I was super excited to get approved to read an arc copy of These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly! I loved Revolution, and her Waterfire Saga (so good), so when I found out about Graves, I couldn’t wait to start reading.
Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Jo lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.
I feel really terrible about this, because I love Donnelly’s writing, but I had a hard time finishing this, and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. The premise sounds like everything I would love: mystery, murder, historical fiction, strong females. And yet it took me weeks to just get to 15% on my kindle.
Part of it, I think, was that I just wasn’t really connecting to the characters. I just was not connecting with Jo, and I find I lose interest in a story because of that.
A big part of it though, I think, is that I find I have a really hard time getting through certain books on my kindle, which is weird and not really explainable, but there it is. I would be interested in getting a hard copy of this book and seeing whether I enjoy it more that way.