10.5.16

Book Review : These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

These Shallow Graves 
by Jennifer Donnelly

Genre : Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Romance
Pages : 448
Goodreads rating : 3.94
My rating :  


Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.



I rarely approach a crime-investigation type of book. But there's always a room for exception whenever the book is somehow worth it. Because it is. This book completely grip me from the start! Mystery and thrilled have become a refreshment of my genre. At least, I stepped out from my usual spot this time and breathe in the new air.

Plus++ it is a historical fiction novel. I love to blend in the 19th century culture and people. It is someway unique in it's own fashion and style. Although we got to see how struggling the citizens were, suffering from poverty with no other choice in their hands. I don't know how the women possibly lived back then when family's reputation is what really matters. And their purposes of living are just for breeding, dancing and attending party. No rooms for career and enter the street of freedom.

This story introduced us with a young rich and beautiful girl, Josephine Montfort whom had all of the things that ease the street-life. But his father got murder and in a sudden, her life is no longer of what people seems to think so. She turned all of the possibilities surround her after she met this handsome reporter named Edward Gallagher. and you know what happend. 

Their names are the things that I love the most beside their beauties and inteligence. Eddie's name is full of mainly-charm that I can't resist . I don't get him at first but slowly, his affection towards Jo flowing into my heart. Although the romance is not the focus point, I find it is an essential element in this historical era where their love is inevitably forbidden. 

The plot is absolutely brilliant! The author must have been very talented in creating such a surprising and creative plots! It is like when you peel a slice of onion skin and there's another and another and you have to get rid all of them to get the true colour of it. 

The characters are various. There's kind, funny,strict, unexpectable, charm, and so more. My favourite is of course, who can abstain from Oscar Rubin's humour? He's funny, trusted and always makes his apearance helpful. Jo and Eddie are awesome as ever but they can't take over Oscar's place. They are not annoying like any other sweethearts and know when to put their quarrel behind when there's something even matter. So matured. Fairy Fay is so unexpected. I love her, maybe towards the ending. 

And who knows? Jo finally manage to pursue the greatest gift of life being. Freedom. Joy is the expression of fresst being and whatnot, I may say. Not mentioning that she got her hands on what have been a forbidden thing for her to embrace with her whole heart without people and family resistance and escaping the trap  life behind the bars. 
 But I can't get enough the ending! At least I need an epilogue to wrap up the romance!
Overall

I am so glad to find this book as a way to step out from my usual genre. It is so worth it. The plot is so good and the characters are adorable. Somehow you will find curious, excited, swoony, sad, surprise and anger, all in this book. If you want to try a mystery historical fiction, then definitely check this out. 
This book deserves my heart.