The Afterlife Coach

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
332 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2017
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Author Biography

It was a rainy day when Susan Paul was born on April Fool's Day in Montreal, Canada. Things got better as she spent an idyllic childhood running around until the streetlights came on. At some point, she thought that practicing law was a good idea.

She was wrong.

Luckily, her husband very kindly offered to take her away from it all by moving them around Europe and then to Asia. The Afterlife Coach is her second novel and most days she can be found chained to her desk working on her third one. She currently lives with her family and their anarchistic dog in Toronto.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

How do you feel about unexpected visitors? At one time, random company would not have bothered Claire. After the death of her husband, though, Claire faces a life alone with no surprise visitors and the impending departure of her college age twins. Alone except for the midnight visits from Clint, her adopted raccoon, who is intent upon bringing his uninvited raccoon posse outside her bedroom window every night. Maybe alone is better after all. She knew she had to ready herself for the empty nest syndrome that would settle soon upon her home. But she isn’t ready for the wave of unexpected guests in the form of Napoleon Bonaparte, Count Dracula, and Janis Joplin.

Occupying every inch of her home, eating Fruit Loops in her kitchen, these visitors are related to the job she left many months before. Unwanted and uninvited, Bonaparte, Joplin, and the Prince of Darkness were somehow detoured on their way from In Between to After. Fortunately for them, Claire is a retired Afterlife coach. Unfortunately for Claire, she said farewell to that job some time ago. All those years she managed to hide her profession from her friends, family and her beloved Daniel. She wasn’t ready to start explaining herself now.

Enjoy the antics of Claire and her deceased buddies in The Afterlife Coach by Susan E. Paul. Outrageously funny and remarkably witty, Susan E. Paul has created the novel of the decade. I am so glad that I selected this book to review. I haven't laughed so much in a long time. Hope to read about Cleopatra soon! There is never a dull moment, never a wasted page in this literary romp on the wild side.


Absolutely hilarious book! Ms Paul is a comedic genius and the reason why I'm now a Janis Joplin fan. Would definitely recommend if you need a good laugh- and who doesn't? 10/10

Margaret Ghielmetti

The Afterlife Coach is a smart, funny read, with unexpected twists, emerging from a very creative premise. It never veers into absurdity, but rather uses humor and finesse to deliver a lovely message about being present in our own lives, pursuing what we love, treasuring those we treasure. And also letting go. I loved this book!

Lynda H

The Afterlife Coach is one of the best books that I have recently read. There were so many different types of humor in this book - I found myself laughing out loud!! This was a very hard book to put down and I didn't want it to end. The way Susan developed the characters, you grew to understand and feel the emotions of each of character as you read through her book. Can't wait for her next book!!!!


This is not a book I would have normally picked up... but I am so glad I did -- very funny and entertaining read from page one. The plot never stops surprising you and the characters are unlike any others.