Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black #bookreview #YA #mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

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.

Small towns seem to contain the most secrets, and this one had more than most.  Layers upon layers.  And that’s what prevented me from putting down this book.

This novel kept me guessing.  At certain points, I rolled my eyes, certain I knew which direction the plot was headed, and how similar this book was to so many others I’d read.  And I was very pleasantly proven wrong.  Twists and surprises are sprinkled throughout, with strong characterization of both the MC and supporting cast, and an enjoyable Victorian era setting.  The ending is something rarely seen in YA books with romantic angles – and it’s perfect for these characters.

One trope this novel does contain is a love triangle, something I’ve never been a fan of.  This triangle and the drama that accompanies it slows the plot about halfway through, and bogs down what is otherwise a captivating, fast-paced read.

I’d recommend this book to fans of mystery, suspense, and romance who enjoy unexpected twists and surprises.  Girl At The Grave is scheduled for publication August 7th, 2018.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

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