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THE GRAVE ARTIST is the March 2012 release by author Paula Lynn Johnson. A detour from the ordinary YA paranormal storylines, The Grave Artist tells the tale of junior high student Clare Davis and her obsession with drawing Death Skull images. But she soon realizes that her compulsion to draw the skulls is out of her control.
Clare Davis is the child of divorce and is unhappy that she and her mother are no longer able to live like they once lived. Following the split of her parents and a near death experience at a party, Clare is forced into counseling when the Death Skull images that she continues to draw (she has named Sammies) become too macabre for her mother to understand-even Clare does not know from where the compulsion originates. But a visit to an old cemetery will reveal more to Clare than her own hand-drawn images.
Neil aka Gollum is Clare's BFF. A fellow art student, Neil's interest in Clare extends beyond their similar interests. When Clare's images begin to interfere with her sleep and her daily routine, the local historical society may hold some answers to the names and faces that begin to haunt. Soon Neil becomes her support and her rock, and guides Clare through her daily excursions hunting for the truth. But once things become dangerous, Neil wants Clare to pull back from her search. Clare knows that the only way to stop the compulsions is to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The local historian reveals that the founding family, the Forsythe's, had a wide and rather colorful history. But as Neil and Clare begin to search the local archives, they learn that many of Clare's images are quite possibly a communication from beyond the grave.Read more ›
From the beginning, the reader is shown the major conflict within Clare's family. Everyone is having a hard time with the divorce. Each of the main characters are giving a chance to reveal the pain and damage that the upheaval in the family has done to them. Written from Clare's point of view, we do see more of her angst and turmoil and yes, it's of the teenage variety. She's sixteen. I wouldn't expect anything less. The author also shows us the hurt and turmoil of her twenty-something sister, her mother and even her father. It's these glimpses that help to make the characters feel real and distinct from one another.
The story doesn't slack off in the pacing department. Once things begin happening in earnest for Clare, they continue until they reach the very end. I expected a few twists and turns and thought I had everything figured out until the last couple of chapters. What I had been envisioning wasn't what happened. It was a pleasant surprise even as it made me sad. There was a nice blend of action sequences and times where the characters paused to catch their breath.
In truth, this book was a good way to spend a chilly evening. I enjoyed the history and scientific lessons included within the hunt for answers. It all added up to a good read that went fairly quick. If you're looking for a good, first step into the YA genre that's not overbearing, this is among one of the books you should try.
I really liked The Grave Artist. Clare is being haunted and possibly possessed. Her mother is worried about her, as is her new friend Neil, who helps her so she doesn't get herself killed. I liked how the ghost was reaching her through art rather than other scary ways (I'm a wimp!), although there are a few moments where the ghost goes a bit too far in her communications.
I did solve the mystery really early. As soon as Clare gets the mysterious locket opened and the contents are identified, I had an AH HA moment! And I was right! It's quite scandalous! Well, scandalous for that time period. I do wish it hadn't been so obvious, even if I did enjoy this. Also, at the end, I really could not understand one character's reaction to the truth. They really make no sense given that all of these events they're worried about happened over 200 years ago. I started thinking that maybe they were harboring another related secret, but nope. It was just strange.
In the end, I liked The Grave Artist a lot. It's a quick, historical murder mystery with a paranormal twist. It kept me hooked from the beginning until the very end. There are a few parts that I wish had been elaborated on more, because as they stand, they seem like just random bits, but overall this was an enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a good book! Loved the characters; so deep and complex....At times I felt I really knew them. Great mystery that will make you want to continue reading until you finish it!Published 2 months ago by Dana
I really enjoyed this! An easy read with not too much violence or sex - just enough to keep the plot going.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This story started out slow, but by the middle it got really interesting. A ghost communicates across two hundred years through art to help a young girl solve her murder.Published 7 months ago by Chris Sheehan
This was an enjoyable story, with likable characters. The plot flowed along well, with nice twists and turns, as we watched Clare discover the reason behind her subconscious... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Skybluespirit
Complex teenage relationships, automatic drawing, historical elements and the local graveyard, what more could you ask for. Fast read and enjoyable.Published 21 months ago by Karen Quesada
This book took the reader through many emotions of a young woman, her journey through her parents divorce, her mixed emotions as she finds herself embroiled in a clairvoyant... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eileen P. Landreth prime