Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

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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.

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★★★(3 stars)

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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.

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  • 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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Book Review: The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.

As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.

Yet not all promises can be kept.

Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

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Joana. Guilt is a hunter. A Lithuanian nurse and a sinner.

Florian. Fate is a hunter. A Prussian who is blinded by his hunger for survival and revenge.

Emilia. Shame is a hunter. A pregnant Polish girl daunted by her traumatic past.

Alfred. Fear is a hunter. A German serving for the name of Adolf Hitler and his thirst for honor.

Four teenagers, four secrets.

As they aboard the Gustloff, what they think was salvation turned into the greatest tragedy at sea known in the history of human kind. arrows

  • The way the story is written makes everything so beautifully depicted. Each conveyed emotion felt so real. Despite the tragedy, it still reminds me that help will truly find its own way.

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