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A Grave Calling (Bodies of Evidence Book 1) Kindle Edition
There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it's a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely usesshe prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.
Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.
This book is approximately 74,000 words
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- ASIN : B06XFHJVLS
- Publisher : Carina Press (June 5, 2017)
- Publication date : June 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1186 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 199 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #659,069 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The problem with this book (for me) began at about the 70% mark, and continued through until very nearly the end. Julie is a survivor, and up until that 70% mark she might have made decisions that I wouldn't have made, but they made sense when combined with her character. After that 70% mark she became too stupid to live. She made choice after choice that left me rolling my eyes, and angry with the author for using Julie's too stupid to live choices as a plot device. Your millage may vary, but it irritated me. I had to put the book down and walk away. The pacing at the very end was super quick, and then really slow. It just felt a little odd.
I did appreciate the resolution to the story. There's no cliffhanger, which I REALLY appreciate, but there is a segue to the next book in the series, and that tempting little morsel was well done. It made me interested in the next book against my will. So, I'm not sure if I'll buy the next book in the series or not. I did like this book, but if Julie's M.O. is going to be to make stupid mistakes and then scramble to get out of them, I'm not having it. I need a savvy heroine, even if her choices aren't what I would do - I need to be able to understand her reasoning. This book didn't qualify for me on that score at all.
However, as the book continued two things slowly built up until at 80% in I just couldn't make myself pick it up to keep reading.
First, while I recognize that in a mystery novel where the main character is not a member of a law enforcement agency, the main character needs to act in ways to insert themselves into the investigation, Julie went too far and made choices that were not needed, risky to her and risky to the investigation.
Second the relationship between Julie and Garrett was very not ok. I'm not normally one to get worked up about an age difference in a romance, but in this case the age, their positions FBI investigator and whatever she was to the investigation and honestly mostly just how very damaged they each were. This didn't feel like a healthy choice for either of them. Given more time it could have been, but it certainly needed to at least wait until the case was no longer active.
When Julie decided impulsively to yet again leave the not-great version of protective custody that she was in to do something that could and should have waited, I was done.
Top reviews from other countries
No sé muy bien cómo definir esta historia.
Hay romance, pero...
Hay suspense, pero...
Y hay algo de chick-lit, creo...
La historia ha sufrido por culpa de la narración en primera persona. Normalmente es algo muy peligroso, si no está bien hecho puede hundir la historia, aquí no la ha hundido, pero creo que ha sido un lastre. Ha habido muchas repeticiones y la prosa no ha sido fluida. Ha ido a trompicones.
Por otro lado, la autora ha conseguido hacerme ver todo lo que estaba pasando como si yo fuese Julie, así que he podido justificar "algunas" de sus acciones, aunque "no todas".
Las dos primeras veces en las que la protagonista decide incumplir las órdenes que le había dado el FBI pude justificarlas, no tenía apenas sensación de peligro, yo era tan inconsciente del mismo como la protagonista. La tercera vez me abrió los ojos y puso a Julie en el temido estante de las heroínas TSTL. No hay otra explicación. Es una de esas veces en las que estás gritando al personaje "Noooooooo, no hagas eso, nooooo!!!!" pero va y lo hace.
El suspense es muy, muy bueno. Con un par de giros que no se ven venir, increíblemente bien hecho y de esos que te atrapan y casi que tienes que cerrar los ojos porque no puedes con la tensión. Pero el final ha sido muy brusco. Ha sido un auténtico frenazo en seco. Me he quedado patidifusa y preguntándome ¿Ya está? Me gustaría haber sabido porqué el malo hizo todo lo que hizo y qué exactamente fue todo lo que hizo. No ha dado ni una sola explicación. Ni del cómo, ni del porqué, ni de cuantos. Por qué la cinta, por qué los ríos y puentes, por qué esa edad... La autora deja entrever algo, pero no lo dice claramente, todo queda a la imaginación del consumidor. Mi mente sigue rellenando los espacios en blanco y ahora mismo tengo una imagen del suspense que no sé si es la que la autora quería o una que me he sacado yo de la manga.
Y el romance ha estado bien pero le ha faltado algo. Algún tipo de conexión y/o química entre ellos. Hay una gran diferencia de edad entre los protagonistas pero no me ha preocupado. Creo que no estaba lo suficientemente involucrada en el romance para que me importase. La autora nos pinta a la pareja tan ansiosa de utilizar el sexo como escape que al final no me he creído el HEA. Que, para ser sincera, también ha sido algo tibio.
Me han gustado los protagonistas. Realistas y con fallos a puñados. Un soplo de aire fresco en este mundo de personajes superficiales y perfectos.
En fin, el potencial estaba ahí, pero le ha faltado "hilar fino" para conseguir que la historia fuese algo realmente especial.
I'm not sure how to define this story.
There is romance, but ...
There is suspense, but ...
And there's some chick-lit, or so I think ...
The story has suffered because of the first person POV. Normally, it is a tricky thing, because if it is not well done it can sink the story, it has not been the case here, but I think it has been an encumbrance. There have been some repetitions and the prose has not been fluid. It's been told by fits and starts.
On the other hand, the author has managed to make me see everything that was happening as if I were Julie, so I have been able to justify "some" of her actions, although "not all" of them.
The first two times the heroine decides to ignore the orders the FBI gave her I could justify them, she had no sense of danger, she was as unconscious of it as me. The third time it opened my eyes and put Julie on the dreaded shelf of the TSTL heroines. There is no other explanation. It's one of those times you're screaming at the character "Noooooooo, do not do that, nooooo!!!!" but she goes and does it.
The suspense is so, so good. With a couple of twists that I did not see coming, incredibly well done. The kind of suspense you almost have to close your eyes because you can't bear the tension. But then, there was the end. To say it came to a sudden end would be the understatement of the century. It was a real jam on the brakes. I've been left dumbfounded and wondering about a lot of things. I wish I had known why the bad guy did everything he did and what exactly was everything he did. The author has not given a single explanation about it. Neither how, nor why, nor how many. Why the ribbons, why the rivers and bridges, why that age ... The author loosely suggest something, but did not say it clearly, everything is left to the reader's imagination. My mind keeps filling the holes and I now have a clearer imagen of the suspense, but I'm not sure if this image is what the author was aiming for or something I just produce out of thin air.
And the romance has been good but has been missing something. Some kind of connection or/and chemistry. There is a big age difference between the MC's but it didn't bother me. Maybe I wasn't sufficiently invested. The author paints the couple so eager to use sex as an escape that, in the end, I couldn't buy their HEA. Which, to be honest, has also been somewhat lukewarm.
I liked the MC's. Realistic and with a handful of flaws. It has been a breath of fresh air in this world of shallow and perfect characters.
Anyway, the potential was there, but it has lacked the "tread carefully" to become a great story.