Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black is a YA Historical Mystery set in the 1800s that will have you wanting more!
“Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.
Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.“
This novel is an awesome murder mystery!
For one, the setting had that old-timey, gothic feel. Going into this book, I thought it would have more of the ghost/paranormal aspect to the story, but in reality, this book is all about the murder!
The characters were well written in that there was a variety of personalities in the dialogue. I really enjoyed how this book incorporated not only a main character that is ‘inferior’ to the community and constantly shamed on due to her family’s history but there is also another friend who is the town’s outcast. This particular character is in the ‘special needs’ category, and since this book is set in the mid-1800s, we get to read that viewpoint. It was interesting to be able to walk threw their friendship.
This books definitely surrounds the economical hierarchy and how each social class viewed the world differently from each other and how scandals can make or break a reputation. I felt a lot of empathy for these characters.
Now, back to the murder part.
The way this book is written will not give you a clue to who is behind it all. Which meant the ending for me was a complete surprise, I wouldn’t have guessed it. There are a ton of plot-bombs that bring the suspense up.
I do have to say that the only downside to this story is that there is a love triangle. Towards the middle of the book, it begins to drive the characters, but I was surprised in the choices the main character enacts for herself. She definitely sticks to her inner battles and doesn’t let the relationships cloud her judgment.. that much.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I highly enjoyed the story and quickly found myself flying through it. The plot is constantly on the move, and I really enjoyed reading all the intricate details in just how deep her family history goes.
I give the main character a lot of props for what she went through in this book! I highly recommend this read for those who love a really good murder mystery novel!
Published: 7 August 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only*
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