Three sips to mind the dead . . .
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”
Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected; beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the land of the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.
Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong.
This is a unique story with a paranormal viewpoint I haven’t encountered before. The creatures aren’t quite ghosts, and aren’t quite zombies, but something in between.
Something else that stood out were all the old fashioned names. It helped to draw attention to the fact that the entire town was slightly set apart from the rest of the world. It is not often that you encounter such older names and spellings, and to meet several of them in one place made them stand out.
Upon finishing the book, I immediately thought this could be the start of a fun series. Rebekkah and Byron have just taken their roles, and are sure to face some exciting adventures in the future. I’d love to read more of those adventures.
Overall, this was a fun book that I would definitely recommend. There was some annoying repetition in the first part of the story, but once the action starts, it’s quite the ride.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
2012 Ebook Challenge