After You Died
Seventeen-year-old bisexual teen boy Asher remembers nothing from the night in 1968 that the police found him covered in his girlfriend's blood. He knows he'd never hurt anyone, least of all her. But the only person who believes him is his twin sister. He's sentenced to five years at the Dozier Reform School. And like Asher's memory, Dozier hides violent secrets of its own.
Juvenile boys serving time for everything from truancy to murder are hidden away in the sinister School for Boys. Those who manage to escape its bounds with broken bones and scars are the lucky ones. Asher's afraid he may end up like many of the other students buried beneath unmarked graves. Worse, his fellow inmates may become his next victims.
In hopes of recovering the events from the night of the murder, Asher visits the school's psychiatrist. But when the memories return, he finds many aren't his own. Thoughts, feelings, and visions from another life, and another time, slip into his mind. And each new memory brings consequences. First days disappear, then weeks. As the weeks slip away, students follow. He starts seeing his murdered girlfriend Olivia in the woods around the school. One morning, after following her ghost into the forest the night before, he wakes up outside covered in blood with no memory, and fears he's killed someone else. On top of that, he learns that his sister-who had feared she was being stalked by a boy from their school-has disappeared. Could Asher himself somehow be responsible?
As Asher's possible body count grows, he knows the answers he needs are trapped within his own mind, and in ghosts from the past. He needs to find out who he is and prove the murders aren't connected to him or risk losing his sanity and freedom forever.
AFTER YOU DIED is a paranormal thriller loosely based on true events.
- Paperback | 300 pages
- 139 x 215 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
- 12 Aug 2021
- POLIS BOOKS
- New York, United States
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"Gripping and atmospheric, immersive and thrilling, AFTER YOU DIED is a heart-pounding mystery around lost memory and what happens when past blurs into present. Asher is a protagonist you can't help but root for even when you're wondering about what he may have done in those missing hours... "-Wendy Heard , author of SHE'S TOO PRETTY TO BURN
"AFTER YOU DIED is one of the more riveting books I've read in ages. Dea Poirer pulls you in from the very first chapter, and takes you on one hell of a journey. Get this book for the genre-bending, stay for the incredibly gorgeous writing."-Amina Akhtar, author of #FASHIONVICTIM
"An intense, powerfully written story that combines elements of gothic fiction, the supernatural, and the psychological thriller in perfect balance. Poirier builds an incredible sense of dread and longing through the story, delivering a novel that will haunt you for a long time afterwards."-CrimeReads
"A thrilling, incredibly atmospheric read that had me gripping the edge of my seat in suspense more times than I'd like to admit. I could truly FEEL the oppressive Florida heat, and the chill of eyes watching from the woods. It is a wonderfully dark and spooky book and I can't wait for the next one."-Fran Dorricott, author of AFTER THE ECLIPSE, THE FINAL CHILD, and THE LIGHTHOUSE
"Nicely written...The engrossing narrative switches between Asher's reality and the fantasy world of his increasingly disturbing dreams, until the two realms seem to merge."-Publishers Weekly
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