“There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.
But it could always be worse. . . .
Q: How do you resist a book with this opening?
A: You (okay, I) don't.
At the risk of gushing, I don't know where to focus my praise for Three Graves Full - the plot or the prose. Between the twists and turns, well-placed red herrings, and characters so real you'd swear you've met them, it all simply makes my heart sing.
Hmmm. Looks like there will be gushing, after all.
Immediately grabbing your attention and imagination, the author does not let go. It is virtually impossible to imagine that Jason Getty could ever rouse the intestinal fortitude, the level of emotion required to harm, let alone kill, another human being. So, from the very start, I just had to know how he got there.
But it wasn't to be that easy. Before I knew it, bodies were uncovered, police were everywhere, and another mystery was afoot. I had a moment's concern that the other story, and its characters, would dilute the impact of Jason's nightmare. There was no need to worry.
Ms. Mason paints word pictures so vivid that I could see, hear, feel, and smell - which is not always a good thing - every part of the story. I lost many hours of sleep, waiting for a convenient place to stop for the night. Bless her!
Although I would love to share a few (dozen) quotes, Simon & Schuster insists that my copy is an uncorrected proof. To which I can only say: such authors must make an editor's life a dream.
Oh, but I can share my favorite character: Tessa, hands down.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.com [http://www.netgalley.com/] professional readers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.