Book Review: Graveminder by: Melissa Marr


William Morrow Paperbacks

Publish Date:
January 17, 2012

From Publisher for Review

Trade Paperback 

From Melissa Marr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series, comes a mesmerizing novel for adults, GRAVEMINDER—the hauntingly atmospheric tale of a curse that allows the dead to walk and the people who are responsible for keeping them at rest.

“Three sips to mind the dead…”

Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville, the small town where Bek spent her adolescence. There wasn’t a funeral that Maylene didn’t attend, and at each one Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”

Now Maylene is dead, and Bek must go back to the place she left a decade earlier. She soon discovers that Claysville is not just the sleepy town she remembers, and that Maylene had good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in Claysville the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. If the dead are not properly cared for, they will come back from the shadowy, lawless land of the dead to satiate themselves with food, drink, and stories from the living. Only the Graveminder, by tradition a Barrow woman, and her Undertaker—in this case Byron Montgomery, with whom Bek shares a complicated past—can set things right once the dead begin to walk.

Although she is still grieving for Maylene, Rebekkah will soon find that she has more than a funeral to attend to in Claysville, and that what awaits her may be far worse: dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility—to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong

Review: Claysville is a town with an ancient secret and a bargain which has given them much, but costs so much more. Now it's Rebekkah's turn to come home and take up the mantle of the Graveminder. The one person, along with her Undertaker, who can lay the dead properly to rest. Can Rebekkah learn what she was born to do before the Hungry Dead take over the town?

Graveminder is an eerie American Gothic-style novel. A departure from her young-adult novels, Graveminder is in a class of its' own. Beautifully written prose creating a unique world with intriguing characters, Graveminder is a book which will worm its' way into your heart and mind. I hope to see more books set in Claysville, I've greatly enjoyed Ms. Marr's young adult books and I am most definitely in love with Graveminder!


  1. I have this one waiting on my shelf. Glad to see you enjoyed. It sounds like one I should go out of my way to get to soon.

  2. I really enjoyed this one as well and I'm impatiently waiting for the 2nd book to come out! Such a good read!!!

  3. I've wanted to read this one for some time. This cover is different than the one I saw, I think.


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