Review of The Happy Ever Afterlife Of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter

Published: 21st May 2015
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 304


When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world’s worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she’s actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she’s still here. Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love…


Thank you to Little Brown for kindly sending me a review copy.

Kate’s debut begins with what can only be described as ‘a sausage hangover,’ but it’s much more than that. Towards the end of the opening chapter, it all clicks. Rosie is no more and all of what we’re reading is an out-of-body experience or in terms – A GHOST! The involvement of the past was a pretty big deal. Jenny (BFF to Rosie) and Jack (the BF of Rosie) have a history from back in their Dublin days yet but what? Rosie and the readers knew nothing… NOTHING AT ALL and I desperately wanted to know.

“Rosie Potter, you’ve been nothing but a headache to me since I first set foot in this bar.”

The voice of the narrative is one hundred per cent Rosie’s without a doubt. Everything we learn as readers is through her and oh boy, we learn some interesting stuff. Despite being a ghost, her presence was really strong and she was a very loveable, fun character to follow around as she glided through the village. I really liked the added element of Rosie’s taste of walking through doors and windows – it was a unique addition which paid off rather well.

“What a fabulous final memory to have of a gal.”

The strangeness between Jenny and Jack continued throughout majority of the plot and I did hope that whatever happened between them would be shocking. Yet the one aspect which did shock me was the aspect of someone being able to see Rosie, someone who has loved her for a very long time and that was extremely sweet. It was a genius aspect on Kate’s behalf. There is no calm moment throughout the book; it’s all go and happens in a matter of days which I really enjoyed. Despite the genre being chick-lit, people who tend to read Crime/Mystery, would devour this debut novel just as much as I did. The twist at the end of the book… Well, I didn’t expect that! The whole reveal was done in utter suspense and the amount of tension I felt was crazy! When the truth was finally revealed, I couldn’t stop giggling.

“In fact, it’s about time I told someone the truth about Jack bloody Harper.”

Overall, as a book from a debut author, Kate has done extremely well. The plot was thought out very well, the characters were unique, they were linked brilliantly together and the paragraphs flowed beautifully. Kate’s writing was spot on and she’s definitely found her seat in the world of fiction, that’s for sure! The epilogue was incredibly sweet and I felt like all the characters got the ending they deserved (even Jack!). I can’t wait to see what Kate writes next. BRB, I’m off to watch Ghost. 

“Go to her, my love.”

Twitter: @KatiCut