In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
After the jaw dropping cliffhanger ending Darynda Jones gave us in Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley Davidson or now known as Janey Doerr is back!
Janey is a amnesic girl working as a waitress at the Firelight Grill in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She does not remember anything before her waking up behind the alley of the Firelight Grill. After four weeks, Janey is now trying to navigate her new life while also trying to figure out who she is. One thing she has discovered is she can see dead people but keeps this to herself. Also, during one of her shifts, Janey feels the emotions of one her daily costumers and suspects that he and his family are in danger. Thankfully, Janey has people around her she can trust like Cookie, another waitress and her best friend who’s married to Bobert. Not to mention, Reyes Farrow, the new cook her boss has hired who Janey happens to be infatuated with since his time as a regular.
Overall, Darynda Jones did an excellent job! The Dirt on Ninth Grave has got to be one of the best installments of the Charley Davidson series! I was falling in love with Charley Davidson all over again while reading The Dirt on Ninth Grave. It as though I was reading book 1, First Grave on the Right, of the series again. However, in this installment, Charley had no idea about who or what she is which was a nice twist. Do not worry, despite being amnesic, Charley still involves herself in mysteries that have caught her attention. It’s great to know that even when she’s amnesic, Charley still has the desire to protect the innocents even when she fails to think of her own safety. Also, it was great to see Charley and Reyes fall in love again especially since this time Charley has no memory of him. I’m sure there are going to be many Charley and Reyes fans who are going to enjoy The Dirt on Ninth Grave.
Now to wait for The Curse of Tenth Grave! Here’s hoping the months go by fast!
*I received The Dirt on Ninth Grave from St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*