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Finally, a book about a real woman. A woman that is damaged but resilient, insecure, but comfortable in her skin.
Meet Julie Hall, or if you’d prefer her real name, Delma Arensault. Personally, I’d go with Julie Hall, too.
Julie is a twenty-five-year-old woman, raised by her grandparents in a small town. She suffered horrific abuse by her grandmother, and if not for the love of her grandfather, would very likely not be the woman she is today.
Julie isn’t only damaged, she’s special. Julie has a gift, one that’s both a blessing and a curse, yet one she owns. She just would prefer to keep it secret.
She finds dead bodies with her dowsing rods.
When FBI Agent Garrett Pierce, filled with a large suitcase full of baggage himself, asks for help on a tough case, Julie decides to help. That help causes a rift with a friend and goes public, and that is exactly what Julie wanted to avoid.
Suddenly Julie is the center of a bull’s eye, from both the media and the killer.
There is so much about this book I love. I love the realistic characters, their raw emotions, their dirty, messy realities. I love the chemistry between the leads, and the feeling of history Roberts plays into the mix with the surrounding characters.
I love that Roberts wrote a book so different than her Ghost Dusters series, which I also love.
A Grave Calling (Bodies of Evidence series) is raw, gritty and even brutal at times. All of it speaks ‘real’ to me. The relationships, the dysfunctions, the swearing—life is messy, and when an author can portray that messiness in a well-crafted story, I’m immediately hooked.
I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but I will say the ending was superb. I’d say more, but it would ruin the book for you.
A Grave Calling is a definite read for anyone that loves a suspenseful mystery. It doesn’t fit the cozy genre because of the grit and intensity, but if you’re a cozy reader and don’t mind a few swear words and sex scenes you’ll love this book.
The book has a 78% five-star rating on Amazon (that includes my review), and the ebook is only $3.99.
You can purchase the book via Amazon here. Visit Wendy’s website here.
Make sure to check out her Ghost Dusters series while you’re at it!
~ Review by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
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