Book Review: First Grave on the Right

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First Grave on the Right Cover Title: First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

Author: Darynda Jones

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

My Review

I don’t know when it happened, but I seem to have developed a liking for grim reaper paranormals! There are so many things that can be done with them because the lore on reapers is all so vague. Every version is different and that makes them just that much more interesting.

First Grave on the Right relies heavily on the ghost love that is indirectly related to reaper lore. Charley, as a grim reaper is the only one who can see the ghosts and therefore the only one who can help them along to the light. This allows for an incredibly interesting ghostly “peanut gallery” (think the princes in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust), There are a few beautifully poignant moments when the dead interact or at least react to those they left behind, but for the most part they delivered one-liners that served as comedy for the whole book.

I would have to say my favorite character in the whole book was Reyes. I’m still not quite sure exactly what he’s supposed to be and that slight mystery was delightful! That was just as much the mystery as the murders, and both were paced just perfectly. Each little tidbit of information made me want more. I’m still almost as confused as when I started. But that’s okay because all gorgeous heroes need a little bit of mystery, right?

While this book definitely wasn’t my usual, I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. It had a sort of Sookie Stackhouse flair to it, but it didn’t overpower the more interesting parts. I’m very glad I chose to try this one, and I will definitely be reading the next book!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: First Grave on the Right”

  1. I’m happy you liked this one, Anne!! I admit that Reyes wasn’t my favourite character, but the story was definitely sexy and fun. :)

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