Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden

 So, I had no idea this was a graphic novel when I put it on hold at the library; I just saw that Charlaine Harris had something new out after ending her Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire series, and clicked the button. It's the first graphic novel I've ever read, so I can't even really tell you if it was any good or not. The illustration seemed good, about the same quality I remember from comic books back in my tender youth, and the story line was at least somewhat intriguing. But, at best, a graphic novel like this one has about the same nutritional value as a rice krispy treat.

The heroine of this tale is beaten, drugged, thrown in the trunk of a car and left for dead in a cemetery - and perhaps she was dead. She has no memory of who she is, or where she came from, and she adopts a new name from several different tombstones and the name of the cemetery which she begins to haunt. She is befriended, in much the same way as one tames a feral neighborhood cat, by the caretaker on the grounds, and an elderly widow living nearby. She fears most of all that the people who left here there will find her and finish the job, so she continues to hide out until the night she witnesses a murder in the graveyard. After her near death experience, she has gained the ability to see ghosts of the freshly departed, and when the ghost of the slain girl takes up residence in her head, she is forced to come out of hiding long enough to bring the killers to justice.

A light read, but not light reading, if you know what I mean.

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