Review : The Dirth on Ninth Grave, Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (Charley Davidson #9)

January 12th, 2016 (US)
St Martin’s Press


In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

My review

I loved this ninth book which changes compared to the previous ones in the main story. We left Charley heartbroken after the events in the end of Eighth Grave After Dark. It was so unbearable for her that she unconsciously moved herself elsewhere and she lost her memory. She found a job in a café and she called herself Jane.

Therefore, we follow Jane’s story, a young woman who doesn’t know who she is nor why she sees dead people. It is interesting to have this side of the story, as we only have few details about Charley when she was a child discovering her powers.

Jane has new friends in this café, a very friendly colleague who sometimes strangely called her with a different name, and several handsome guys who seem to keep an eye on her. We know who they are and it is adorable the way how they want to protect her and how long they wait for the moment she’ll recover her memory. Jane is especially attracted to Reyes, intense and taciturn, but she doesn’t know if he feels the same way about her. It is a shame we don’t have Reyes’ point of view for this book, I was very sad for him because he sees his wife so close but she’s unreachable.

However, a character doesn’t change a lot. Consequently, Jane has a heart of gold, she wants to help everybody, even if she once tried to not interfere in other’s problems. But it didn’t work and she attracts danger unintentionally.

Darynda Jones didn’t put too much jokes, because Charley is not totally Charley in this book, but the emotions are present, and there is a scene again that broke my heart. I’ve not been annoyed by this troubled and innocent heroin who doesn’t understand what’s happening to her, but has the chance to be surrounded by people who care for her and who can be totally trusted.

I wish I had a little more development in a scene in the end, but I really appreciated this book and I’m waiting for the tenth one which will release in June 2016.

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