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Preview — These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
These Shallow Graves
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her fat ...more
“The truth can be a hard thing, Jo. It’s often best left hidden,” Phillip said quietly.
I just had so much fun reading this book. It's very compelling and easy to read, but it's also full of more and more surprises as the book moves along. It's the kind of historical mystery that opens up more and more doors, so even if you guess one reveal, there are many more in store.
I love this kind of historical fiction, especially when it focuses on women (Cat Winters also does this very well). These Shallow Graves is set in 1890s New York and the author does a fantastic job of portraying life as it was then. The main character - Jo - is a high society girl who mustn't bring shame on her family, but the book also looks at what women from all walks of life had to deal with.
There is a lot of great female friendship, humourous hushed discussions about the things ladies shouldn't know (like the existence of brothels), and a sad look at the lack of freedom women had. Also, it was chilling to read about how easily a woman could be deemed "mad" or "hysterical" for acting in a passionate or rebellious way.
I think Donnelly got the balance just right with Jo. She's spirited and strong-willed, but her personality still feels true to the time. She's naive and ignorant of many things - something that changes as the story moves along and I love good character development. But I also really liked the secondary characters: Fay is such a badass, Eddie is charming, Oscar is adorable, and others who might be too spoilery to mention.
For the first half of this book, I was merely enjoying it. Lots of upper class angst and a murder mystery to keep me entertained. But somewhere in the middle, this novel became so much more than that. I love the direction the story took and how just when you think all the exciting reveals have happened, new surprises emerge.
Everything about the ending was perfect.
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Josephine Montfort stared at the newly mounded grave in front of her and at the wooden cross marking it....more
How did this happen? How did I get here? Jo asked herself. She didn’t want to do this. She wanted to be home. Safe inside her Gramercy Square town house.
“Wait by the vault. Go back,” Eddie said. Not unkindly.
Jo laughed. Go back? How? There was no going back. Not to her old life of drawing rooms and dances. Not to Miss Sparkwell’s School. Not to her friends, or to
Do I need to pre-order it? YES.
Do I need to take it out on a romantic date as soon as it's in my hands? DOUBLE YES.
Do I need to put it in a special shelf dedicated to special books? THE UNIVERSE SAYS YES.
Do I need to read it... AS SOON AS POSSIBLY POSSIBLE?!?!?!
It's been a while since I've read this book but it still feels like I read it yesterday. I can still remember how engrossed I was, flying through the pages with such vigclass="gr-hostedUserImg">It'sYES.DoYES.DoYES.DoYES.Do ...more
"Morality is a luxury, my darling. A very expensive one."
AGGGGGGGHHHHH. SO, SOOO GOOD. A freaking hidden gem. So much realness (it doesn't skirt it, either) and so much girl power and I just loved the way this whole book played out -it could have gone the dopey old-fashioned historical romance route but instead it turned into utter brilliance where you literally can't stop smiling like a nut as you read (or maybe that's just me).
I cheated and read this in one whole sitting last night. The funny thing? ...more
Actual rating 4.5
She felt like a fairy-tale princess woken by a kiss to a new world, new people, new emotions.
Before I start this review I have a confession to make. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite books ever. I love a thorough mystery, I love when the author allows readers be a part of investigation. Also, I am a big fan of Nancy Drew games *gasp*. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure. I love these computer games, I love to snoop and sneak with Nancy, digging and turning s/>She
This was a nice little mystery. I thought Jo was sweet trying to find out what happened to her father. She knew he didn't shoot himself by accident cleaning one of his guns, it's just not something he would have done. Now they are saying suicide or murder..
Jo starts going sleuthing on her own because her family would have a fit if they knew what she was doing. She runs into a man from ...more
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4 1/2 stars. Let's get this part out of the way: The mystery was good. I had no problems with it. It was a mixture of frighteningly atmospheric, brainiac detective sleuthing, and a good dosage of humor like the kind in Jackaby. I especially loved Jo's first visit to the morgue, when she met the wonderful Oscar Rubin and was appalled by his offer of a pleased-to-meet-you bloody handshake.
But then the romance was introduced, and it b/>But ...more
“If you're going to bury the past, bury it deep, girl. Shallow graves always give up their dead.”
Such a dark, haunting and deviously intelligent book! All of these characters - good or bad or as it mostly happens: somewhere in-between - were wonderfully crafted and complex. The main heroine Jo was admirable, driven to the point, with great mind. (view spoiler)[Though sometimes she was a bit blind and trusting due to her privileged and sheltered life.
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I was looking forward to reading this! I have read the authors Waterfire Saga series and I love murder mysteries. Unfortunately I did not enjoy it.
I found it really boring. The beginning bothered me rather than pulling me in. And I didn't enjoy the talk about marriages in the beginning.
Crime/Mystery: 2 stars
Romance: 4 stars
Writing: 5 stars
Characters: 3.8 stars
Historical setting: 5 stars
Note: A read for The Quarterly Book Club's 2017 1st Quarter - Kickass Female Leads
“The truth costs.
Lies cost more.”
These Shallow Graves is a Historical Crime tale set in 1890 New York, following young Jo Monfort’s journey in finding her father’s murderer.
Josephine “Jo” Montfort was from a family of old money. As a young woman of her age and cl/>/>Note: ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.
I didn't have many expectations getting into this one but I definitely did not expect it to end up being such a dear book to my heart. I haven't read it in months and it's still very memorable to me. Why?
I'll sum up the book by saying it has a gripping mystery - one with an emotional basis for the character when her father die ...more
When Jo receives news that her father accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun Jo immediately questions just what had really happened. Jo's father had been very famili ...more
I received an e-ARC of this book from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This review was originally posted at https://freadomlibrary.wordpress.com/
Plot – 5 out of 5 stars
Loved this! I was hooked from the moment it started and could not stop reading. It’s mysterious and suspenseful. There is so much going on and it pulls you in and keeps you engaged the whole way. The thriller part is insane and there are s/>
But while the dead can't speak, they can tell us a lot of ugly truths. In These Shallow Graves we meet Josephine Montfort, a rich, upper-class girl, who lives in New York in the year 1890. She lives a comfortable but unhappy life, which gets shaking up when her father accidentally shot himself while cleaning his own gun.
Yes, that indeed smells fishy, but while the police quickly claim it w ...more
‘Why is it, she wondered now, that boys get to do things and be things and girls only get to watch?’
The first thought that popped into my mind after I finished reading this was, WHEN A BOOK CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE THIS, WHY DON’T PEOPLE READ MORE? Honestly, I spent ten minutes just pacing around, with my mind reeling, trying to gather my thoughts here. This feeling of exhilaration after reading an awesome book? I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
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These Shallow Graves is my favourite Donnelly book yet - her writing is nothing short of spectacular, her characters are full of life and contains a thrilling mystery at its core. If you love a good historical fic, I cannot recommend this one enough.
Jo Montfort is part of New York's wealthy upper class, but unlike most girls of the Gilded Age she doesn't dream of getting married off into another prominent family. She wants to be a journalist and give a voice to those being unfairly oppressed.
Jo's life gets turned upside down when her father is found dead of an alleged accident. Not believing her father's death was accidental, she meets Eddie Gallagher, a young repor ...more
A smile, Jo thought. It's something. It's a start.
What I love most about standalones is the usual open-ended finales. They make you question, creating real communication between the author's and reader's hopes and imaginations.
These Shallow Graves had EVERYTHING. And when I say everything, I mean every aspect is perfect, even the minute, unidentifiable details. The novel was stunning, consistently great all throughout. There's a delicious mix of predictability and unpredictability, calm and chaos. This book/>These ...more
First of all, thank you Random House for providing me with an ARC! Now, I really requested this book because of it's cover...yes guilty here but look at it yourself! It is simply beautiful!
THE WORLD: The story is set around 1890th, the society is divided into working class and aristocracy. The place of women in it is also divided, some try to be themselves and do something in life aka gain some specialty and aristocratic ones are there to look ...more
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