The small town of Claysville is not like other towns. It residents never seem to get sick and they also never seem to leave (not for any significant period of time, anyway). There is also a special relationship with the dead there; if they are not properly minded (by the aptly named Graveminder), they return to the world of the living and cause trouble.
Rebekkah, though not born in Claysville, defines her life by her time in the town and spends her time drifting from place to place, never feeling settled anywhere. She receives word that her grandmother, Maylene (the town’s Graveminder) has passed away, and she returns home to Claysville for the first time in years. Upon her return, a plethora of issues arise, including hostile step-family members, dealing with the grief of losing her grandmother, and facing Byron, her on-again-off-again beau. Rebekkah and Byron begin to learn what it truly means to be the Graveminder and why their town has such a unique relationship with the dead.
I had heard nothing but high praises for this book and the plot sounds like something right up my alley (I’m always a sucker for a good supernatural story). I came out of this book feeling rather lukewarm; some parts were really good, some weren’t. The mythology of the Graveminder (and corresponding Undertaker) is built up slowly and steadily throughout the book and I liked her pacing and revelations related to that whole situation. Rebekkah and Byron I didn’t find quite as entertaining. We are giving a fairly finite amount of issues that lie between them (though, to be fair, one is a whopper) and rather than giving us any more of their history or even hints of character development, we’re subjected to them rehashing the same thing over and over again. Rebekkah, quite frankly, got on my nerves after awhile. Brave and bold is one thing, stupid and stubborn is quite another.
For fans of paranormal and/or supernatural themed books, this is probably worth a go. It’s a fairly quick read and while I think there is a sequel planned, this story wraps up satisfactorily enough on its own. There’s nothing particularly ground breaking here, but Marr’s writing is good and it is a rather quick read (clocking in at 324 pages).