16-year-old Clare can't
stop drawing the bizarre, winged skulls she calls "Sammies". Her
psychiatrist assumes the compulsive drawings are just expressions of
Clare's grief over her father abandoning her. But then Clare discovers
that her Sammies are exact matches for the Death's Head on the grave of
Samantha Forsythe, a teen who reportedly fell to her death over two
Before long, Clare's drawings morph into cryptic
writings that urge her to uncover the truth behind Samantha's death.
Together with Neil -- the friend she might be falling for -- Clare
scours the local history for clues. She finds that, although Samantha
was engaged to a wealthy landowner, there were whispered rumors of her
involvement with a younger, biracial man.
Soon, Clare is haunted
by disturbing dream images -- a mysterious eye, a broken chain -- that
point to someone Samantha called her "Dearest". But who is Dearest? And
why does Samantha need Clare to find him so badly?
carrying hidden scars of her own, Clare fears her obsession with
Samantha will threaten her sanity and safety. But it seems she has no
choice in the matter . . .
The Grave Artist is a compelling
paranormal murder mystery and a poignant story about loss and what it
means thrive in a less-than-perfect reality.
This is a short book (only 200 pages) and a quick read, yet for all that it IS a complete and satisfying story. I feel like the blurb gives away a bit too much of the story here, but it is a well told, well written story of a teenager dealing with the divorce of her parents, and an obsession with drawing skulls. Only one person believes her and she's having a hard time. I really enjoyed this book. Not too spooky, but just spooky enough.
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