Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Eighth Grave After Dark


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson, #8
Released: May 19th 2015
Publisher: Piatkus
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. 
Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.
While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Yes, it’s finally that time of the year – Charley Davidson is back with us, in all her glory, to amuse and entertain, to make us laugh and even break our hearts.

Charley’s world is becoming more complicated by the second. Eighth Grave finally offers some answers, but with them come even more questions and uncertainties. Darynda Jones knows how to give us just enough, intrigue us even more, and leave us begging for the next installment.


Eighth Grave is more static than the previous books due to Charley and Reyes being geographically limited. Instead of running all over the place and jumping from one case to the next, Charley is closed up in a convent, unable to leave the premises. This limits her ability to investigate, but she wouldn’t be Charley if she didn’t find ways around her. Mystery follows our girl everywhere, why should an abandoned convent be any different?

Eighth Grave may be a slower book, but it’s a game changer nevertheless. It’s one of the most emotionally charged Charley Davidson books to date and as usual, you can expect laughs and tears both. Most of us who read Seventh Grave already suspected that things would never be the same, but none of us could have predicted where Jones would choose to take it all in the end. The changes are scary for Charley and they’re very scary for us fans. For the first time since the beginning, even after all the hardship, the injuries and the losses, we don’t know how our beloved character might change.

The ending is not a cliffhanger as such, but it’s wide open and it gives us a clear idea of what to expect in the next book, which will undoubtedly be very emotional for all of us. However, the set up, the brand new situation our heroes find themselves in, will likely be a source of hilarity too. Things usually are where Charley’s involved. The release of Ninth Grave has been pushed to 2016, which I’m none too thrilled about, but I’d wait forever for Charley and Reyes. What’s nine months between friends?


A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


19 comments:

  1. I mentioned this on my review (which will be posted on Wednesday) that I have a feeling Charley will never be the same after this book. I'm looking forward to seeing how Ms. Jones will reinvent her character.

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  2. Gosh, I'm so behind on this series, Maja! I need to catch up because it sounds like it's consistently great and funny. I especially love that humor is such a big part of the story!
    Lovely review, Maja!

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  3. I still need to read the seventh and haven't yet but now that I know there is a cliffy at the end of this one too, I might wait even longer. I don't know, Reyes and Charley are so hard to resist!

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  4. I'm on hold for the audio of the 3rd book at the library, (love Lorelei King's narration!) so as soon as it comes through I'll start this series up again. I'm glad I don't have to wait in between because I've got several to catch up on. I'm wondering what the game changer is! Hopefully it's a good game changer and not something bad. Nice to hear the series is still going strong even if this book was a little more static than the last ones. Wonderful review! :)

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  5. I so can't wait for the next one. I was surprised by this one, it was a bit different and wow so many revelations, I loved to learn all that! great review!

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  6. I have to wait so long for this one, woe is me

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  7. I'm really glad that despite this series having so many installments out, it still feels fresh for the fans and that new conflicts keep appearing, and even chances for major character growth to the characters! I like it when a series does that - keeps us well-engaged and fearful for the people in it and the stories they will bring. Amazing review, Maja! I need to check out this series asap.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  8. I'm really glad that despite this series having so many installments out, it still feels fresh for the fans and that new conflicts keep appearing, and even chances for major character growth to the characters! I like it when a series does that - keeps us well-engaged and fearful for the people in it and the stories they will bring. Amazing review, Maja! I need to check out this series asap.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  9. I still need to read Seventh Grave but I'm glad to hear that you've loved this one, because now I can binge read both books in my Kindle!! Even if I am a bit concerned now about the changes!
    Thank you for the great review Maja!

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  10. Never be the same??? What's happening? What's happened???

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  11. I don't know if I'm emotionally equipped to handle this series Maja! I feel like it's going to rip my heart out and stomp on it book after book, but there's clearly enough humor worked in as well that I'm willing to forget the pieces my heart was left in when it comes time for the next installment. I think binge reading when all is said and done is the way to go for me. Then I can just take one epic ride on the roller coaster ;-)

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  12. Ah! Now you've got me on the edge of my seat. The word 'game changer' has me all up in arms!

    Really excited for this next instalment, and it's awesome that the author can still keep things fresh. Before I started the series, I had the impression of it being too flippant/cheesy for me, but once I started, I finished the first 5 books in a week.

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  13. So great to hear that you enjoyed this one, I have seen a lot of people also mentioning that it is a critical one in the series

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  14. I just downloaded my audiobook copy this morning and I am anxious to dig in. this sounds like it is a much more serious book than its predecessors. I am eager to learn more about Mr. Wong finally and see what the game changers are that you mentioned.

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  15. I've only read the first two but I SO need to catch up on this series!

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  16. I need to try out this series. Everyone seems to like it! I feel left out :) Great review, Maja!

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  17. It made me antsy for her to be closed up like that! But so many questions answered so yay. And that ending!!

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  18. I can't wait to read this one, Maja! I'm anxiously awaiting my copy from the library. I'm really curious to see how serious this book gets and I'm all for a game changer. I love this series.

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  19. I keep playing with the ending in my mind...going over all of the scenarios Waiting for the next book is going to be a bit@h.

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