May 15, 2021

The Whispering Dead

The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper, #1)

by Darcy Coates

May 4, 2021
by Poisoned Pen Press

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Horror

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper’s cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides by gravestones: some recent, some hundreds of years old, all suffering from neglect.

And in the darkness, she can hear the unquiet dead whispering.

The cemetery is alive with faint, spectral shapes, led by a woman who died before her time… and Keira, the only person who can see her, has become her new target. Determined to help put the ghost to rest, Keira digs into the spirit’s past life with the help of unlikely new friends, and discovers a history of deception, ill-fated love, and murder.

But the past is not as simple as it seems, and Keira’s time is running out. Tangled in a dangerous web, she has to find a way to free the spirit… even if it means offering her own life in return.

Courtney’s Thoughts:

I want to start my review by saying I’m a wannabe horror fan. I’ve just gotten into horror in the past year or so, and I’m still at the point where just about everything in the horror genre keeps me up at night. Based on that, this is the perfect book for fans of horror who are like me. I was able to read this book without sleeping with the light on, but I definitely got to parts where I had chills down my spine. I would label this as a cozy horror as opposed to a true horror book. I want to grab this book and wrap up in a warm and cozy blanket with some hot chocolate on Halloween night.

I tend to stay away from reading other reviews before I write mine to dissuade any influence others may have on my thoughts. However, because as I mentioned before, I am not always good with horror, I did read reviews before this one to make sure I wouldn’t be too terrified to sleep at night. Aside from the reviews regarding it as not as much horror as they wanted, the rest of the reviews, in my opinion, were just plain wrong. Many people complained that every loose string wasn’t tied up. While this is correct, this is the first book in the series, and I’m not sure what exactly they expected. The main storyline of this book is wrapped up quite nicely, and I thought the author did an excellent job of setting us up with questions and making sure we were just intrigued to read the next book.

This leads to my one complaint. There is no second book yet! As soon as I finished this one, I was ready to dive right back in and learn everything about Keira and her special abilities. I even still have questions about her conspiracy theory loving friend Zoe and her sweet doctor friend Mason. I think this speaks to how excellent of a writer Darcy Coates is that her horror book not only grabbed me but has be waiting on pins and needles for book two! I personally think this is a great book for anyone, horror fans and no so into horror fans alike.

Thank you to NetGalley, Darcy Coates, and Poisoned Pen Press for allowing me the opportunity to dive into this mystical world and fall in love with a horror novel.


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