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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Girl with 39 Graves by Michael Beres is a suspenseful crime thriller with compelling characters, a twisted plot, and an inescapable quest for revenge. In 1939, Rose Buckles, a beautiful young girl, is murdered near the Wyoming-Utah line, but she isn’t really buried and, decades later, deaths of old men and relatives researching what actually happened are recorded. Murder-suicides and staged accidents seem to be linked to Rose. Woven into the story is the tale of a powerful crime family. But can anyone unveil the mystery of what actually happened in 1939?
I enjoyed the prose and the peculiar manner in which the characters as well as aspects of the setting are described. Right off the bat, readers are presented to Rose and the humorous way she is captured: “On windy days watching Rose Buckles walk down the street was like watching a monochrome film with red hair penned in by a Disney crew. Town whispers had Rose Buckles so flaming gorgeous, gossip followed like a lost dog.”
This is a beautifully written story with an international setting. The author’s gift for plot comes out brilliantly, with twists and surprises that are hard to predict. The unpredictability in plot creates the suspense that makes the story irresistible. The reader wants to know what happens next. The mystery created around the protagonist showcases the author’s ability to keep readers engaged. The writing in The Girl with 39 Graves is deft and the work is well-balanced, emotionally rich, and cunningly plotted. The characters are memorable and the overall reading experience is a gripping, unforgettable one.