Thursday, 21 January 2016

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Synopsis (from Goodreads

Pages: 496
Publisher: Hot Key Books 
Released: 27th of October 2015 

Josephine Montfort is from one of New York's oldest, most respected, and wealthiest families. Like most well-off girls of the era her future looks set—after a finishing school education, she will be favourably married off to a handsome wealthy gentleman. But Jo wants a more meaningful and exciting life: she wants to be an investigative journalist like her heroine Nellie Bly.

But when Jo's father dies after an alleged accident, she begins to investigate his death with the help of a young reporter, Eddie Gallagher. It quickly becomes clear he was murdered, and in their race against time to discover the culprit and his motive, Jo and Eddie find themselves not only battling dark characters of the violent and gritty streets of New York, but also their growing feelings for each other.

What I Have to See 

This was a wonderful read. I adored it, from the first page until the last, I loved it. Jo was a wonderful character, but then I am biased towards girls in period books that want to break from the confines of the expectations put upon them. Girls doing things such as visiting morgues without an escort,  that would be completely frowned upon in polite society is always a good concept for a story. 

Jo and Eddie were great together as well. Jo with her ambitions to become the new Nellie Bly and Eddie trying to persuade her out of doing all the dangerous things she does, but instead being forced to go along to look after her, because Jo is far, far too stubborn to let anyone talk her out of the things she wants to do. 

The book was also tense and mysterious, full of tension and suspense, but really Jo was the thing that did it for me. I really hope that the author writes more books about her, because I need to see more from her. 

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