When her father is murdered and his body eviscerated in some kind of gruesome ritual 17-year-old Lisa Jacobs is sent to live with her Uncle Clayton. Her uncle is a stranger to her having fallen out with Lisa’s dad when she was very young. Well so far Lisa’s situation is traumatic enough only Uncle Clayton is the proprietor of the Grand Hallow funeral estate and Lisa’s bedroom is just down the corridor from the mortuary where the corpses are prepped.
And then Lisa has this unique ability to sense what people are feeling, all she needs is a taste of their blood, which comes in quite handy when the killer of Lisa’s dad is still on the loose. Oh and did I mention the ghosts of her dead cousins larking about in the graveyard? No I didn’t think so.
Now I have to confess that as a 58-year-old male Brit I didn’t hold out much hope of being able to relate to a story centered on a teenage American girl, but In the Graveyard Antemortem proved to be a very entertaining read, which had me hooked from the very beginning. The book opens in the very familiar America of hormonal teens, high school, ritual murder and a roadside gas station, but then it dips into the almost Gothic creepy weird of the funeral village setting with some intriguing characters and a plot that channelled my inner Buffy with plenty of action and neat concluding twist.
Sure its Young Adult, but a nice creepy ride I give In the Graveyard Antemortem a 555/666.
In the Graveyard Antemortem is published by Journalstone and ia also available as a kindle download
Find out more about Stephen Stromp at his website