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These Shallow Graves Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—It's September 1890, and Josephine "Jo" Montfort has been called home from Miss Sparkwell's School for Young Ladies upon her father's death. The police said it was an accident, but Jo knows her father would never have been so careless as to clean a loaded gun. When rumors of suicide reach her ears, she feels compelled to discover the truth of what happened that night in her father's study. Risking her reputation, the teen searches for answers wherever the clues take her, even to the dangerous slums and docks of New York City. With a handsome and nosy newsman as her reluctant guide, Jo begins to learn more about her family's murky history. Each secret she uncovers leads to another, stirring up her past and threatening her future. Donnelly's latest is a glimpse into the changing societal structure of turn-of-the-century New York City, personified by Jo Montfort. She is a girl trapped by her family's expectations and yearning for a different life, sentiments that will resound with today's teens. She and her co-amateur detective and forbidden romantic interest, Eddie Gallagher, are likable, well-drawn, and interesting. While there may not be many surprises for discerning readers, interest is maintained as they unravel the puzzle through Jo's naive eyes. The plot moves forward at steady pace and short chapters break the novel up into easily devourable pieces. VERDICT A beautifully written mystery that will appeal to a variety of readers.—Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Praise for These Shallow Graves:
★ “These Shallow Graves succeeds as a wonderfully paced thriller, a heart-pounding romance and an unflinching look at the hard choices one young woman must make when society disparages her dreams.” -Shelf Awareness, Starred Review
★ "Fast-paced and thrilling...a smart, insightful, timely depiction of a young woman poised on the brink of a new world after the shattering of another."-Booklist, Starred Review
★ "Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery...[and] the injustices Donnelly highlights remain all too relevant."-Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A beautifully written mystery."-SLJ
"[A] fast-paced thriller...the story races to its surprising conclusion."-Kirkus Reviews
"A heroine you can't help cheering on."-The Horn Book
"A twisted tale of secrets, murder, love, and revenge. This historical thriller delivers...[and] Donnelly will keep you on the edge of your seat with this fast-paced, tightly written page turner."-USAToday.com
"Donnelly returns with a powerhouse of a whodunit. Her eighth novel strikes hard against poverty, sexism, classism, and gree, driving as relentlessly as Jo in her pursuit of truth and freedom."-BookPage.com
"These Shallow Graves delivered all that I adore: lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting. I devoured this book!"-Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea
"An intelligent, personable heroine-Jo Montfort's hopes for an enlightened future uncover a dark past, resulting in a splendidly hair-raising tour of the brightest and darkest corners of Victorian New York."-Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity and Black Dove, White Raven
"Jo Montfort is a gutsy modern heroine in a beguiling tale of old New York. Money, murder, betrayal, and family secrets....I loved spending time in this world!"-Elizabeth Ross, author of William C. Morris Award finalist Belle Epoque
"A fast-paced Gilded Age crime thriller that plunges its intrepid investigative-journalist heroine into the sordid underworld of nineteenth-century New York City and into her own family's dark secrets."-Julie Berry, award-winning author of All the Truth That's In Me
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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
This was a great mystery/historical fiction read. Jo is an intelligent young woman of a well-to-do family. She dreams of having the freedom to choose her path in life--whether it is to become a journalist, to marry who her family wants her to marry or to not marry at all. Then her world is rocked when her father dies, of an apparent suicide...or was it? Jo begins an investigation into what really happened to her father, with the help of dashing newspaperman Eddie. Of course, she falls for him even though they are not a socially acceptable match. Close to 500 pages, this book flew and will keep readers engaged from the first page to the last. The characters, most of whom are flawed, are intriguing and well written. I highly recommend this book.
I preferred the mystery part of this book to the romance, which was blah (they meet and a few chapters are in love, I would have liked a slow burn instead of a hot flash, but this is probably more for the teens who fall in love so quickly).
The story revolves around Jo Monefort, a girl from the rich old New York families, whose father dies unexpectedly. Jo finds out inadvertently that what was ruled an accident was most probably a murder. Despite the strictures of the time, Jo sets out to discover what really happened to her father. She wrangles the help of a young newspaper reporter (who also happens to be really good looking). As they work for the truth, partners in Jo's father's shipping firm are dying off one by one.
The crux of the mystery is the one outlier investor who was purported to have died years ago but before perishing at sea, was upset with what the shipping firm was transporting. The reader has to go through the entire book to figure out what goods were on the ships (I was initially thrown for a loop as the book is set after the American civil war), which is what has led to the deaths of Jo's father and his friends.
My other reason for not giving the book higher ratings was that the ending was a bit too happy and yet again I attribute this to the intended audience of teenagers. Yet, despite this I do think Jo and her family don't come away completely unscathed.
I would recommend this book for pre-teens or young teenagers, nice book and a fun and interesting way to learn about history.
Inquisitive by nature, Jo finds the reports of her father's death have inconsistencies, and once she pulls the first thread in the fabric of lies, she can't stop until she has unraveled the entire and true story.
While there is a lot in Shallow Graves that we've read before: love between two people from different classes, rebellious heroine who breaks the rules, long lost family members reunited, the author freshens these tropes and brings an exciting story to the page. The characters are highly defined and besides, the protagonist herself, my favorites were Fairy Fay and Oscar. Shadowy characters like The Tailor and Grandmama were great 19th century touches.
I read this in a few sitting because I loved the style, the intense emotions and the story itself. I had to find out the whole truth, and I didn't until almost the very end. For me, that's a good story.