Sunday, 25 September 2016

In the Graveyard Antemortem by Stephen Stromp

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In the Graveyard Antemortem
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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Seventeen-year-old Lisa Jacobs is determined to solve her father’s gruesome murder. But before she can investigate in her own small town, she is forced to spend the summer with her Uncle Clayton, the owner of Grand Hallow—a massive funeral and mortuary operation the size of a small city.

Her move to Grand Hallow only deepens the mystery as she begins to suspect the strange and chilling occurrences there are linked to her father’s death.

With the help of her acid-tongued best friend and deadbeat brother, Lisa must unravel the secrets of Grand Hallow—before it’s too late.

In the Graveyard Antemortem is a mystery/suspense novel with a healthy dash of horror.

In the Graveyard Antemortem by Stephen Stromp

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

In the Graveyard Antemortem “Even in my state of paralysis, and beyond the fact that it was evident my father had not done this to himself, I realized something else was not right with the scene: there was no blood.”

This was a YA horror/mystery story featuring cannibalism.

I felt quite sorry for Lisa, discovering her father murdered must have been awful for her, and to then have to go and live with an uncle that she had never met before couldn’t have been easy either.

The storyline in this started with Lisa discovering her dead father, and then followed Lisa as she had to move into her uncle’s place, which was a large funeral and mortuary business. Unfortunately though things at the mortuary were not normal, and poor Lisa discovered loads of weird stuff going on and some strange characters also. There were a few twists in this, some which I guessed and some which I didn’t, but the story did feel a bit disjointed at times, as though Lisa’s father’s death was forgotten somewhat once she started investigating what was going on at the mortuary, and again after someone had been arrested but the story kept going as if they hadn’t.

The ending to this was okay, although I wasn’t 100% convinced that things were really over.

6.5 out of 10

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