Thursday, January 14, 2016

These Shallow Graves

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These Shallow Graves
By Jennifer Donnelly
Delacorte Press, 2015, 487 pages, Young Adult Mystery Fiction

When her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, Jo Montfort is convinced that something doesn’t add up. When she meets cub reporter Eddie Gallagher, who claims to have proof that her father’s death was actually a murder, Jo will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose in order to uncover the truth.

Drawing on the escapades of female reporter Nelly Bly and the writing of Edith Wharton, Jennifer Donnelly writes a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Jo is a fun, plucky heroine who isn’t afraid to buck convention in order to get to the truth. Although not incredibly graphic, this book is definitely aimed for older teens since it discusses many of the problems of New York City in the Gilded Age. This book is aimed toward a YA audience, but I think those who enjoyed Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun will enjoy this book as well.


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