The graveyard visible from Caleb's bedroom window grows a little bigger each day. He sees funerals there every evening, but nobody is dying. Misha, the strange girl who lives there with her grandfather, takes an unwanted interest in Caleb, and he can't shake her off. But he's sure those peculiar mourners, the same ones at each graveside every time, are forcing her into rituals against her will... Caleb, still reeling from the death of his mother, soon finds himself deep in a world of the dead in this chilling YA horror novel; will it be too late for him to climb back out?
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
I was first drawn to this book because of its striking cover and interesting synopsis. It's about a young boy called Caleb, who has lost his mother and lives with his pretty unresponsive, cold father. Their home backs onto the graveyard where is mother is buried and which is home to a slightly odd young girl called Misha and her grandfather.
According to Caleb's father and grandfather his visiting and 'obsession' of the graveyard isn't healthy. But it's through this yearning to visit and study the graveyard that his dark adventure begins.
For me personally, this is a story of profound loss. Each character is battling with their own loss and dealing with it in varied ways. It is through this loss that I really connected with Caleb and his grandfather's story. It's an interesting view point to feel that loss through a child's eyes, not only of a mother but of his uncaring father. I felt that the loss aspect really outshsdowed the 'horror' aspect. But I think that's why I enjoyed it if in honest.
~ Jayne Sutcliffe, NetGalley