LET ME SHRIEK AT YA'LL JUST HOW MUCH I ADORED THIS BOOK. IT IS NOW A PERMANENT FAVORITE. I LOVE IT. I normally don't read murder mysteries, so I was hesitant to pick it up. What first attracted me was the cover. Creepy, yet really pretty.
These Shallow Graves also depicted how confined women were back then, and how little they were allowed to do. Be a reporter? Absolutely not. Have opinions on things? Unthinkable. Walk down a street alone? Congrats, you are now a women of bad reputation. But what's that, you want to get married to this rich guy and have kids? OMG YES DO IT. IT'S THE BEST(and also only) THING YOU'LL EVER DO AND OMG I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
*sighs* Thank God I live in 2016.
- Jennifer Donnelly's writing style is so crisp and sharp. I was drawn in from the first sentence.
- Jo was such a strong character. She had a really great character ARC too. She started off as sort of independent, but not really strong enough to do things on her own; and by the end of the book she's a strong, very independent woman who doesn't need anyone.
- Can I just say how much I adored New York City in this book? It was so realistic(not that I've ever been there) but I felt like I was there.
- Can I please be a reporter? And work with Eddie Gallagher? Thanks.
- Grandmama. Most obnoxious old lady ever, but she's so hilarious. In a very bawdy way.
- THE MAP. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL.
-The murderer was NOT who I was expecting it to be. I was so surprised. A++
- Anna Montfort. UGH. WORST MOTHER EVER. Although she did sort of redeem herself at the end, so yeah.
- WHAT HAPPENED TO TRUDY? SHE JUST SORT OF DISAPEARED FROM THE STORY HALF WAY THROUGH. I NEED CLOSURE ON HER CHARACTER.