A grave calling by Wendy Roberts

This book was free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review


There had been no attempt to bury the dead girl, naked except for the white ribbon tied to her wrist 

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Hall has a unique ability: when she takes up a dowsing rod, she finds not water but bodies. To Julie, it’s a curse, not a gift, and one she rarely uses—she prefers her quiet life in a trailer, with her grandfather and her dog for company. But when FBI agent Garrett Pierce shows up at her door seeking help with a case, she has no choice but to assist with their search.

Three girls are still missing. The killer is still out there. As bodies are discovered and more girls disappear, the case becomes almost more than Julie can bear. And when the killer turns his sights toward her, even her growing relationship with the protective Agent Garrett may not be enough to save her.


My  thoughts

Julie Hall has a gift for dowsing.

Dowsing for dead bodies

This was a gripping thriller with a touch of the supernatural – Julie’s character is excellently written, disturbed by years of abuse dished out my her grandmother, she lives in a trailer on her grandparents land (her grandmother has died) and looks after her grandfather. She keeps herself to herself and only socialises with her boyfriend Denny and best friend Kate. Her only real company is her dog. Then Agent Garrett of the FBI asks for her help in locating the bodies of some missing girls.

Julie is a great character, although tough and independent because of the abuse she has suffered she still has a soft and compassionate side.

Although she has a boyfriend (Denny) this appears to be more for company and to serve their needs rather than a relationship built on love and he does not approve of her gift, her best friend is selfish and flighty a good time girl who beds Denny at the first opportunity.

Agent Garrett is a nicely written and finely nuanced character, who lives alone after the death of his wife and child, driven by the number of missing girls in the area he is determined and resolute to catch the killer.

Naturally a romance develops between Julie and Garratt and normally this and the ensuing sex scene would have me grimacing and skipping pages – not so in A grave calling. Roberts describes the budding romance and subsequent sex act with compassion and delicacy that I actually felt that it was brilliantly done and if only other writers could write like that all romances would be portrayed in a way that actually progresses the story instead of stopping it.

There are lots of twists and turns in this book, the plot and characters are not what they seem and the end resolution seems both obvious (it’s not) and shocking at the same time. I really hope that this is going to become a series of books as I would defiantly buy the next one and I hope that they will be published in physical form as I would love to add them to my library.


I gave this 5 out of 5 stars

About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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