The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission.
Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.
As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice, from their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift so she could profit from the recent craze for seances.
Now a young woman and tragically separated from Alice, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery. When a series of macabre grave robberies begins to plague the city, Tabby is ensnared in a deadly plot by the perpetrators, known only as the “Resurrection Men.”
In the end, Tabby’s gift will either save both her and the cemetery—or bring about her own destruction.
The Orphan of Cemetery Hill has elements of a gothic supernatural mystery, a little romance with some drama to it. Can there be anything creepier than a cemetery, a young woman who can speak to the dead and bodies that go missing? And just in time for a spooky Halloween read.
Our main character Tabby ends up in a cemetery after fleeing from her aunt and uncle, and her sister disappears. Twelve years later, in 1844, Tabby and her adopted father, Eli, take care of the cemetery. She has kept her special gift a secret, and now things turn sinister, and she finds herself wanting to protect the young man she met in the cemetery along with the dead.
Tabby is a unique, likable character, and I found myself rooting for her right from the start. There is enough suspense here to create an entertaining story set in the cemetery, and I loved the creepy vibe I got from that. I struggled a bit with the pacing and at times, lost focus with the story and wanted a little more depth with one character.
The story wrapped up well for me, and while it did give me a creepy feeling, it’s not one I needed to read with the lights on.
Hester Fox is a full-time writer and mother, with a background in museum work and historical archaeology. Most weekends you can find Hester exploring one of the many historic cemeteries in the area, browsing bookshops, or enjoying a seasonal latte while writing at a café. She lives outside of Boston with her husband and their son.
Author Website: http://hesterfox.com/
I received a copy from HarperCollins Canada