Book Review: Gravedigger

* I was provided with this book, Gravedigger – Prodigal Son, free of charge so I could read it and create this review.  All opinions are my own*

GravediggerGravedigger is the story of a sleepy New Jersey town.  Well, it’s sleepy in the winter months when the tourists are absent and only the locals are around.  But this winter a murderer is on the loose!

Gristly murders and shallow graves are the bread and butter of this serial killer.  The Gravedigger – as he’s dubbed – is hunted by police chief Orkin, but the mob is hunting for him as well.  Throw in a defense attorney who appears to be a link for all the victims and you’ve got a real murder mystery.

The book is quite short and very easy to read.  If I had a day to sit and read it (2 or 3 consecutive hours) I could have polished this little book off quickly.  As it was I read it 2 or 3 times at work – 10 minute intervals – and maybe two 30 minute reading sessions at home.  This was an easy to follow story with a pretty good ending.  I was surprised by the whodunit!

I found almost no editing errors in this book.  Sometimes that’s because I enjoyed the story and wasn’t bogged down by tedious reading which left me actually looking at the words.  There was a weird bit of writing style where the authors tried to convey the speaker being cut off by the next piece of dialogue.  It wasn’t actually obvious that that was what was happening until I read the same style two or three times.  Then the rest made more sense.  I’m not sure how they could have made it more clear, but it was a bit of a distraction.

I liked the length of this book, and I would gladly read another story by Billy and Joseph Pepitone.  The Gravedigger is successful as a mystery/horror story and it leaves you guessing until the end.

~Jess

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