Genie has everything – a BRIT award, a singing career, the attention of the press and Oliver Fox, a pretty boy who looks good on her arm.
Until he dies.
His death brings Genie’s long buried feelings bubbling to the surface. Her grief over the death of her lover Wendi who introduced her to this world. Her self doubt and fear that she will be exposed as a fraud.
How far is she prepared to go to fix things?
The afterlife isn’t the most comfortable of places for anyone who’s still alive, but Genie’s not going to take any crap from the dead – she’s got years of experience in the music business.
Sometimes going to Hell and back takes a lifetime…
There are two separate stories here. The first one tells us all about Genie and her rise to fame, after a chance meeting with Wendi, the lead singer of a band called Beam. It’s a roller-coaster ride through the music business, through a world of alcohol and drugs. Wendi and Genie have a relationship, but it is not enough to prevent Wendi from taking her own life and Genie is gradually discovering how fickle the whole celebrity world can be.
The second story takes us into the underworld as we follow Genie down an escalator into Hell where she meets Wendi and other people she knew who have died. I really enjoyed this part of the story. The descriptions have come from a truly imaginative mind. It is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus in the Underworld. It is full of references to myth and fairy tales.
But I have to be honest. I struggled far more with the drugs and alcohol than I did with the premise of Hell and back. I found that part fascinating. The writer can really go to town with the descriptions of the underworld as I assume none of us has been there and lived to tell the tale.
This is an excellent book but I am not the target audience and that is probably why I had problems with the drugs lifestyle and the bad language. For the right audience, this book will be fascinating and insightful.
Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours
About the Author
Chris is a writer based in UK, who has had a number of short stories published over the past few years, blogs on a regular basis and occasionally reviews books and audios for the British Fantasy Society.
Chris wrote a short pop memoir which was published in 2011 and went down well with its core-audience. It continues to sell at a steady rate to this day.
Chris also plays bass guitar and performs random acts of web and graphic design for a diverse selection of clients.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08PCM8XXY
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/comeback-chris-limb/1138397379