Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
The first sentence of Shallow Graves was enough to draw me in.
“The first time I killed a man it was an accident.”
Breezy wakes up buried. She claws her way out, mud in her mouth and ears and she’s scared. There’s a man there, but he isn’t alive for long – Breezy kills him with her touch. Breezy has nowhere to go. She can’t possibly return home – how long has she been dead? Has her family moved on? How will she explain the dead man by her makeshift grave? She doesn’t have to breathe. She doesn’t have to eat or drink. She doesn’t have to sleep. Even her heart doesn’t have to beat. And she can see the guilt of murderers like shadows. Breezy travels across the country on the kindness of strangers, and others with ulterior motives. Breezy attempts to find out what she is, who she is and why this is happening to her.
Wallace has a gorgeous prose that makes Shallow Graves an easy read. Though not a lot always happens, Wallace manages to compel the reader to continue. She writes Breezy with such an authentic voice and an enjoyable narrative. Her journey to found out if she’s creature or human, and what being a ‘monster’ really means, is a highlight of the novel.
I don’t read paranormal/urban fantasy a lot. It’s the couple of genres that was overdone a few years back, so it’s hard to please me with when it comes to a book like this. Yet Shallow Graves is a fantastic one, so if you’re looking for quite a unique urban fantasy/paranormal with a mystery element, Shallow Graves is the book for you.