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The New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series delivers her first novel for adults, a story about the living, the dead, and a curse that binds them.
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn't a funeral that Maylene didn't attend, and at each Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words "Sleep well, and stay where I put you."
Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
I am a fairly new fan of Melissa Marr and now that I read this book I am sure to be a long time one. My first experience with her books was reading "Wicked Lovely", a young adult, modern day story about faeries. This is Melissa's first adult novel and I'm pretty sure it is only the second adult novel I have read in over a year. (You'd think it would be more considering, well...I am an adult. Legally anyway.Many years past legal I should say)
*waving hands in air and shaking head* Back to things at hand.
Rebekkah Barrow is a likable character faced with many obstacle's; the death of family members, turmoil with surviving family members, the graveminder legacy, the walking dead and Byron. Oh how I like Byron let me count the ways.
The story takes place in a small tranquil town and... some place else really cool. (I want to tell you but I don't want to spoil it, so trust me, it's cool) Melissa gives us a believable setting and the story moves at a steady, entertaining pace.
There are a few swear words and a mild bedroom scene so if you have a young teenager that is an established fan from previous published young adult books you may want to read it first. Then you can decide for yourself if your youngster is mature enough for it. For me it was not offensive and we all know how PG I am.
Over all, this is a good book. The eerie setting really appealed to me, until now I never realized how much I like cemeteries. Is that weird? Don't answer that. Despite the darker tone this is a great summer read. Pick up your copy and let me know what you think.