Saturday, May 22, 2021

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper #1) by Darcy Coates

USA Today bestseller and rising queen of atmospheric horror Darcy Coates returns with a ghost story that will haunt you long after the final page. She hears them whispering...

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper's cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides by gravestones: some recent, some hundreds of years old, all suffering from neglect.

And in the darkness, she can hear the unquiet dead whispering.

The cemetery is alive with faint, spectral shapes, led by a woman who died before her time... and Keira, the only person who can see her, has become her new target. Determined to help put the ghost to rest, Keira digs into the spirit's past life with the help of unlikely new friends, and discovers a history of deception, ill-fated love, and murder.

But the past is not as simple as it seems, and Keira's time is running out. Tangled in a dangerous web, she has to find a way to free the spirit... even if it means offering her own life in return. 

Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 4th 2021 
by Poisoned Pen Press
4/5 stars

It was the cover that drove me to this book, it has that eerie creepy look that screams don't read late at night. The thing is it isn't as dark as I thought.  Now don't get me wrong that doesn't mean it wasn't a good read because it was.

Kiera forgot her past and I suppose she forgot to be afraid of the dark and creepy situations - like a cemetery late at night. While I say this wasn't dark it was still an interesting mystery that had ghosts of the past mixed with some likeable and kinda quirky characters in the present and it has a cat.

I liked the small town setting, with an eclectic, mysterious cast this was an intriguing story that kept me guessing.  Plots with that ghosty vibe are some of my favourites to read.  Being the first book in a brand new series The Whispering Dead leaves room to fill in the blanks that weren't resolved in this book.  

This book was part of my 2021 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge

Coming March 2022

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