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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dark and Chilling Suspense: The Grave Tender (Review)

A chilling psychological suspense novel, The Grave Tender explores the dark boundaries people cross to save loved ones, and the limits of family bonds tested by the deepest of betrayals.

Endless questions from a shadow-filled East Texas childhood haunt Hadley Dixon. People said her mother, Winnie, was never quite right, but with one single, irreparable act, life as Hadley knew it was shattered. The aftershocks of that moonlit night left her reeling, but the secrets and lies had started long before.

When a widowed and pregnant Hadley returns years later, it’s not the safe harbor she expects. The mysteries surrounding a local boy’s disappearance remain, and the townspeople still whisper about Hadley’s strange and reclusive Uncle Eli—whispers about a monster in their midst.


But Hadley’s father and grandmother, the cornerstones of everything safe in her world, avoid her questions. If Hadley stays here, will she be giving her children the family they need, or putting their lives in danger?

The hunt for answers takes a determined Hadley deep into the pine forests, in search of sunlight that will break through the canopy of lies long enough to reveal the truth.
The Grave Tender
Eliza Maxwell
Pub Date: 4/11/17
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Women's Fiction
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The Grave Tender opens on a note of tension that underscores the full plot. Eliza Maxwell's psychological suspense novel explores the dark consequences of family secrets as a young woman comes home to face the past.

Hadley Dixon didn't have an ideal home life; her mother was mentally ill and her uncle was the town freak. This complex story gives insight on Hadley's childhood as she viewed it. Further in the story readers are privy to the reality of her childhood as secrets are uncovered and the truth comes to light. The secrets unearthed change everything she thought about her family including her grandmother and father, the two she loved the most.

The Grave Tender's unique narration and dark themes make this a story best read in one sitting. I couldn't take my eyes off the pages because of how quickly the story escalated. It's so easy to become absorbed in knowing the dark secrets that lie in Hadley's past. They affect so many of the characters in the story that you have to keep reading to see the full scope. The Grave Tender's thought-provoking conclusion will stay with you long after you've finished. This is a story I won't soon forget!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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