Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly



Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.


★★★(3 stars)

Josephine Montfort has everything a girl could ever want. Born in one of New York’s richest family, Jo was always given the best. But when her father is seen dead in his study while cleaning his revolver, Jo is sure that everything is not just a mere accident.

Determine to find the culprit, Jo now, started to investigate in the dirtiest and the most unexpected parts of the city. As she tries to uncover the truth, she will learn that the truth is the dirtiest of all.


  • I am so in love with the forensic part of the novel. Oscar, the forensic pathologist in the story, describes each and every detail of his findings in a very scientific yet understandable way.

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