Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins: Spotlight, Excerpt and Review
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up in Alabama?
Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.
Instead, I went to Alabama.
Yeah. I know. It’s weird.
I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife--and probably a Bad-Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.
At any rate, by the time death came, I was ready for it--ready to stop hurting, ready to let go. I didn’t even fight it.
And then I woke up dead in Alabama. Talk about pissed off.
You know, even reincarnation would have been fine with me--I could have started over, clean slate and all that. Human, cow, bug. Whatever. But no. I ended up haunting someplace I’d never even been.
That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, right? Ghosts are supposed to be the tortured spirits of those who cannot let go of their earthly existence. If they could be convinced to follow the light, they’d leave behind said earthly existence and quit scaring the bejesus out of the poor folks who run across them. That’s what all those “ghost hunter” shows on television tell us.
Let me tell you something. The living don’t know jack about the dead.
Not this dead chick, anyway.
From the first paragraph
I fell in love with this story.It opens
with Callie waking up as a ghost after being brutally murdered.She has no idea why she wakes up in a small
town in Alabama when she lived and died in Dallas, Texas.Callie quickly finds out she is a ghost,
unseen, unfelt, and unheard by the overwhelming majority of the living people
she encounters.She is bored, and
quickly falls into a rather odd routine.Then something horrible happens. She witnesses a murder and knows she
must get involved before an even worse injustice occurs.With the help of friends she encounters along
the way, Callie unravels the mystery and cunningly devises a plan to catch the
I loved the overall tone
and chipper voice of Callie as she retells her story.I found the whole premise engaging and it
kept my interest without fail. The secondary characters blended well into the
whole, and filled my mind with humor while also subtly picking at certain
stereotypes; encouraging more open mind-sets.This is the first book in a planned series, so the big question of why
did Callie get transported to Alabama in the afterlife remains. Though I think
I have a pretty good idea after having read this book.I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s next for
Callie, and to find out if my speculation is on target or off base.
This book was given to
me in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
About the Author
Margo Bond Collins lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, several spoiled cats, and a ridiculous turtle. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters. Waking Up Dead is her first published novel. Her second novel, Legally Undead, is an urban fantasy, forthcoming in 2014 from World Weaver Press.