This is a fantastic book. I really enjoyed reading this one. Maylene is the Graveminder. She makes sure the dead stay in their graves. Her partner is the Undertaker. He keeps her safe so she can keep the town safe. But someone murders Maylene. Her step granddaughter comes back to town. Bek is the next Graveminder. Byron, the Undertaker's son, has been in love with her for years. But she spurns him. Byron's father takes him to the world under their house. This is where the dead live. Byron becomes the next Undertaker and must bring Bek here so she can start as the next Graveminder. But the murderer is continuing their spree. Who is it and how can they save the town?
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
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.
Melissa Marr is known to young adult readers as the author of the popular faery series, Wicked Lovely. This is her debut leap into adult fiction.
"A deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined."
—Kelley Armstrong, author of The Gathering