When Rebekkah returns to her small-town home for her beloved Grandmother’s funeral, little does she suspect that she is about to inherit a darkly dangerous family duty on behalf of Claysville’s most demanding residents – the dead.
Everyone in Claysville knows that the Barrows are no ordinary family, but no one can really explain why. When respected matriarch Maylene Barrow dies suddenly her granddaughter Rebekkah returns to the small town she grew up in, where she must face the demons of her past – the suicide of her half-sister Ella, the person she was closest to in the world, and the subsequent break-up of her parents’ marriage. And she also re-encounters Byron, Ella’s old boyfriend, someone to whom she has always felt a deep and mysterious connection.
But the demons of the past are nothing compared with what the future has in store for Rebekkah. Her grandmother has left her an inheritance both wonderful and terrible. An onerous responsibility now rests on her shoulders – one for which she is ill-prepared to say the least.
For behind Claysville’s community-spirited, small-town facade lies a dark secret. One that ties Rebekkah and Byron together in an inextricable bond, and that will require them both to sacrifice everything to keep their friends and neighbours from harm.
In the town of Claysville the dead must be minded by a graveminder and an undertaker or they will rise and bad things can happen. Maylene Barrow is the graveminder until she is murdered, her granddaughter Rebekkah Barrow must return to the town that she hasn’t been back to since her stepsister Ella committed suicide years ago. She is not looking forward to going back to the strange little town with its strange traditions and superstitions, and she also not looking forward to seeing Byron either her former boyfriend. When she returns she finds out she inherits maylene’s house and possessions and the job as the new Graveminder for Claysville. The characters are in depth and interesting and I connected with them early on. I would love a to read more, one of the best books i have read this year.
For me this is Melissa Marr’s best work, I loved it!