Book Review: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
veronica | I’m not going to lie, I picked Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones up right after I finished the seventh installment. I really can’t seem to get enough of Charley and her antics. But this time, in a bid to keep the 12 hellhounds at bay, she is living on consecrated grounds and heavily pregnant. As always, being a Grim Reaper with the ability to see and speak to the dead has its drawbacks; Charley is on the case of the dead nun. After all, what’s a girl to do when she can’t leave the grounds to do the work she lives for?
I understand a lot of people were quite unhappy with how this installment unfolded, I hear you BUT, did you really expect it all be laid out for you so soon? Certainly, as with any author with a beloved character, there will be bumps. It’s hard to take a lively character such as Charley and plunk her in a small space and expect the same kind of animation.
We finally find out several exciting things in this eighth book, who Mr. Wong is, the twelve, meeting Beep and the battle that we’ve been waiting for happens. I loved the sneaky twist Jones threw in there and I feel its important to not only the overall story but also Charley’s character. With a smooth foreshadowing that is reminiscent of much more serious novels, it didn’t detract from the overall telling of this one.
I may be a bit biased though; I love Charley and her sense of humour, her passion for helping others and a strong sense of right and wrong that even if she became annoying, I wouldn’t bat an eye.
may 19, 2015