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.
The Bottom Line: It took me a very long time to get through this book, in large part because of the tremendously slow start. I didn’t want to DNF this title and am glad I stuck with it as the last third of this book really kicked and got good. At its heart, Girl at the Grave is the story of an unfortunate young lady suffering for the sins of her elders. If the rumors and innuendo are to be believed, Valentine’s family, most of whom are long dead, committed grave sins which have cast a long shadow Valentine is forced to walk in daily. What’s more, the sins and secrets of the past have begun to creep into the present causing Valentine to question everything she has ever been told and believed. As events unfold and Valentine begins to put all the pieces together, she risks everything, including her life to uncover the truth and right the wrongs of the past and the present.
Once this book picked up speed, I didn’t want to put it down, but it took a great deal of page turning to get to that point. Had I tried to read this book in a single go, I think it would have ended up on the DNF list because of the slow start. However, I had hope for this read and quite like Valentine, so I wanted to give it every chance. To that end, I often set this book aside and read something else before going back to Girl at the Grave. My patience and hope were rewarded, and I found the unfolding of events in the last third of the book, the uncovering of the truths to be quite interesting and rather satisfying. I quite like it when everyone, good and bad get exactly what they deserve, and this book delivered. I would encourage readers to give this book a try, but near in mind, you’re going to have to slog through the slow to get to the good.