Breezy remembers leaving the party but the next time she wakes, she’s in a grave and a year has passed. She has no explanation for what happened, or for the man at the foot of her grave that she seems to have killed with her touch after he dug her up. All she knows is that she’s now conscious and can feel if anyone around her has killed someone. Breezy sets out to find answers, both about what she is now and about the night of her death. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a dangerous cult hunting creatures and Breezy has found herself on their radar.
Shallow Graves was a creepy book that had a lot of darkness and chills. The whole concept was a dark one, a murdered girl who woke up a year later and could kill people who have killed, and a cult hunting down anyone like her. There were many tense moments and the plot was paced to make me want to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen.
Breezy was a character with a lot of darkness around her but her voice could also be quite humorous, especially heavy with sarcasm. Her struggle was interesting. Did her sudden powers to kill make her a monster? What was she supposed to do now? Was she brought back for a purpose? She had to decide if she wanted to try to get used to her new life and what that meant for her old one. I wish we’d gotten to see more of Breezy before she woke in her grave since there were a lot of times it felt like she was handling things a little too well and I wasn’t sure if it was normal for her or if it was a new development.
The secondary characters were lacking in depth for me in this book. Breezy met so many people so I can understand not all of them getting some spotlight time, but there were ones she had significant contact with and they still felt a little two-dimensional. It felt like I was supposed to care about them because they were helping Breezy, not because they were worth it on their own.
The plot was very well paced, as mentioned. There were so many pieces being introduced that by the end, it was a little hard to keep track of everything, but for the most part it just ended up adding to the story. There was usually enough time to get used to one added element before the next was introduced. It was only near the end when things seemed to get a little too fast. It was a good read. I just would have liked a little more depth all around.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.