Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Review: These Shallow Graves

Title: These Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Length: 496 pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Content Appropriate for: Grades 9-12

Three adjectives that describe this book: dark, complex, believable

Murder mystery set in 1890s New York. Fun to read with a very conflicted main character who helped this historical setting come alive. Even though I had the murderer pegged early on, it was still fun to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Additionally, I enjoyed the way Donnelly crafted the setting and how she portrayed several different classes and how they interact with one another. Overall, a bit slow at the start, but with intriguing characters/setting.
3.5 stars

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