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In Silent Graves (Cedar Hill #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  672 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Robert Londrigan seems to have it all. He is a newscaster with a rising career. He has a beautiful wife, Denise, and a new baby on the way. But in just a few short hours Robert's world is turned upside down. And the torment only gets worse when his daughter's body is stolen from the morgue by a strange, disfigured man....

Robert is about to begin a journey into a world of n
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Leisure Books
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Apr 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, favorites
In Silent Graves is a rich, multi-layered and complex story about Robert Londrigan, a newscaster whose life begins to fall apart when he returns home from a walk in the park to find his pregnant wife dying.

This is not your traditional horror story with lots of action, blood and gore. It starts off slowly and gradually becomes a deep, moving, and very heart-wrenching story as Robert Londrigan copes with his grief and finds his life altered when he meets a mysterious masked figure in the park.

Paul Nelson
In Silent Graves, I didn’t realise till I finished is the first in the Cedar Hill series and Gary Braunbeck certainly writes with a philosophical prose that flaunts a vivid imagination.

Robert Londrigan has it all it or so it seems, a sterling reputation as a TV news reporter with eyes on the upcoming anchor-man position, a beautiful wife and happily expecting their first child but things are about to take a cruel turn for our reporter as Halloween brings tragedy. An argument sees Robert storm of
Frank Errington
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Have you ever read a story that confused the Hell out of you and yet you found it to be totally enjoyable? For me, this perfectly describes my experience having just finished reading Gary A. Bruambeck's In Silent Graves. There were times reading this book where I felt totally lost and yet by the end it all made sense.

Robert Londrigan and wife, Denise, have a spat about a child abuse story which Robert used as the lead on the six o'clock newscast without giving his pregnant wife a head
Randolph Carter
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
Tough call between four and five stars. Settled on four for reasons below.

Ambitious TV Newsman Robert Londrigan just had a bad argument with his pregnant wife over a sensationalized news story about a severely handicapped infant. It's Halloween and he's sitting in the park trying to cool off from the argument. He had a few drinks on an empty stomach and now he's feeling pretty remorseful. But even as he prepares to head home to apologize, his universe is going to start to become permanently unh
K.Z. Snow
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
On page 130, this is said of the protagonist: "He felt as if he'd stepped into the fifth reel of some impenetrably enigmatic foreign art film, one of those profoundly ponderous black-and-white meditation pieces . . ."

Yo, Robert. I felt the same way throughout your story. And honestly, I couldn't come up with an accurate synopsis of it to save my soul.

I bought this book because I was in the mood for a good creep-out. A good one, mind you, not assembly-line slasher fic or some tome a "giant of hor
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the grief that a man suffers after losing his loved ones. The texture and depth that Braunbeck gives to this man's emotions reminded me of the stuff that Murakami wove into "Wind-up Bird Chronicle." Here, the fantastic takes more of a front seat, and yes, there are some horrors present, which probably explain why this book appeared under the Leisure Horror imprint a handful of years before that publisher went defunct.

There's more going on here than creatures and creeps. In f
Oct 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is probably one of the most lyrical, moving novels in the genre of horror, though more accurately, it's probably dark fantasy.

This is the story of a man who has lost everything--his wife, his unborn child, his reason for being. The book follows his attempts to find meaning after hope is lost, to bring back those he loves, and finally, to help those who are still alive and in need of his compassion and grace.

I can't recommend this book enough. If I could give it ten stars, I would, it's that
Christopher Payne
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journalstone
One moment, Robert Londrigan is a rising-star newscaster, devoted husband, and expectant father; the next, he's a widower in a morgue, staring at gaping holes in his daughter’s body where surgeons have harvested every useful scrap of her organs and tissue. The rock-bottom falls out from under his life when a disfigured man knocks Robert out and steals what’s left of her tiny corpse out from under his nose, and leaves a gruesome surprise waiting for him back home.

Robert’s search for the disfigure
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: dark fantasy die hards.
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Shelves: horror-fantasy
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this novel. I bought it because of much hype about it being a literate horror novel. And, no, I wouldn't consign it to a genre section in a bookstore. However, after reading this horror fantasy bursting to say so much, I can't quite figure out what it was trying to say. It isn't a pleasurable read. Rather than reading as a story, it feels much more like the author's rambling hallucination. The characterization is good, and it is full of complex emotion, but I ...more
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is so heartbreakingly amazing. It's sad, it's gorgeous, it's mesmerizing. It introduced me to Braunbeck and made me an instant and loyal fan.
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Gary Braunbeck may have just become one of my favorite authors.

This is one heck of a story. It follows Robert Londrigan, a TV journalist, who loses his wife and daughter in childbirth. What follows is a nightmarish odyssey as his world slips into the surreal and grotesque.

This premise reminded me of a novel I read a long time ago, called
Fear, by L. Ron Hubbard. I didn't much care for it. I find some stories that involve alternate planes of existence get way too out there, to the
point were I'm le
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Silent Graves (ebook)
By: Gary A. Braunbeck
Copy Courtesy of Librarything Early Reviewers
Reviewed By: tk

Robert A. Londrigan is a 38 years old, an ace reporter, and has just had an argument with his pregnant wife. Like some men Robert decides to take a walk to cool off. Feeling miserable he finds a park bench to take a few moments to regroup and go back home to make up. He arrives to find something terrible has happened. His wife is unconscious and bleeding…the worst possible thing to happen is
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Robert Londrigan has a great reputation as a newscaster. He has a beautiful wife Denise, with a baby on the way. Denise and Robert have a terrible argument and Robert storms out of the house. Robert, goes to a near by park where he can cool off. When he returns to their home, he discovers that Denise has collapsed on the floor and was bleeding. Both his wife and his unborn child die. Robert discovers that someone has stolen the body of his unborn child from the morgue. Robert, will find out abou ...more
Every once in awhile, I read a book and it leaves me speechless. Hey, it’s rare, but it happens. Written with brutal honesty and a pain that runs so deep, it reveals a part of the author that incites both revulsion and hope. Within this book will you not only find agony, suffering and a horror so unspeakable it’s never breathed out loud, but also interlaced in these pages you find emotions so intense and powerful, it leaves you thunderstruck. Is he horror’s best-kept secret? Maybe. Is he the fut ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
In Silent Graves is a sad and darkly macabre tale of regret, isolation, and the spirit of the human heart. Needless to say, it's not your typical horror novel. This is my first time reading Gary Braunbeck's work, and it won't be the last. Every page of this novel is so utterly original that other authors should be embarrassed. Mr. Braunbeck has definitely raised the bar in the field of dark fiction... notice I didn't say horror fiction. The scare factor wasn't quite there, but I still loved the ...more
Mark Warner
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Holy crap this book is awesome..! Gary A. Braunbeck, where have you been all my life..? In Silent Graves is a rare example of what a horror book should be at it's best, and a guide for would be horror authors to strive for... Descriptive, disturbing, characters you feel for, root for even, this story builds like a snowball rolling downhill until it reaches the bottom of the valley and smashes the village to bits... Really well done....the hunt is on for more Braunbeck stories...
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Yikes. I know it's horror, but damn, this was some unsavoury shit. It's ambitious, I guess, but if you're a less-is-more type of horror lover you'll want to pass. As for the plot, I wouldn't know how to explain it. It's insane. I need to lie down.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not recommended
Shelves: horror
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Matt Garcia
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me just start off by saying that I did enjoy this book for the most part. I am an avid horror reader and have read so many different types of stories and ideas but this novel was very strange to say the least. The story involves the main character, Robert, who is going through a personal tragedy and is finding it hard to cope with his loss. Robert witnesses a strange man steal his newborn daughter from the hospital and embarks on a perilous journey to find her and find out who this man is an ...more
James Campbell
A very emotionally sad, graphic at times, Twilight Zone-ish story dealing with love, loss, and the desire to know why.
Robert Londrigan leaves to cool off after him and his pregnant wife, Denise, get in an argument. While he out strange things start to happen to him and he wonders if he is hallucinating. When he returns home he finds her in very bad health, she dies at hospital. She had been pregnant with a daughter. While viewing their bodies, Robert is attacked and the body of his daughter is stolen. The doctor patches him up and the police promise to look for his attacker and find out what has become of his d ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
While it has a lot going for it, this book is a complete mess.

Braunbeck has written, at heart, a very affecting book about loss and bereavement, but the excessive horror undermines much of what should be sensitive work, but which descends into gross-out far too easily. (I've been reading horror - from the lyrical to the grotesque - for 35 years, so I've certainly seen it all, but the scene in the morgue will be hard to stomach for many people.) Adding to this detraction, the protagonist spends m
Kimberley Richards
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Silent Graves is essentially a gothic horror about the Pied Piper, yet simultaneously a romance concerning both the beauty and the ugliness of true, unconditional love. Braunbeck litters his story with a cornucopia of artistic references, philosophical and spiritual musings, creating a tale that is both timeless and contemporary. He spins a schizophrenic, narcissistic dreamcatcher’s web of a novel with layer upon layer of his own fantastical mythology. If Frankenstein and Alice procreated in ...more
This was my first novel by the author and not at all what I expected. What I expected was a straight-forward horror story, but what I got was a multi-layered story that can't be pegged as only one genre. Sometimes I felt completely overwhelmed by the complexity of the plot, but the author amazingly managed to get back on track and keep everything in line.

Graves was by no means a fast-paced read. The extensive plot demands a great deal of attention and the outstanding prose must be savored rather
DeAnna Knippling
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Dec 29, 2006 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Feeding my horror novel addiction - I have branched out to lesser known authors of "literary horror," since I've read all Stephen King has to offer. This one is pretty compelling - a news anchor comes home one spooky Halloween night to find his pregnant wife in the throes of a mortal wound. Strange and terrible things begin to happen - the novel plays with the concept of time, perception, angels, etc.

As an aside, for those who like the horror genre but have run out of good fuel among the shelve
Marty Tool
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a book of horror thrown in with some mythology,religion and how we treat our children, it is ultimately a story of loss. Keen loss with frightening grief. The main character, Robert suffers horrid loss and it is felt, not just read about by the reader. Mr. Braunbeck managed to write a story of Robert with other's stories within stories within again more stories that all circle back to Robert and his wife Denise. It is a book to be felt and thought about, I finished it a week ago and really ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a new type of horror for me. I enjoyed the book but at the beginning I was a little lost. Once I started it figure the book out, it was good. I liked wondering what was going on and hoping the author would explain it. Sometimes it reminds me of Stephen King or M. Night Shyamalan because sometimes they have TV shows or movies or stories that at first I am lost and then the ends wraps it all up for me. I think this book kept my attention and kept me wanting more! * I received this bo ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great read. The prose was part of the "charm" of this book, and the story that went with the prose was a real page turner. Can't wait for the next book
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most twisted books I have ever read. This is one of those books that leaves you wondering; was it really happening, or was he hallucinating?

If you like dark fantasy that is warped and dark, give this a try. It gave me goosebumps more than once.
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Gary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.

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