Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on This beautifully written thriller will grip you from its very first page.
The wonderful thing about studying literature is I get to read heaps of books. Of course, the downside is I have very little time to read anything other than the novels each class requires. By the end of my first semester I was hanging out for a YA read I could pick up purely for enjoyment and The Graces proved the perfect pick. Mysterious and thrilling, I was spellbound by this story from the very first page.
The Grace family are an enigma in their small seaside town. Rumours swirl about their strange gift for the occult and unexplained events everyone swears are connected to the Graces. New arrival River is captivated by their beauty and the secrets which envelope them. She makes it her mission to become part of their group, to become one of them with no idea of the deadly consequences ahead.
Honestly, River was a bland character until she became fully entangled with the Graces. But I loved this. Everyone’s attention, even the reader’s, is focused on this family. We aren’t even told River’s real name before she changes it as she delves deeper into witchcraft. She’s a blank canvas, yearning for the affection and attention of the Graces. As the story developed, so too did my interest in River’s past. Why was her father missing and why was she so eager to wipe the slate clean?
I loved Eve’s writing style; it was just as magical as the plot itself. I was immediately drawn into the story, which built slowly to a thrilling conclusion. I loved the way Eve stacked all the elements together and created such an amazing atmosphere. I could so perfectly picture the foreboding Grace mansion, the woods, the waves crashing against the beach. I am intrigued to see how River’s story develops in the second novel, but I really appreciated that The Graces felt quite complete as a standalone.
I haven’t been so captivated by a book in such a long time. Chilling and mysterious, The Graces was a gorgeous read in a world I can’t wait to enter again.
Sounds like: In the Woods Somewhere || Hozier