Two years ago, a man broke into James Blakely's apartment and shot him in his sleep. Twelve times, killing him instantly. Dead and confused, James discovers he has a choice: he can move on into the afterlife, or he can stay behind. Unfortunately, since James has done some very bad things, moving on into the afterlife can only mean one thing: the fires of Hell. Or so he thinks. Forgoing eternal damnation, James instead chooses to haunt his old apartment building.
Now James's days are mostly spent visiting his daughter and ex-wife, welcoming new neighbors, and talking to those who can see the dead. It's a simple, peaceful life, but with each passing day, James discovers something more and more alarming: memories of his former life--and even his own identity--begin slipping away. Faced with the prospect that he is rapidly deteriorating into a state of nothingness, James sets out to save his eternal soul. With the help of his daughter and a world-class medium, his journey to peace and forgiveness will not be an easy one, especially for a ghost who still wishes to be a father--and who fears he is destined for a fiery Hell as punishment for sins he cannot remember. Now, as James begins to uncover the devastating secret that connects his soul to earth, he will discover that even in death life has a few surprises.
“Excuse me, sir,” I said. “Can you help me? I think I’m lost.”
But the man wearing the shabby seersucker coat ignored me. His head and shoulders were wet, and the umbrella he was carrying was dripping rainwater all over the polished marble floor. He was leaving a slippery—and dangerous—trail down the center of the hallway. Not only did he care little for others’ welfare, the bastard was also ignoring me.
I picked up my pace and tapped him on the shoulder. At least, I think I tapped him on the shoulder.
Sweet Jesus, did my finger just pass through his shoulder? Of course not. I’m seeing things.
“Excuse me, sir?” I said again.
But he kept moving briskly through the hallway. I moved briskly, too, directly behind him. His leather hiking boots squeaked along the floor. I didn’t squeak at all.
“Hey,” I said, “why won’t you—”
And then he stopped suddenly and I nearly ran into him.
Actually, I did run into him. Or rather, I should have run into him. Instead, I went through him.
Stunned, I stepped back. The man was shivering now, nearly uncontrollably. The hair on the back of his neck was standing on end.
“Excuse me,” I said again, completely shaken. “I think I’m lost.”
His back was still to me. He cocked his head to one side and appeared to be listening. Then slowly—very slowly—he turned around and looked straight at me.
Well, sort of.
Actually, his eyes had that sort of glazed, unfocused look that people get when they’re staring off into space.
Or looking through you.
“Sir?” I said again.
He continued staring through me for another beat or two, then frowned and turned and started squeaking down the hallway again.
I watched him go. He paused outside a door, fished for a bundle of keys in his pocket, sought one out, and inserted it into the lock. He opened the door and was gone in an instant, and I was left standing in the hallway alone.
What the hell?
I turned slowly. I realized, with some alarm, that nothing looked familiar. The hallway was covered in mirrors. I stopped turning and faced one such mirror.
There was nothing in the mirror.
I wasn’t in the mirror!
Maybe they weren’t mirrors. I walked over to it, reached out a finger to touch it and...my finger passed straight through the mirror as if it weren’t there.
No, a voice in my head said. It’s you who isn’t here. ... Read more
Customer Reviews (11)
This is an entertaining and sometimes amusing book. I found it refreshing and looked forward to a reading session with it. It is not pretentious and like some of JR Rain's other books, a pleasure to read.
This book was fantastic.it was very different and quite thought provoking.Highly recommended.
this is a great book
I first found Moon Dance a couple of months ago and knew that I wanted to read more books by this author.I read lots of books on my Kindle, and I'm always looking for more good books.I read different genres including mysteries, paranormal, historical, detective and even "real" literature and spiritual books.I am so happy that I discovered J.R. Rains.I read his two Knighthorse detective mysteries, which I really enjoyed also.Then I read The Body Departed and just loved it.
This book has an interesting story...a paranormal mystery with intriguing spiritual aspects.Some parts brought tears to my eyes: the love of the dead father for his daughter, between the man and his friend, the medium, and between the twin brothers.Very thought-provoking issues about love and forgiveness and reincarnation.I highly recommend this book and this author.
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James Blakely was murdered two years ago and ever since he has been a troubled spirit "haunting" the apartment building that he lived in.He gets to visit with his daughter at night while she is sleeping and he spirit is open to his.He is great friends with Pauline, the medium in the building who drinks a little too much, but who wouldn't dealing with the dead all day!James is convinced he is going to hell but maybe there is a way for him to change things around.Gotta read the book to find out how and if it works.
I fell in love with James from page one.He is a sweet guy who is confused in death.Watching him on his adventures is very heartwarming as are the scenes with his daughter.I think the author did a fantastic job in making you feel like you are right there.The characters are like your family and you find yourself routing for James throughout the book.There are surprises that all get tied together as the book goes on and the end will surely bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your face.
This was my first book by J.R. Rain but I am going in search of more.I would recommend The Body Departed to anyone who likes a nice ghost story along the lines of Ghost.It's a nice, easy read.
Are there 2 J.R. Rains?
This book did not flow from one point to the next. It was disjointed, and stilted, with little or no plot.
The characters had no depth and I was often bored. Had I read this before, "The Mummy Case," I'd have never bought another of Mr. Rain's books.
I always thought that something well-written should be admired whether one liked the genre or not, but the reviews of this book definitely show that different people like different types of books, as the other reviews all gave this book 5 stars, wow.
I will say that I'm seriously thinking of buying one for each of my born-again Christian relatives and friends. It just seems to me it would be very satisfying to be a fly on the wall when they read the dialogue between Jesus and the protagonist.
Of course, I'll buy all the rest of Mr Rain's books, because I really think most of them are great, but not this one.
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