The Cemetery Owner

Fiction - Paranormal
292 Pages
Reviewed on 01/05/2016
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Author Biography

Simone Mendonça lives in Rio de Janeiro. The Cemetery Owner is her first book. She also wrote the play "Inferno Astral" and She is engaged in projects regarding screenplays and web series. The second book of this trilogy is coming out soon, The Cemetery Owner and the Rebellion of Souls.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a captivating and interesting new book by author Simone Mendonça, The Cemetery Owner is a story that will grab readers from the very beginning and won’t let them go until the very last word is read. Following the story of Ze Maria, the being forced to own the Caju Cemetery for one hundred years, and to greet all of those who cross over from life to death, many interesting characters will be met, and their lives examined. Ze Maria himself committed a serious infraction during his life, and is serving out his penance in the cemetery. Those who drive by the seemingly quiet place could not imagine what truly goes on each day, and readers will be enthralled to find out how much life goes on between this world and the next.

I very much enjoyed The Cemetery Owner. Author Simone Mendonça has done a great job in creating characters that readers will be able to connect with, relate to, and truly care about. Scene setting is fantastic, and the very unique placement of the action in the cemetery setting is not something I have seen before. Readers who enjoy fiction with a paranormal edge and great character building would definitely love The Cemetery Owner. I highly recommend this book, and I hope that author Simone Mendonça will release more English-language works soon. I, for one, will certainly be eagerly watching for them. If they are anything like The Cemetery Owner, they will absolutely be worth the read!

Tracy Slowiak

A tale set in a cemetery, detailing what occurs between death and the next step; doesn’t that sound like a delicious read? That’s exactly what readers will find in The Cemetery Owner by author Simone Mendonça. Protagonist Ze Maria has found himself in quite a predicament. He’s the owner of Caju Cemetery, and will be for 100 years, needing to settle a debt he incurred in life through some pretty terrible behavior. He doesn’t only own the cemetery; he’s also charged with greeting those who step across the line from life to death, and starting them on their journey. Filled with interesting characters only one step away from the afterlife, this book will keep readers entertained and flipping the pages throughout.

I loved The Cemetery Owner. Loved. It. I was intrigued with the story from the very beginning, and read it all in one sitting, refusing to put it down until it was done. Author Simone Mendonça has a truly creative mind and has provided readers with an absolutely wonderful novel. Readers who love fiction, especially novels set in unusual settings and that discuss aspects of the afterlife in a completely engaging and entertaining fashion, would love The Cemetery Owner, and I highly recommend that they read it. I am excited to find more work by this extremely promising author, and hope that there will be more available in English very soon. With such a unique and interesting voice, Simone Mendonça is unlikely to be undiscovered for long!