Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Beyond the Grave
By Mara Purnhagen
Book Three of the Past Midnight Series
Out: now
Review copy from NG
4 out of 5 stars

I love this series. Seriously.
This is the third book and we meet up with Charlotte only weeks after the big events in the second book. So, unlike the first two, this book really should not be read as a stand-alone. There are several reasons for this.
First, the reader needs to understand what happened to put the Silvers in the situation they currently find themselves in. Secondly, this book has a different feel than the first two. The family is sad. The family is disjointed, and scattered. As I have loved Charlotte from the first book, I can see the change in her character, and a first time reader may not understand her motivations in this novel.
That said, the pacing is fantastic, the action moves along at a good clip, we get a new character, and see a new side to a returning one.
My favorite part was a flashback to an investigation at a bed and breakfast called the Pink Rose. It hit me later, that what I really missed was the investigations. Here's hoping that the family is back on the road in Book 4.
The Past Midnight Series (links go to Goodreads)
Past Midnight
Raising the Dead (novella)
One Hundred Candles
Haunting the Night (novella)
and now,
Beyond the Grave