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Girl at the Grave

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother's legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally unco
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Tor Teen
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Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! Official/fangirling review coming soon 😊

Title: Girl at the Grave
Series: Standalone
Author: Teri Bailey Black
Release date: August 7, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Girl at the Grave doesn't have any ghosts or scenes I would describe as horror filled. It's a pure murder mystery-suspense with a strong love triangle subplot. I'm not a fan of that romance trope, in fact I avoid it at all costs if possible. I can't say that I loved that aspect here and how it lingered for much of the book, but my enjoyment of the tw
Mel (Epic Reading)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's not often these days you pick-up a book and find it to exactly what you are expecting. Girl in the Grave was this for me. I wanted a easier to read (ie: YA, teen or romance) story that had some 'edge' (ie: horror, Gothic) to it and a strong female lead. I got everything I could have wanted and more!

It's Teen for Sure!
This is obviously written for the teen genre. Whether you like teen books because you are a teen or (like me) enjoy the style of writing that is common in them. Teri Bailey Bl
find my review on my blog as well!
There are few things as disappointing as disliking a book that you’ve been anticipating. Especially one with murder! Girl at the Grave, I feel, had a lot of potential, and yet…

Here I am. Here we are. I am sad.

There are a few good things about Grave. The main character, Valentine, was well written. I liked her most times. The love interest—the main one—(take that how you will)—Rowan, was super sweet and I enjoyed the scenes he and Valentine shared. There was
The Captain
Aug 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult gothic fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

The beginning of this novel was promising but it ended up being not to me taste.  The positive things that made me finish the book were two-fold:

1. I liked the main character, Valentine.  She was smart and resourceful.

2. I wanted to know how Valentine was going to prove her mother's innocence and find the true killer.

Unfortunately, there were
Kelly Brigid ♡
“The whole head is sick. And the whole heart is faint.”

This book isn’t as exciting as I presumed. It’s a solid novel with a pleasant blend of murder and romance, but not much more. Although there is a love triangle, it’s executed well, and each character is fleshed out and realistic. The slow-pacing of the story is a tad tiring at times, but the simplistic writing is charming. Overall, I was quite satisfied with the ending of this novel, and admired the consistency and development of
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Historical / United States / 19Th Century
*Rating* 3.5


Girl at the Grave is the debut novel from author Teri Bailey Black. It is a Gothic tale of murder and romance set to the backdrop of 1850s New England (Feavers Crossing, Connecticut). The story's protagonist is 17 year old Valentine Barron Deluca. Val has spent 11 years trying to outrun her mother's legacy. When she was 6 years old, Isabella Deluca was charged with murdering a man and quickly h
Katie Gallagher
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Find my review on my blog as well!

This was a book that I picked up on a whim, never having heard it hyped. I'll admit I was mainly drawn in purely by the gorgeous cover and the Connecticut setting. As a Connecticut resident, it's a weakness of mine: say your book is set here, and I'll probably read it. Some authors get it right, and some get it wrong. (Dear Morgan Matson: bears are actually extremely common here, to the point that they're a public annoyance! The more you know~~~)

Anyway, the firs
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

No matter what Valentine does she cannot get away from her mother's grim legacy. When a new string of murders occurs in her small town, all signs seemingly point to the daughter of a murderer. Interestingly enough the son of her mother's victim is the only person on Valentine's side. Valentine plans on uncovering the real killer, but when she discovers the truth she will have to come to terms with her own secrets, even if it means
DNF at 62%. This girl is the worst protagonist. Weak, indecisive, passive as things happen around her.
There's the worst love triangle in here too. BOTH of the guys are unappealing and she makes awful, awful choices to lead both on. SMH.
"I should have been looking for a killer all winter, not flirting with Rowan" AND the other guy in the crappy love triangle, damn straight. I thought the gothic elements and time period would enable me to get through this, but nah.
The Nerd Daily
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Portia Brown

A gothic murder mystery filled with suspense, Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black brings something new that I’ve never seen before. The twisted mystery is at the front and center of the novel, along with a brilliant love triangle subplot that enhances the mystery rather than taking away from it. This is Teri Bailey Black’s debut novel and I am always impressed when authors decide to write murder mysteries as their debuts because i
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Okay I legit actually freaking LOVED this ending. Really good mystery and my guests were ALL wrong. The setting had some really wonderful dark elements and the story had some good use of mob mentality. I honestly thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Only draw back is that its pacing was sometimes too slow for my personal taste.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not gonna lie, I'm actually surprised by how much I liked this book. I was uncertain in the beginning, finding some things a little too coincidental, and the writing just ok. But then the story and the writing found its way, and I found myself not wanting to stop! *NOTE: neither the description nor the copy on the book (and not even the title!) really tells you what this is. It's a YA historical fiction novel with a little bit of a love triangle and a murder mystery. (AKA RIGHT UP MY ALLEY) ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Going back and forth on 4 or 4 1/2 stars. RTC a bit closer to release date. I did really like this one.

Thank you to TorTeen and Netgalley for my copy for review.
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Thank you to Tor Teen for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****

**** Trigger Warnings: Violence, Death & Murder, Brief Mention of Physical Abuse, and Death of a Parent ****

Actual Rating 3.5 Stars

I was expecting something very different given the synopsis but overall I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this one. Was it perfect? No. But it was an enjoyable read especially since I n
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Valentine Deluca life is not an easy one. Eleven years ago, when she was six years old her mother was hanged for murder. The town of Feavers Crossing never let Valentine forget what her mother had done. Thanks to an unknown benefactor, Valentine was able to join a prestigious school, but she had no friends there other than Sam, who worked in the kitchen. One day in passing, the town reverend, Mr. Oliver let slip a really big secret concerning Valentine’s mother and the murder that occured years ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
lthough I do read a fair amount of historical fiction, I don't really go into the paranormal/romance side of it often.  Girl at the Grave has shown me that maybe I should.

I actually ended up really enjoying this book.  This is probably going to be a bit of a polarizing read though, especially in the YA community.  Girl at the Grave is not your typical YA novel, it moves at a very slow pace and is mostly character driven.  It's probably going to be one that you get completely immersed in or DNF. 
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me an e-galley through netgalley!

Holy crap. This book was so freaking good. Part romance, part cautionary tale. All mystery. One little thing spurred so much in this story. Just when I thought it all figured out I'd be thrown through a loop again. This was probably one of the best books I've read this year. I set all my other books aside to read this one. I stayed up until 1 am knowing I had to be at work at 8 am. Why? Because I could not stop! Se
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Girl at the Grave is an atmospheric YA mystery set in the late 1800's. Reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter, it evokes gothic sensibilities, an underlying sense of unease, and the terrors of rural small-mindedness for women and those who were different. Valentine has spent her life being known as the daughter of a murderess and, despite her success in school, she can't seem to outrun her past or her poverty. New murders shine a spotlight on her as a suspect, but she is determi ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4/5 stars

I found myself to really enjoy this book, despite not being the biggest fan of historical fiction. Despite that, I was actually glued to the book and couldn't stop reading. There was just so much mysery involving all the characters, where you think you understand them, but there's just a shred of doubt in each one. There were some moments that I felt were completely unnecessary or just too long of a scene, like when there's just so much angst or naivety happening where I just audibly sa
All Things Urban Fantasy
GIRL AT THE GRAVE is a small town, atmospheric novel full of dreary days and mysterious murders. While the title may imply a supernatural element, the only monsters in this story are human ones.

Valentine, isolated because of her mother's alleged actions and largely left alone by her father, has two love interests and no other friends. As such, the majority of the book is focused on developing her relationship with Sam and with Rowan. I would have loved for the mysterious deaths to take center st
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun little gothic mystery! I never did figure it out. This is more of a mystery than a thriller, but I really enjoyed it!
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It is the mid-1800s in the small New England town of Feavers Crossing, and Valentine Deluca is a teenager who has grown up with the stigma of being a murderer’s daughter. It didn’t matter that Valentine was only six years old when her mother was hanged for the killing of Nigel Blackshaw, a local man from a wealthy and prominent family; towns like Feavers Crossing don’t forgive and forget easily, and people in power have
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Where to start with thoughts on Girl at the Grave? It might seem a little macabre, but I definitely picked this book up because of the promised blend of murder and romance. When those two things are well combined in a historical fiction novel, that's my perfect storm. I hoped for a dark and atmospheric story line, since Valentine's past was so riddled with mystery. For the most part, I was definitely given what I hoped for! I just had a few qualms, and I'll outline them below.

Before I say anythi
Girl at the Grave is different than what I had hoped for after reading the synopsis, but still a pretty good read. I appreciate the fact that the characters are well written, as is the history of the town and Valentine’s mom. The mystery is really what I loved about this book; I just wish there was more of it.

The story starts out very strong, full of mystery and intrigue, and then wanders off the beaten path a bit. I feel like too much of the book is centered around the love triangle subplot and
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So...I’ve been reading YA for over a year now. So far, hardly any luck. I’ve pondered giving up on the genre numerous times. I have the worst luck liking, forget connecting with any of the characters.

With that being said...I think I have found my YA niche genre. I won’t be buying any new YA books till I read the horde I’ve foolishly collected over the past year. Cue eye roll.

But this book was fabulous!! I loved it! Everything was just the right amount and perfect. So I’m guessing historical YA
Carol Burniston
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Girl at the Grave is engrossing and atmospheric, it will keep you guessing until the very last page!
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dang, that was actually a really amazing story.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my wishlist for such a long time and last week I finally got it in a book exchange I was participating in. I was so happy to finally hold it and as soon as I picked it up this morning I was sold and almost regretted not having gotten the book much much sooner. Because this was really a book for me.

The book combines two different aspects and managed to give them both the attention they deserve: We have a romance (a love triangle, but I love those, so I didn't mind) and we ha
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been many years since I have read such a compelling, total baffling historical romance/mystery!
Throughout the book, I was constantly changes my theories on "Who did it"!
This very talented author captivates the reader's interest from the very first page, then slowly builds the intrigue and mystery of the plot until the very last two pages!
The characters immediately became familiar to s reader, with a perfect mix for the time period. The scenes were vivid and easily visualized. A definit
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Teri Bailey Black may write about troubled people in dark places, but she grew up in a large, happy family, surrounded by books, art, and California sunshine. She's happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or chocolate. Her debut, GIRL AT THE GRAVE, won the Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Whitney Award for Best Debut and Best Young Adult Novel. Her l ...more

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