Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of my life is to serve as a cautionary tale to others.
Full confession going into this review: I read the last chapter first. I do that will all the books I read and sometimes is comes back to bite me in the butt. This was one of those times. I was not happy with how it ended so I waited weeks to pick it up and actually read the whole thing. I have no reason not to trust Ms. Jones but I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be happy with how we end up where we do.
Enough of that. Eighth Grave starts about eight or so months down the road. Charley is very pregnant with Beep and the whole crew is sequestered on holy ground. They are stuck there because of the hounds of hell patrolling the boundaries, waiting for Charley or Reyes to step foot out of them so they can eat them.
Though still Charley, we see a toned down version of her antics in Eighth Grave. She is geographically limited and cannot go places to create the havoc she normally does. So havoc seems to come to her. She has hired someone to look into her father’s murder and the man following her. She has also hired someone to find the people supposed to be Reyes parents before he was taken. All of this is done in secret because Charley knows Reyes would be enraged if he found out what she was doing. There is also a minor mystery Cookie and Charley are solving plus Cookie and Uncle Bob’s wedding.
There are still plenty of things going on but the crux of this book is really how Charley and Reyes will move forward. You know they cannot do what they do and still keep Beep around. And we also know that Beep is the one who will ultimately defeat Reyes’s father so she is to be protected at all costs.
Many things end up happening to move this plot arc to the direction Ms. Jones has chosen. Beep is born. We learn all about Mr. Wong. The hellhound issue is solved. Charley learns her name and comes into all her power. Charley’s dad’s mystery is semi-solved. There are some interesting revelations about Osh and what his future holds. All of these things were exciting and suspenseful and the reason I did enjoy this book.
Now for the end….I didn’t like it. I don’t like what it means for Charley and Reyes. I’m not going to spoil anything for you but the first part of the end was sad and the second part was very unsettling. I don’t know what will happen and where the series will go but the main appeal, for me, is Charley and Reyes. In this book, you really see how deeply Charley feels for Reyes. I think this is the first time where I realized what he means to her. I loved it but the end concerns me and makes me wonder how that will be reflected going forward.
Overall, I did like this book. There wasn’t as much Charley and Reyes time as I would have liked but we received many answers. It is not the end of the series so there are just as many questions left also. I’m nervous for the future and anxiously look forward to the next book. Final grade- B
“Some days I look back on my life and I’m extremely impressed I’m still alive.”