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 innocentRowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncover...
|Title||:||Girl at the Grave|
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Girl at the Grave Reviews
This book is a historical mystery which was so much fun. I need to read more of these. The mystery is multigenerational and keeps you guessing. There are some dreamlike (flashback) sequences which are clearly marked as flashbacks which I appreciated. One of my favorite things was the main character wants to advocate for women's rights and continue her education. There is a love triangle which was kind of annoying, but I understand why the author chose to do it (framing one boy as her past and on ...more
Girl at the Grave is an atmospheric YA mystery set in the late 1800's. Reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter, it evokes gothic sensibilities, an underlying sense of unease, and the terrors of rural small-mindedness for women and those who were different. Valentine has spent her life being known as the daughter of a murderess and, despite her success in school, she can't seem to outrun her past or her poverty. New murders shine a spotlight on her as a suspect, but she is determi ...more
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC! Longer review after the book’s publication date, but the quick and dirty is that it’s a good read, gets bogged down (for me, anyway) in the middle with romance triangle drama, then picks back up again.
As for the bet with myself, I was only half right.
4.5 stars... really enjoyed this one and there are so many twists!!
Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black was one of my most anticipated reads for this summer and I’m so happy I had the opportunity to get my hands on a review copy. This book is the perfect mix of historical and gothic mystery that I didn’t want to put it down from the moment I turned to the first page. No spoilers here because I don’t want to ruin this story for anyone so apologies in advance if anything sounds vague.
Valentine D ...more
Girl at the Grave started off strong with suspense, mystery, and action, and then fell flat with little happening until well after the 50% mark. The middle was filled with Valentine getting to know her love interest Rowan as four months passed. Their time together was a plus since the instant love factor was nonexistent, but on the other hand, Valentine spent the majority of the novel in love with two guys and went back and forth between them. Her best friend Sam was extremely possessive and jea ...more
Girl at the Grave is a decent enough historical mystery that spends too much time on its romantic subplot. When I first started it, I did not even know that it was historical fiction (there is no such indication in the blurb) and the setting was also a little confusing. Small town in 19th century US with a co-ed high school (even if the classes were separate, they do share a campus) was weird enough, but a lot of the times, it doesn't even become apparent that it is set in that time.
The story is ...more
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek
**** Thank you to Tor Teen for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****
**** Trigger Warnings: Violence, Death & Murder, Brief Mention of Physical Abuse, and Death of a Parent ****
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars
I was expecting something very different given the synopsis but overall I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this one. Was it perfect? No. But it was an enjoyable read especially since ...more
*Genre* Young Adult / Historical / United States / 19Th Century
Girl at the Grave is the debut novel from author Teri Bailey Black. It is a Gothic tale of murder and romance set to the backdrop of 1850s New England (Feavers Crossing, Connecticut). The story's protagonist is 17 year old Valentine Barron Deluca. Val has spent 11 years trying to outrun her mother's legacy. When she was 6 years old, Isabella Deluca was charged with murdering a man and quickly h ...more