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Friday, October 21, 2016

Book Review: The Next by Stephanie Gangi

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from St Martins Press, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Halloween is a week away, are you ready?

You know you need a proper ghost story, right?

How about one who's subtitle is 'a novel of love, revenge and a ghost who can't let go' ???

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Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over Ned McGowan, her much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time.
Joanna falls from her life, from the love of her daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right—makes Ned pay—so she can truly move on.
From the other side into right this minute, Jo embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after


Wow! This book grabs you from the first page! Jo is a character that is equally the woman you want as your best friend, and the one you don't want to know. You understand her logic, you feel for her daughters, but you also are secretly urging her on. She's a ghost you can relate to! For a first time author Stephanie does an amazing job in making Jo a character you can't stop reading about!

The dialogue is one you might even imagine in your own family. It is sharp, witty, honest and true. This is family drama and its highest, and revenge at it's finest, with a blade honed by despair. As drawn in as you are by the tale, you secretly hope for happiness for Jo and her girls. The ending will not disappoint. This is not just a 'ghost story', it is a tale of love and loss, and how our hearts break. Do NOT miss this story!

About the Author:

Stephanie Gangi lives, works and writes in New York City. She is a lifelong New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, and raised her own kids in Tribeca, Rockland County and on the Upper West Side.

Gangi’s first publishing credit, many years ago, was a children’s book, Lumpy: A Baseball Fable, co-written with pitching great (and New York Met) Tug McGraw. She ghostwrote a tell-all about Liberace in 1984 but left the only copy in a taxicab. She has written jacket copy, pitch letters, business plans, speeches, mortgage checks, absence excuse notes, letters to editors, hundreds of poems, dozens of story starts, dating profiles, countless email, texts, sexts and random tweets. She once chalked a love note on the wall of a Paris alley in the rain.

She is an award-winning poet at work on a chapbook, and her second novel.

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