Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Claysville. Normal towns don’t lure you back.
Maylene Burrow and William Montgomery have for years borne special responsibilities in the town of Claysville. Duties to the newly departed that help keep their loved ones safe.
Rebekkah Barrow, Maylene’s granddaughter, left Claysville a decade ago, trying to put painful memories behind her. But evil has been let loose in Claysville and now Maylene is dead. It falls to Rebekkah to return to the town – and the man – she left behond, to stop a monster and keep the dead in their place.
Byron Montgomery, following in his father’s footsteps, is the town’s new undertaker, and the man who now bears his own special responsibility – to help Rebekkah. He is also the man she left behind. (back cover)
Maylene is a Graveminder for Claysville, someone who takes care of the dead. She’s found dead at her home after meeting with a 17 year old stranger. Maylene’s granddaughter Rebekka returns home for the funeral but plans on leaving after it. But then she meets Byron whom she left behind years ago and discovers the towns mysterious past. It may not be so easy to leave as she thought.
When I first started the book I managed to read maybe 4 pages before thinking to put it aside for something else. But since I had marked it as currently reading at Goodreads I gave it another try. And while it wasn’t awesome it got better.
If I remember right this is supposed to be Marr’s first adult book. Hmm, I would have thought it to be YA and it wasn’t so different from her YA books in the end.
I wasn’t huge fan of Rebekkah who was mostly just selfish. She kinda stole her sister’s boyfried and years after her sister’s death Rebekkah is still pushing Byron away and keeping Ella between them. They fight, make up, fight, make up and Byron is just pining after her. I liked Byron put I wished he would have just dumped her.
It was quite fast read and I liked the idea of the book but just couldn’t connect with the book enough.
Publisher: Harper (2012)
Source: my own