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Rebecca Lim

  • awardLonglisted, Davitt Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2016
  • From the acclaimed author of the Mercy series and The Astrologer’s Daughter.

    Since her parents died in a freak motorbike accident, Sophie Teague’s life has fallen apart.

    But she’s just enrolled at a new high school, hoping for a fresh start.

    That’s until Eve, a beautiful ghost in black, starts making terrifying nightly appearances, wanting Sophie to be her hands, eyes and go-to girl.

    There are loose ends that Eve needs Sophie to tie up. But dealing with the dead might just involve the greatest sacrifice of all.

    Dark, thrilling and unrelentingly eerie, Afterlight will take you deep into the heart of a dangerous love story, revealing the otherworldly—and deadly—pull of past wrongs that only the living can put right.

    Watch Rebecca’s Meet the Author session on ABC Splash.

    Read Rebecca’s take on diversity in young adult literature in the Bookseller: “Why Diversity Matters: An Aussie Perspective”.

    Rebecca Lim
    About the Author

    Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, with a background in commercial law. Rebecca is the author of sixteen books for children and young adult readers, including The Astrologer’s Daughter (a Kirkus Best Book of 2015) and Afterlight. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Aurealis Award and Davitt...

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    24 June 2015
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    grief, friendship, identity, supernatural, love
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    Praise for Rebecca Lim

    ‘I loved it. The intensity, especially with the last few chapters was unexpected and had me on the edge of my seat. I adored Sophie’s character, who readers will not only find likeable but also relatable. Rebecca Lim is a wonderful Aussie author who’s taking our own brand of young adult to the world.’

    ‘[Afterlight has] a dark premise, an unpopular outcast heroine, a beautiful and brooding love interest and a mystery.’

    ‘A good, quick, eerie read.’

    Afterlight has all the ingredients that make up an enthralling read…For those who just like an exciting read that pulls at the heartstrings and ensures some terrifying moments, Lim has ensured that the action is fast paced and the characters are really believable.’

    ‘I am 85% sure Rebecca Lim is not of this world.’

    Afterlight is a slight, hair-raising novel with plenty of suspense and some nice little twists. Four stars.’

    ‘Elegantly written…[Afterlight is] fast paced, filled with thrills and diversity, and I read it in one sitting.’

    ‘Rebecca Lim has crafted a tense and eerie tale, complete with a demanding ghostly apparition and a stirring romance.’

    Afterlight is an eerie little book, full of ghosts and loose ends, biker gangs and high school drama…There is also something compelling about Rebecca Lim’s characters, none of whom fit a cookie-cutter mould.’

    From author Rebecca Lim who has just been nominated for a Prime Minister’s Literary Award, comes this dark, otherworldly and dangerous love story.

    ‘This novel sucked me in straight away…The reader engages with Sophie as she tells her story in the first person, and displays the strengths and weaknesses that make her credible and appealing…I enjoyed this book immensely and will be looking for the next one in the series.’

    ‘As in her triumphant The Astrologer’s Daughter, Lim carefully unspools her tightly plotted fantastical mystery with a reluctant, socially maladroit heroine and an unlikely partner at the center. Her insistent focus on murders of people at society’s fringes and the ability of teen girls to right truly foul injustices are both most welcome…Readers will hold out hope for a second installment set in Lim’s richly imagined world.

    ‘A gorgeous work of magical realism…I enjoyed Afterlight, as I have enjoyed all of Lim’s works. She’s an expert at telling these stories, where the natural world brushes against the supernatural with unexpected consequences.’

    ‘This is a story of grief, as well as a mystery thriller with supernatural aspects…Will have teens rooting for Sophie to save the day, help Eve, and make them believe in ghosts.’

    ‘Lim’s murder mystery is much more than its tightly constructed plot, with rich character development, intriguing concepts about the afterlife, and profound depictions of grief…But it’s Sophie’s narrative tone that stays with the reader; this courageous and believably flawed outcast is a memorable heroine.’

    ‘Sophie is a great, realistic character, who is understandably flawed and is just like any other teenager, trying to fit in at school.’

    Other editions ofAfterlight
    • Afterlight
      ISBN: 9781922253255
      24 June 2015
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