I was excited to get my hands – and eyes – on Carolyn Arnold's newest book and newest series when it was first published. However, due to a writer’s – or rather a book blogger’s block (I didn’t know that was a thing till I experienced it!) I’m over a year late in posting my review.
was unable to post reviews for over 6 months, due to what I’m calling bookblogger’s block. I had received an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) of The
Little Grave but only managed to sit down and write the review a year-and-a-half
without further ado, I’d like you to meet Carolyn Arnold's The Little Grave,
the first book in The Amanda Steele Series.
Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face
instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she
can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she
remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and
how she was lowered into that little grave…
been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path
of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may
have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda
cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel
room, she can’t keep away from the case.
her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal
connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth.
But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the
more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a
silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young
exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever
imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.
as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it
is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some
terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she
couldn’t save her own daughter…
A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.
Book Review of The Little Grave
The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold is the first book in a new mystery thriller series published by Bookouture. And it's amazing!
If there was ever a thrilling opening worth remembering, it’s Arnold’s opening lines for The Little Grave. The story opens with:
and a half year ago, January
Her past didn’t sit and stay like an obedient dog. It was more a wolf that stalked her every move, breathed down her neck, and inched closer with every passing second.”
The Little Grave is a multi-layered thriller. Amanda
Steele is an FBI agent who investigates murders. But her life has been a mess
for the past five-and-a-half years after she lost her daughter in a tragic
Then a call
arrives for a murdered victim. An lo! And behold! It’s the man who had been
drunk behind a wheel and claimed her family’s lives!
shouldn’t be investigating this crime. It’s too personal. And because it’s too
personal, Amanda joins the investigation for as long as she can.
didn’t see Palmer as human–he was the monster, the boogieman who had taken her
While it’s a
good riddance that Chad Palmer, the man who had killed her daughter, was dead.
The investigation leads to a ton of questions and many suspects, some even hitting
closer to home.
most mysteries, we don’t see a lot of character development in The Little
Grave. But we do get to see Amanda from all sides, not just her police-side.
We see the darker side, where Amanda isn’t the law-abiding citizen she should
of anger twisted through her, squeezing, gripping, like vines to brick, working
to pry the stone loose and destroy the structure.”
There many things I enjoy about Carolyn Arnold’s mystery thrillers:
- They read like a CSI TV show
but they go deeper into the characters’ lives and motivations
The characters are deep,
flawed, and realistic
Carolyn’s word choice and
imagery is vivid
The author plays on the reader’s
senses and emotions
And The Little Grave ticks each of
head pounded like a tiny man with no sense of rhythm was playing steel drums in
Another reason why The Little Grave
is such a beautiful but painful story is that hits really close to home for the
main character Amanda Steele.
Overall rating for The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold: 5 stars.
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