Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

Girl at the Grave

Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother's legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer. Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, ...

Details Girl at the Grave

TitleGirl at the Grave
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews Girl at the Grave

  • Kerri
    Absolutely fantastic! Official/fangirling review coming soon 😊
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: Girl at the GraveSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Teri Bailey BlackRelease date: August 7, 2018Cliffhanger: NoHEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Girl at the Grave doesn't have any ghosts or scenes I would describe as horror filled. It's a pure murder mystery-suspense with a strong love triangle subplot. I'm not a fan of that romance trope, in fact I avoid it at all costs if possible. I can't say that I loved that aspect here and how it lingere...
  • mith
    find my review on my blog as well!---There are few things as disappointing as disliking a book that you’ve been anticipating. Especially one with murder! Girl at the Grave, I feel, had a lot of potential, and yet… Here I am. Here we are. I am sad. There are a few good things about Grave. The main character, Valentine, was well written. I liked her most times. The love interest—the main one—(take that how you will)—Rowan, was super sweet...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.No matter what Valentine does she cannot get away from her mother's grim legacy. When a new string of murders occurs in her small town, all signs seemingly point to the daughter of a murderer. Interestingly enough the son of her mother's victim is the only person on Valentine's side. Valentine plans on uncovering the real killer, but when she discovers the truth she will have to co...
  • The Captain
    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult gothic fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .The beginning of this novel was promising but it ended up being not to me taste.  The positive things that made me finish the book were two-fold:1. I liked the main character, Valentine.  She was smart and resourceful.2. I wanted to know how Valentine was going to prove her mother's innocen...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    Going back and forth on 4 or 4 1/2 stars. RTC a bit closer to release date. I did really like this one. Thank you to TorTeen and Netgalley for my copy for review.
  • Jennifer Jimenez
    I'm not gonna lie, I'm actually surprised by how much I liked this book. I was uncertain in the beginning, finding some things a little too coincidental, and the writing just ok. But then the story and the writing found its way, and I found myself not wanting to stop! *NOTE: neither the description nor the copy on the book (and not even the title!) really tells you what this is. It's a YA historical fiction novel with a little bit of a love trian...
  • Bethany
    Girl at the Grave is an atmospheric YA mystery set in the late 1800's. Reminiscent of Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter, it evokes gothic sensibilities, an underlying sense of unease, and the terrors of rural small-mindedness for women and those who were different. Valentine has spent her life being known as the daughter of a murderess and, despite her success in school, she can't seem to outrun her past or her poverty. New murders shine a...
  • Aly
    4/5 starsI found myself to really enjoy this book, despite not being the biggest fan of historical fiction. Despite that, I was actually glued to the book and couldn't stop reading. There was just so much mysery involving all the characters, where you think you understand them, but there's just a shred of doubt in each one. There were some moments that I felt were completely unnecessary or just too long of a scene, like when there's just so much ...
  • Carol Burniston
    Girl at the Grave is engrossing and atmospheric, it will keep you guessing until the very last page!
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me an e-galley through netgalley!Holy crap. This book was so freaking good. Part romance, part cautionary tale. All mystery. One little thing spurred so much in this story. Just when I thought it all figured out I'd be thrown through a loop again. This was probably one of the best books I've read this year. I set all my other books aside to read this one. I stayed up until 1 am knowing I had to be ...
  • Amanda
    After some thinking about this book I decided to change my review. The first quarter of this book did a lot of building up which can be boring at times. This is all about a girl whose mom was hung for murder. So many more deaths happened in relationship to her mother but why? It was shocking as to why! There are 2 boys in love with our lovely main character. One rich, one poor. Which will she choose? This is a fantastic book. I’m so glad I took...
  • Ruthsic
    Girl at the Grave is a decent enough historical mystery that spends too much time on its romantic subplot. When I first started it, I did not even know that it was historical fiction (there is no such indication in the blurb) and the setting was also a little confusing. Small town in 19th century US with a co-ed high school (even if the classes were separate, they do share a campus) was weird enough, but a lot of the times, it doesn't even become...
  • Lindsay
    Girl at the Grave started off strong with suspense, mystery, and action, and then fell flat with little happening until well after the 50% mark. The middle was filled with Valentine getting to know her love interest Rowan as four months passed. Their time together was a plus since the instant love factor was nonexistent, but on the other hand, Valentine spent the majority of the novel in love with two guys and went back and forth between them. He...
  • Leah
    Colour me disappointed. I just did not get excited about this book. It was good, don't get me wrong, but not what I wanted to read.With a title like that, I for some reason was expecting a story involving ghosts. No ghosts, but murder! Cool! Awesome! A Victorian era YA thriller! Lies.10% of the book was focused on murder, and the rest was school drama and some unexpected love triangle that I didn't really care for. I'm just kind of left with the ...
  • Trianna
    This book is a historical mystery which was so much fun. I need to read more of these. The mystery is multigenerational and keeps you guessing. There are some dreamlike (flashback) sequences which are clearly marked as flashbacks which I appreciated. One of my favorite things was the main character wants to advocate for women's rights and continue her education. There is a love triangle which was kind of annoying, but I understand why the author ...
  • Toni
    Girl at the Grave is different than what I had hoped for after reading the synopsis, but still a pretty good read. I appreciate the fact that the characters are well written, as is the history of the town and Valentine’s mom. The mystery is really what I loved about this book; I just wish there was more of it.The story starts out very strong, full of mystery and intrigue, and then wanders off the beaten path a bit. I feel like too much of the b...
  • Alyson Kent
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC! Longer review after the book’s publication date, but the quick and dirty is that it’s a good read, gets bogged down (for me, anyway) in the middle with romance triangle drama, then picks back up again. As for the bet with myself, I was only half right.
  • Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!Review to come...
  • Sydney (sydneysshelves) West
    A historical drama with potential for mystery. But the mystery was mediocre at best. There's alot of small town drama and nastiness. But it was interesting seeing how these characters interacted with each other. There's a huge focus on the love triangle between Rowen, Valentine, and Sam. But it was pretty obvious from the beginning who she would pick. Overall I liked this book and would def read more by this author in the future. But i was pretty...
  • Teri
    Small towns seem to contain the most secrets, and this one had more than most.  Layers upon layers.  And that's what prevented me from putting down this book.This novel kept me guessing.  At certain points, I rolled my eyes, certain I knew which direction the plot was headed, and how similar this book was to so many others I'd read.  And I was very pleasantly proven wrong.  Twists and surprises are sprinkled throughout, with strong character...
  • Kathleen
    The book started a bit slow for me, but it really picked up steam as I progressed. I loved the main character Valentine. She was strong, independent, kind, but also had her flaws. The characters of Rowan & Sam were both well developed and added so much to the story. I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, and at times was frustrated with this one, but I like how everything was explained in the end. The mysteries of what happened in Feavers Crossing...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    4 starsThis was really good and PERFECT for fans of Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco! It's a gothic murder mystery with romantic elements--such a wonderful debut! Review to come <3
  • Jen
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5/5 stars for Girl at the Grave. I know I read the synopsis when I requested this book, but when I started reading it I could not have told you what it was about. And I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. I really enjoyed this read! It was definitely action-packed, although I did feel a lull in the middle, and there was mystery and a dead body around e...
  • Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was a bit on the fence with this book, because historical stories tend to not be my thing. But the whole concept of the mother's legacy and then the murder mystery, so I figured that I'd give it a shot and see what happened. And it turned out to be a really enjoyable story overall. It's not quite what you expect, because the synopsis makes it sound like it's goin...
  • Stephanie Ward
    'Girl at the Grave' is an atmospheric historical mystery that blends in Gothic elements and romance to create a great debut novel. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but I love mysteries and anything Gothic, so I was excited to read this one. I didn't really have any expectations going in and I was definitely impressed by what I found inside the pages. If I hadn't known it was a debut, I never would've guessed it. The author has a natural s...
  • Vanessa
    Girl at the Grave is a young adult historical fiction novel centered around Valentine, a young girl trying to cope with a family scandal. When she was six years old, her mother had killed the wealthy Nigel Blackshaw and was hanged three days later. Over a decade later, new information is bought to Valentine, leading her to think that maybe her mother was innocent. What I like about Girl at the Grave:1. The mystery of who really killed Nigel Black...
  • Erin | erinrossi
    Read my full review on my blog as well: I received the ARC for Girl at the Grave from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I am a giant sucker for Victorian Gothic novels, and Girl at the Grave had all the elements of a perfectly creepy gothic thriller. While I did find some issues with the plot, I honestly enjoyed this book so much. I could not put it down and I stay up till 3am two nights in a...