Review of Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

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Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction.

When dead women start appearing in her apartment – lost, confused and terrified beyond reason – Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes’s help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer’s next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who’s responsible. And even if he can’t, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her – body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay…

Okay, book 5 in the Charley Davidson series, finds us picking up where we left off in book 4. Reyes Farrow has moved in to the apartment down the hall from our leading lady, Uncle Ubie and Cookie are still up to their usual flirtations, and some of our most favorite ghosts are around, helping Charley in any spiritual way they can. This 5th book in the series, however, brings about a lot more ghosts, a change in Reyes Farrow that we had not seen previously, and reveals a few interesting secrets that you won’t see coming (or at least I didn’t).

Darynda has a way of writing that will be considered a classic one day. She is one of, if the not THE, most talented author that has provided our world with a masterpiece of a book; of a series. She has a way of integrating humor, action, adventure, romance, and the paranormal that no one else even comes close to accomplishing. It almost seems effortless; like it all comes natural to her- like she IS Charley.

While this 5th book was not my favorite (still loved it, though), it was a wonderful book that should be read by EVERY person out there, no matter who they are or what they do or read. This author, and her books, should be studied in school as an English lesson… Granted, it would have to be a college course or else we’d risk the wrath of parents… lol… but I stick by my statement. And, some day in the future, I think she will be, because she is such a genius… Just like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, William Shakespeare, and more.

Absolutely amazing!

~Genevieve~

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