Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

This post contains affiliate links, meaning I’ll receive a small commission should you purchase using those links. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Fast-paced, compelling crime thriller…
Donnelly’s return to historical fiction shines.

5stars

Synopsis

These Shallow Graves coverFrom Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Lightand Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth.

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo’s father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

My Review

As first seen on USA Today

“If you’re going to bury the past, bury it deep, girl. Shallow graves give up their dead.”

From author Jennifer Donnelly comes a twisted tale of secrets, murder, love and revenge. This historical thriller delivers a riveting whodunit story ideal for readers who enjoy period pieces and murder mysteries. Our story unfurls in the late 1890s, in Victorian New York — a time where high-society elites worked to stay ahead of the middle class, flaunting wealth and arranging marriages like business transactions between well-to-do, old-monied families.

When shipping business magnate Charles Montfort is found dead, the city’s high society is shaken. Charles accidentally shot himself while cleaning his pistol. Daughter Jo is devastated at the news, incredulous to hear her father died by his own hand.

“Killed by a gun. His own gun. Accidentally. That’s what everyone said. But it just wasn’t possible.”

Jo’s sharp mind swirls with doubt, especially when she overhears a suggestion that there could be more to the story.

Despite knowing she will likely marry a man she does not love, forced to play house as the happy socialite wife, Jo dreams of breaking free from her family’s traditions to become a gutsy, fearless reporter. And coupled with vengeance, it’s her affinity for journalism, to unearth the truth, that propels her to dig up a dirty past she never knew existed.

“The truth costs, Jo. Dearly.”

Jo teams up with ambitious reporter Eddie Gallagher, sleuthing around, digging up leads. The more they dig, however, the more they uncover, the dirtier the truths seem to be. Worst of all, danger looms closely behind as they race to find the truth.

Donnelly will keep you on the edge of your seat with this fast-paced, tightly written page turner about a girl’s quest to find her father’s killer and to ultimately seize the freedom she’s always longed for.

Connect with Jennifer

Website | Facebook | Twitter

✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦

follow vbb 3

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | Goodreads | Subscribe by Email

 

Subscribe for Updates:

Share This Post

2 Comments:


  1. Kathleen said:

    Definitely adding this to my TBR list!

    Reply

    1. VBB Post author said:

      Hope you enjoy it Kathleen!!!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

On Facebook

SuperWebTricks Loading...

On Twitter

Review: The Girl He Used To Know by @traceygarvisgraves! https://t.co/fsz1DWXVBV

Farmer’s Market this morning. Had to pick up these gorgeous 💐 from cassiopeiafarm. Happy Saturday!!! @ Downtown Austin, Texas https://t.co/6jM2fXkC8D

FRIDAY GIVEAWAY!!!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Did you see the stunning new covers of the RLC series by @quirkybird?! 📚 I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I totally have been digging the illustrated covers and these are so bright, fresh and... https://t.co/Vp6wwFloWk

FRIDAY GIVEAWAY!!!! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Did you see the stunning new covers of the RLC series by @imaquirkybird?! 📚 I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I totally have been digging the illustrated covers and these… https://t.co/BtaSO5xdSd

Have you ever done a clinical grade peel before? What did you think? @drdennisgross gifted me their new Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel—a pro-level mix of acids that helps reduce the appearance of pores,... https://t.co/59ducMW13a

Have you ever done a clinical grade peel before? What did you think? @dgskincare gifted me their new Clinical Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel—a pro-level mix of acids that helps reduce the… https://t.co/3E8mniDnQX

Read an excerpt from Vengeance by @RebeccaZanetti! @1001darknights https://t.co/YDZJZYs6Lj

Who else is so excited about the aftermovie?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ Did you see that the movie tie-in paperback is out as of this week?! I’m obsessed with this cover and this limited-edition bookbeau is… https://t.co/57C1TedUkX

Q&A with Kristen Proby on the Crossover Collection! https://t.co/ep2VVT6LDi @Handbagjunkie @1001darknights

Read an excerpt from A Dangerous Collaboration by @deannaraybourn! @berkleypub https://t.co/A8cY1YQkVR

Read an excerpt: From Breath and Ruin by @CarrieAnnRyan! https://t.co/E3K1A87PCS

Such a wonderful French market - Les Enfants Rouges. Cafés, wine, cheese, flowers. Heaven. 🥖 🧀 💐☕️ @ Les Enfants Rouges — at Les Enfants Rouges https://t.co/Z8DcySZqsx

Anyone else a @tatcha_v fan? Do you use their skin mist? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ I love pretty much their entire collection (and their packaging is so so elegant and gorg) and recently they… https://t.co/0AaqpXp8S8

📣 𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐘 📣 #partner

Meet Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from.

Except one person.

Someone knows Aimee very well.

Ahhh I cannot wait to… https://t.co/CVivrd1T9f

Some of the cool places from last night here in #London. 🇬🇧 😍 @ London, United Kingdom — in London, United Kingdom https://t.co/dAspwHr7Ad

Oh gosh you guys. The tea. The tea shops. I’m in love. 😍 I bought a beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea set and I cannot wait to show you guys when I get home (tightly packed now). We had… https://t.co/CiEOvjT2IT

Oh gosh you guys. The tea. The tea shops. I’m in love. 😍 I bought a beautiful Alice in Wonderland tea set and I cannot wait to show you guys when I get home (tightly packed now). We had… https://t.co/HFPdHjK7uh

Hitting some touristy stops in London bc it’s my first time here! Taking #TheMister along in my adventures! 📖 Now off to get some tea... it’s chilly! @ Buckingham Palace — at Buckingham Palace https://t.co/NsUDj38fRa

Hitting some touristy stops in London bc it’s my first time here! Taking #TheMister along in my adventures! 📖 Now off to get some tea... it’s chilly! @ Buckingham Palace https://t.co/WoQpACRE8L

Don't miss this SPARKLY 5 STAR Review for Tinsel by @devneyperry - Vilma Iris @vilmairisblog https://t.co/egDWgORRUn

Load More...