Synopsis according to Goodreads:
“Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. While growing up, Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual at every funeral: three sips from a small silver flask followed by the words, “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”
Now Maylene is gone and Bek must return to the hometown—and the man—she abandoned a decade ago, only to discover that Maylene’s death was not natural . . . and there was good reason for her odd traditions. In Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected—and beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. From this dark place the deceased will return if their graves are not properly minded. And only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.”
Graveminder was an excellent summer read- truly gothic, being chilling without gore or too much horror. I love the mythology and world that Melissa Marr set up, which she did gracefully. Her use of language and her imaginative concepts were charming. Of all the elements in her book, I disliked the central romance the most. It didn’t have much tension, as the setup allowed it to be a foregone conclusion.
The primary tension of the book, and thus the enjoyable part, was centered around the task/challenge of the main character, Rebekkah. And because of that, as soon as it ended I wanted to read more. Not about the character, per se, but about the world. I’d love to see prequels, following the stories of Rebekkah’s predecessors. Marr dropped some tantalizing hints about these characters, and my interest is definitely piqued.
I’d recommend this for fans of traditional gothic, supernatural, and the like. Also anyone looking for a fun read (especially while camping).
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