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One Foot in the Grave

(The Mortician’s Daughter #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,431 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Her dad’s job is with the dead... and he’s bringing his work home with him.

Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can s
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by BookEnds
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C.C. Hunter No. There are going to be three books. One Foot in the Grave, Two Feet Under and Three heartbeats Away. Lots of pages for Riley to get into trouble.
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C.C. Hunter
Nov 11, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Readers,

I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for leaving a review. After spending six years writing The Shadow Falls series—and yes, I miss those characters—I wrote This Heart of Mine. That story came from a personal experience of my husband’s own transplant. And it is very dear to my heart.

But because the book wasn’t scheduled for release until February 2018, it would mean a year without a release, so I came up with the idea of The Mortician’s Daughter. I wanted a contemporary
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Official complaint addressed to CC Hunter author of Young Adult series: The Mortician Daughter.


The plaintiff: Sophie owner of the blog Beware Of The Reader


Nature of complaint: broken Kindle and excessive blood pressure. Possible weight gain in the near future (once the plaintiff stops binging on ice cream). Circumstances leading to said damages: reading The Mortician Daughter.


Aggravating circumstances: CC Hunter hasn’t released the sequel yet while ending the first installment on an unbearabl
nemo the emo ☠️ (pagesandprozac)
(DNF at 20%)

OK. I know DNFing at 20% is pitiful. But quite frankly, so is this book.

There is such a horrendous amount of cliches that I want to stab myself in the eyes, and I just couldn't keep going any longer. I just couldn't.

First, there's the hot ghost boy who is following her who is ~different~ from all the other ghosts. And on top of that, he has that classic YA love interest borderline-predatory attitude; he stares at Riley when she's just in a towel, and he admits he was sleeping next
I really enjoyed C.C. Hunter's Shadow Falls series that I had read a few years ago, so when I saw that she had released another YA Fantasy/Paranormal series about the daughter of a MORTICIAN *happy squeal* I just knew I had to read it. And going into it, I totally expected the mushy forbidden romance and the dramatic teenage angst riddled banter between characters. I was ready for a hot ghost boy, a girl with some home issues and a little murder/mystery to spice up my week.

But UGH! I'm surprised
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I want to give a huge thank you to NetGalley and EverAfter Romance for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Publication Date: 10/31/2017(Today!)

Synopsis: Riley Smith is not your average 17 year old high school senior. She has what some may call a gift and others may call a curse. Riley sees dead people. Since Riley's father is the town's mortician the dead seem to follow him home to Riley, where Riley helps them with whatever they need to cro
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-copy through NetGalley from the publishers at EverAfter Romance.

Riley is the mortician’s daughter, and she knows it’s only a matter of time before her new school knows it and the rumors start. But her real secret is much bigger. Sometimes, her father’s work follows him home in the form of spirits of the recently dead, and they need Riley’s help. Usually, they need a small task completed or someone to listen to them before they can move on. When the ghost of a murder victim ar
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Oh my gosh, this book!

Ok, I purchased this book, via Audible, simply for the narrator Amy McFadden. She is one of my favorite female narrators. I truly did not expect to like this book this much. I thought it would be a double win one for the narrator and two for fitting in with my only reading scary or Autumn themed books...until I start with my Christmas and winter reads.

But it turns out to be a triple win since I absolutely loved it. Normally I only listen to an audiobook while driving or f
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok

Riley Smith has the ability to see ghosts, which sucks, seeing as her father works with the dead and they often follow him home. Add in dealing with a cute ghost who’d set up shop in her house, trying to help another ghost get justice, surviving school and the drama with a cute boy who’s interested in her (who is also among the living) and the bitchy cheerleader ex-girlfriend. What could go wrong?

I have to admit that I went into this book with quite some expectations. I’ve always loved medium st
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. What a whirlwind! It’s no secret that I’m a huge C.C. Hunter fan. One Foot in the Grave was unique and totally fun. It had the charm that is Ms. Hunter, all packaged up in a paranormal bow. Riley has a unique gift that allows her to talk to and help spirits cross over. There’s also the teeny tiny fact that her father is a mortician who sometimes brings his work home; without his knowledge.

What I loved most about this book is that it had a nice blend of romance and mystery. The love interes
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Cannot wait for the next one.
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 4.25/5

Review to come!
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love C. C. Hunter and have read all her books except “This Heart of Mine” for I have not gotten the chance to buy it, however, it is still on my to-read list. I have been reading C. C. Hunter’s book for nearly six years, ever since I was in 10th grade up until now, where I am currently finishing the last week of my college career. “One Foot in the Grave” was everything that I was hoping for it to have been, especially being introduced to new characters and their drama! While this is a new seri ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Perhaps not as polished as her other series, though there are obvious similarities. The story deals with some serious issues, while still managing to reign a lighter feel on things. there are a few threads woven here, which I expect to unravel fully in the next books of the series.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you are already a fan of C.C. Hunter you will enjoy this book. (And by that I mean I thoroughly enjoyed it).


Riley Smith is a 17 year old girl who can see the dead.


She tries her best to help the dead move on and find peace. Sometimes this is an easy job, but this time things are getting scary. The ghost that arrives in her room was killed and Riley has to figure out what happened. Add to that, another new ghost, yes a very attractive guy, starts visiting her. And he is not like any other
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, books-i-ve-won
The author's series set in Shadow Falls are among my favorite books. I was definitely sad to see those wrap up, but I am so excited for this new series as well as another book she has coming out. So I was totally stoked when I won a giveaway from her website that included a digital ARC of this book on a nifty flash drive with the book cover on it, as well as bookmarks and a notebook with a personalized message written in it.


You have no idea how happy that made me! Unfortunately, at the time
Sarah Gries
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hello, Operator? I'd like to report a terrible book.

I thought this would be a cute spooky season read, haaahahhaa the joke is on me. Now I feel as if I read this so y'all don't have to.

From technical issues and a misleading Kindle page count to a simply terribly-written protagonist, this was not what I expected. Just going to word-vomit my thoughts:

1) honestly, who couldn't figure out from almost page one what is up with ghost boy
2) I HATE THE MAIN CHARACTER. She has this horrific superior att
Kayla Brunson
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I was so happy to get my hand on this book! If you know me, then you know that C.C. Hunter is one of my favorites.

Our main character is Riley and she can talk to ghosts. Her ghosts follow her dad home from work and she helps them crossover. One night she gets two ghosts at the same time, except one doesn’t seem like a regular ghost.

I loved Riley! She was smart, brave, and stood up for what she thought was right. She had a lot on her plate with finding her way in a new town and school, making fri
Paula  Phillips
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This particular book when I was reading it, I felt a bit of deja vu as it has a storyline that has been used quite a bit before. Riley Smith has just moved to town with her dad who is the town's mortician. Riley though has a secret; she has a gift. She can see ghosts who have not yet passed over to the other side. These are the ghosts who have unfinished business on earth, a bit like Jennifer Love Hewitt's Ghost Whisperer. A few of the spirits in this book include a grandma who leads Riley to fi ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Riley Smith's father is a mortician who makes the dead more better looking and look alive inside the coffin. One would think he rubs shoulders with the dead, but the truth us, it's his daughter that deals with the spirits. Yes, Riley sees ghosts, feels their chillingly cold vibes and as much as possible, helps them cross over the light. She's had this experience for more than a year now, except this time, she encounters one that's warm, clingy and looks oh so handsomely alive..

But this isn't onl
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Promising Start

One Foot in the Grave is a promising start to the Mortician’s Daughter series. Riley can see dead people. And in her father’s line of work, she can’t avoid them. Riley has all the woes and worries of a teenage girl, plus a whole lot more. Fresh idea, like-able characters, and a story that will keep you turning the pages. Looking forward to more in this series.
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 3.0


One Foot in the Grave, by author C.C. Hunter, is the first installment in The Mortician's Daughter trilogy. 17-year old Riley Smith is the new girl in Catwalk, Texas. She's also a senior at her High School where everyone believes she is a freak because of what her father does for a living. But, if they really understood Riley and what she can do, they would probably run away screaming. No seriously. You see, Riley can see a
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
KNEW IT!!!!!! And that’s all I’ll say about that. I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty straight to the point. It didn’t overshare or spend to much time describing things. I liked the mystery and the bit of romance. Interested to see where the rest of the series goes.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, own-it
Pretty standard YA fare with all the classic tropes but still a fun read if you like that sort of thing.
Lisa Richards
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love getting in on the ground floor of a new series. This book was soo awesome. I read it in one night and could not put it down. This book has YA romance, paranormal and a mystery all rolled up in one.
Riley and Hayden were amazing characters. Riley is a grim reaper and helps ghosts go into the light. As I had just read an adult book with a grim reaper in it, I was able to look at both of these books and really could not decide which one was better. Riley's character was pretty spunky and I l
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*cue friends theme song* so that’s what they meant when they said your love life’s doa!

“One Foot in the Grave” tells the story of Riley, a young girl starting over in a new town and trying to navigate these changes with her widowed father who may or may not be an alcoholic, and who also happens to have the ability to see and talk to the dead. When a spirit comes forward with unfinished business and another joins the group who refuses to be helped Riley sets off to right the wrongs of the past a
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Review to come.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I was beyond ecstatic to learn that C.C. Hunter had a new Paranormal YA series coming out! One Foot in the Grave is the start of The Mortician’s Daughter trilogy. This time, our heroine already knows of her connection to the paranormal, she can see and talk to ghosts! I love me a good ghost read! Possibly because The Mediator series was one of the very first Paranor
Katherine Paschal
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Riley has a lot on her plate at the moment- be it the drama of starting a new high school her senior year, dealing with her father's potential alcoholism, the grief that comes with everyone at school knowing she is the daughter of a mortician, oh and yeah, doing favors for the dead so they can pass on. Riley sees the dead and has for the last year and a half, keeping her secret while doing small tasks for the spirits so their souls
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C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut ...more

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