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These Shallow Graves

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,095 ratings  ·  2,196 reviews
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 secretly 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
Hardcover, 488 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Random House Delacorte
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Sophia Kelley In my opinion there isn't a love triangle. Jo had an arranged marriage, but her heart was set on Eddie. It comes down to social responsibility and…moreIn my opinion there isn't a love triangle. Jo had an arranged marriage, but her heart was set on Eddie. It comes down to social responsibility and following your heart.(less)

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Emily May
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
“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 Shal
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars! I really liked this book!
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Josephine Montfort stared at the newly mounded grave in front of her and at the wooden cross marking it.

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 Bram. It had all gone too far
Faye, la Patata
Do I need to add it to my TBR? YES.
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 vigor; how it was so immersive and ho
Rachel E. Carter
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
"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 fu
Μaria Vrisanaki
Παρά πολύ καλό!!!
4, 5 και όχι 5 γιατί είχα μαντέψει από πολύ νωρίς τον εγκέφαλο της υπόθεσης. Αλλά δεν περίμενα με τίποτα, με τίποτα όμως, την αποκάλυψη που με άφησε με το στόμα ανοιχτό 30 σελίδες πριν το τέλος. Όσοι το έχουν διαβάσει θα καταλάβουν τι εννοώ. ;)

+ ήμουν στο τσακ να κλάψω με τη σχέση Τζο-Φέι. Γιατί όσο μακριά κι αν είναι δύο άνθρωποι, μπορούν να είναι οι καλύτεροι φίλοι.

Ευχαριστώ Μαριλένα!!! <3
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of a good mystery with romance

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

These Shallow Graves is Jennifer Donnelly's third historical fiction novel for young adults and, like her previous two, I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Much like A Northern Light, Donnelly's latest features a curious, determined protagonist and a mystery whose secrets threaten the very lives of our characters. Moreover, it is littered with snippets of dialogue and scenarios which serve to distinguish the sharp line between women and men, particularly the hypocrisy and cruelty that kept w ...more
After a beautiful start, Donnelly and I have had a very rocky last two years. I fell in love with Revolution and A Northern Light, which always seemed to me like gorgeously written and very sensitive books about realistically complex girls. I ached for those two main characters, different from each other but equally compelling and believable, and I believed their pain and their world and the things they had to do to overcome their circumstances. Donnelly conveyed their lives with a sensitivity t ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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 the newspaper named Eddie. He decides to help her and they also have a littl
Taylor Knight
I loved this book so much. I loved everything about it. I loved the writing, the plot, the characters and, get ready for it, the romance. That's right. As someone who always complains about romance in YA, I was blown away. Jo and Eddie are the real deal. Their relationship was well written and developed and real. And intense. I loved their bantering. I was so emotionally invested in this book. I can't even begin to explain how this book made me feel. Jennifer Donnelly is an incredible writer.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η άποψη μου για αυτό το βιβλίο άλλαξε πολλές φορές κατά την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης. Μου άρεσε από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος, αλλά κάποιες φορές περισσότερο και κάποιες λιγότερο. Στην αρχή με κούρασαν οι τόσες απανωτές αναφορές στην θέση της γυναίκας στην κοινωνία, με ένα τρόπο που μου θύμισε φεμινιστικό μανιφέστο (όχι ότι έχω κάτι εναντίον τους, άλλωστε οι σουφραζέτες άλλαξαν τον κόσμο, αλλά τόσα πολλά μαζεμένα στην έναρξη του βιβλίου μου φάνηκαν υπερβολή). Βέβαια μετά άρχισε το μυστήριο, η δράση ...more
Tweebs♥️ (semi-hiatus)

I don't know if I'm not in the mood for this book or if this book isn't in the mood for me.

y'all it hurts to stare at it every time i come on goodreads so it's got to go.
Athena ღ
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ενα από τα καλύτερα και απολαυστικότερα βιβλία που έχω διαβασει. Δε μπορούσα να το αφήσω απο τα χέρια μου.
Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει τα πάντα.Δράση, μυστήριο, ανατροπές, έρωτα και παράλληλα με τη κινηματογραφική περιγραφή της Donnelly νομίζεις πως βρίσκεσαι και εσύ στη Νεα Υόρκη του 1890. Το συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα σε όλους.

«Ένα ποτό, ένα τσιγάρο, καμία υποχρέωση να ευχαριστήσεις οποιονδήποτε άλλον εκτός από τον εαυτό σου. Ελευθερία. Αυτή είναι η απάντησή μου. Η ελευθερία να είσαι εσύ το καλύτερο πράγμ
Kate (GirlReading)
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-favourites
4.5* This was fantastic!! I was gripped instantly simply from the prologue. Brilliant characters, an immersive setting and a page turning plot. I enjoyed this a lot. Definitely recommended!!

Read my full review on my blog ~
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από τα καλύτερα στο είδος του.
Αν και δεν ξέρω κατά πόσο το συγκεκριμένο είναι αντιπροσωπευτικό δείγμα της γραφής της Jennifer Donnelly, αφού ακόμη δεν έχω καταφέρει να διαβάσω την τριλογία Tea Rose.
Μου άρεσε πολύ..
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“An uneasiness had descended on her, as cold and ominous as a winter night.”

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 introdu
Lindsay Cummings
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book had EVERYTHING I was hoping for and more! it was my first book by Jennifer Donnelly, and I'd heard about all her lovely books--so I picked this one up at the airport on the way back from my own book tour....and, wow. Beautifully told, creepy, with a PERFECT, believable romance and an amazing, strong female lead. I'm so impressed!!!
I'm a huge fan of period pieces, in fact, historical fictions are actually what solidified my love for reading at a very young age. Yeah, I know it's a genre far from Harry Potter (which I embarrassingly still have yet read, and I fear I may have outgrown the excitement for), but there has always been something enchanting about venturing into the past and experiencing the world (the people, the culture, the customs, the language, etc) in a different age that has always appealed to me. Sadly, The ...more
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
*4,5/5 stars*

“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)
Kaya Dimitrova
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Написана по впечатляващ начин, „Тези плитки гробове” връща читателя в далечната 1890 г., Ню Йорк, където той, заедно с Джо и Еди, тръгва по следите на един безмилостен убиец. Загадъчни и шокиращи разкрития за семейния бизнес, тайни, които са способни да унищожават, невъзможна любов, готова да промени завинаги цели родове – Дженифър Донъли за пореден път ме изуми с поглъщащ стил на писане, увлекателен сюжет и забележителни персонажи.
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Rating Breakdown
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 class, everyone was expecting not
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Mini review:

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.

Still recommend.
Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι ένα κοκτέιλ διαφόρων λογοτεχνικών ειδών. Έχει το ρομάντζο του στην πιό καθαρή και έντονη μορφή του, έχει την αγωνία που σε κράταει κολλημένο στις σελίδες του και το μυστήριο που ξυπνάει την περιέργεια μέσα σου. Αν και η ερωτική πλευρά της ιστορίας δεν ήταν για εμένα το ατού της ιστορίας - αυτή είναι μια δική μου προσωπική επιλογή ,να αποφεύγω τα ρομαντικά βιβλία-, στο συνολό του το βιβλίο κερδίζει την συμπαθειά σου.

Η κύρια χαρακτήρας με το όνομα Τζό ανήκει σε μια απο τις "πα
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely perfect.
Nouf *LostinFantasy*
I read this back in late December and I just realized I never rated it, so I decided to do that and post a quick review about it.

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 dies out of dubious
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Montfort is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family that will be expected to marry someone up to her family's standards as soon as she finishes finishing school. Jo however has always idolized the trailblazing Nellie Bly so Jo really wants to be a newspaper reporter but that is harder than it sounds in the 1890's.

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
Maxine ❃ etherealpages
Wow. This book certainly didn't disappoint. Jennifer Donnelly is a genius, made evident by her effortlessly smooth writing style. These Shallow Graves is clearly a well-planned, carefully thought of book. Every turn of a page reveals a new mystery, a new set of questions and revelations to ponder about. I like this book, I am in serious awe of the author's sheer cleverness but the things I absolutely love about her book, the ones that hit home the most, are the hints of gender inequality she inc ...more
Sara (Freadom Library)

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

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 ther
"You are such a child. The truth is usually inappropriate," Caroline said."That's why we avoid speaking of it."

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
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Jennifer Donnelly is the author of twelve novels -Stepsister, Lost in a Book, These Shallow Graves, Sea Spell, Dark Tide, Rogue Wave, Deep Blue, Revolution, A Northern Light, The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose - and Humble Pie, a picture book for children. She is a co-author of Fatal Throne, which explores the lives of King Henry VIII's six wives, for which she wrote the part of Anna ...more
“That was what people did when they wanted to stop a girl from doing something—they shamed her.” 30 likes
“You, on the other hand, wish to know things. And no one can forgive a girl for that.” 27 likes
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