Sometimes at night, she can hear the dead calling.
Julie Hall’s job is to find bodies. For the sake of her sanity, she’s taking a much-needed break—but the dead don’t wait. With bodies piling up alongside her guilt, she knows she has to dive back in, despite pushback from her FBI boyfriend, Garrett Pierce. But Garrett is working a troubling case of his own and no longer seems like the man she fell in love with.
Despite his warnings—or maybe because of them—when Garrett goes missing, Julie has no choice but to use her skills to find where the cartel buries their victims…before he becomes part of the body count.
At the core of A Grave Peril is a decent mystery, but it wasn't quite what I expected. The focus of the story is more about Julie and Garrett's relationship than her abilities or Garrett's disappearance. We do get a bit of Julie's gift, and I really enjoyed those parts, that touch of the supernatural, and Julie seems to really be in her element during those times. That said, her incessant whining about everything was a huge turn off for me. Her worry over Garrett's lack of communication was one thing, but the rest only served to make her annoying and unlikable. She does have a fierce determination once she sets her mind to figuring out what's going with Garrett, but she has such a negative attitude that it's almost like she's two separate people. On the mystery side of things, the bad guys are a little too easy to suss out, but it was still interesting enough to keep my attention. There is a twist at the end with one character that I didn't see coming, but it also felt unnecessary. It just felt like extra baggage on an already unlikable character. As far as characters go, I did like Tracey. For a secondary character, she stands out with wit and an infectious enthusiasm. I also found myself liking and rooting for Garrett. He makes some bad decisions, but for the right reasons, and that is something most people can relate to. In the end, there were things I liked and things I didn't, leaving me somewhere in the fair to midland range with this one.
❃❃Reader copy provided by NetGalley and Carina Press