The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea

The Graveyard Speaks by Hunter Shea
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Horror, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (51 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Some secrets can’t stay buried.

Deep in a dark, snow-covered cemetery, a terrifying, moaning apparition rises from the same grave night after night. Even the most hardened caretakers won’t go near the Spooner gravestone on their midnight rounds. Only one ghost hunter has the will to face the unknown, but at what price? In the chilling blackness, only Jessica Backman is prepared to answer the spectral cry from beyond when the graveyard speaks.

Are ghosts capable of suffering? Can they feel the same breadth of emotions that are available to human beings?

Jessica has an unusual talent that piqued my curiosity as soon as I learned about it. What made it even more interesting is that she doesn’t understand how it works or why only some people have it. For a book this length, not going into detail on this subject is sensible. As much as I would have loved to learn more about her past a lengthy exposition would not have been appropriate while Jessica was busy stalking the dead.

This story was fast-paced and plot-driven. While it was exciting to have my questions answered in rapid succession there wasn’t much space allotted to character development. Jessica is a dedicated, talented ghost hunter but I have trouble describing her personality and interests outside of this aspect of her life. Hopefully the sequel will explore who Jessica is as a well-rounded woman in more detail because I am quite intrigued with this character’s courage and ability to think on her feet!

It wasn’t until I finished reading The Graveyard Speaks that I realized it was part of a series. While there are several brief references to a tragedy that took place many years ago this tale can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t know anything about these characters before I started reading and I had no trouble quickly figuring out what was happening.

The Graveyard Speaks is a tantalizing glimpse into a world where the line between the natural and supernatural is thin, grey and smudged. I, for one, cannot wait to visit it again.

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