Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: August 17, 2014
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Can the living help the dead...and at what cost?
When Alex Fletcher finds a painting of a drowned girl, she’s unnerved. When the girl in the painting opens her eyes, she is terrified. And when the girl appears to her as an apparition and begs her for help, Alex can’t refuse.
But as she digs further into Grace’s past, she is embroiled in supernatural forces she cannot control, and a timeslip back to 1912 brings her face to face with the man who killed Grace and the demonic spirit of his long-dead mother. With such nightmarish forces stacked against her, Alex’s options are few. Somehow she must save Grace, but to do so, she must pay an unimaginable price.
Thoughts on Saving Grace Devine: Catherine Cavendish has given us another delightfully creepy tale of ghosts and evil tangled around the heartache of a murdered girl. I don't know who I felt more for -- Grace for being murdered when she was barely more than a child or Alex for being drawn into something that extracted such a terrible price from her.
Either way, the events both women experience are chilling.
But let's talk about Alex. Frankly, some of the things she went through were horrifying. And that was before she got tossed back in time and forced to live as the wife of a man who had no compunctions about killing a young girl simply because he was jealous. Creeptastic, that was. Also terrifying to think that she could have been locked away at any time for telling the truth if her husband wanted it. *shudder*
And Grace. Poor girl. Trapped and endlessly searching for forgiveness. Not an enjoyable afterlife, if you ask me. Plus, there was that whole drowning thing. She didn't have a good time of it. Not at all.
Wonderfully creepy (seriously, the thought that a man could have his wife committed in that day and age for anything gives me the shivers) and nicely dark, the ending alone was worth the price of admission. No good deed goes unpunished, right? Right!