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Ghosts, zombies and suspense fill ‘Graveminder'

Book review: “Graveminder,” an urban fantasy by Melissa Marr, offers a hint of romance and a lot of the walking dead.
BY Betty Lytle Published: June 19, 2011

“Graveminder” (William Morrow, $22.99) by Melissa Marr is about the people of the town of Claysville and how they live by strange rules and how anyone who leaves there always comes back.

Rebekkah Barrow had assisted her grandmother, Maylene, in rituals she bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, where Rebekkah lived in her teen years. She has since moved from place to place, never able to settle, when her grandmother's death brings her home.

There she must face the man whom she has always loved but who left a decade before, due to guilt. She discovers that her grandmother was murdered, and that there was good reason for her rituals with the dead. It was to keep them in their place, according to a bargain made centuries before.

Together with Bryon Montgomery, the man who first loved her dead sister but now loves her, Rebekkah discovers a whole world beneath the town, where a man named Charles rules over the dead.

If the dead are not properly tended, they will return and eat the townspeople. Rebekkah realizes that she is the Graveminder, and Byron her Undertaker, and that this has been their fate from the beginning. Only they can set things right when the dead begin to walk again.

This was an interesting fantasy, easy to read, filled with ghosts, zombies and suspense.

— Betty Lytle


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