Book Review: The Ravenous Dead

THE RAVENOUS DEAD | Darcy Coates
(Gravekeeper #2)
03.15.2022 | Poisoned Pen Press
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Keira has been hired on as Blighty Graveyard’s new groundskeeper where she lives surrounded by the dead. They watch her through the fog. They wordlessly cry out. They’ve been desperately waiting for help moving on – and only Keira can hear them. But not every restless spirit wants to be saved. There’s a new spirit in the graveyard and they’re seeking vengeance. Can Keira figure out how to put a stop to their reign of terror?

I’ve come to really enjoy Darcy Coates’ cozy horror writing style. Her books aren’t filled with gore. They maintain a level of tension and unease, while also giving the reader lighter moments through the cast of secondary characters. It’s these characters along with our main character, Keira, that keeps me invested in where the Gravekeeper series is headed. 

The second installment of the series picks up not long after the events of the first book, so I think it’s most beneficial to the reader to go in order with these books. Coates maintains the same level of mystery surrounding Keira and her background, but sprinkles some great hints at the truth throughout the story. This side plot blends well and lends itself to the progression of the main storyline in THE RAVENOUS DEAD. There is more history of the town, exploration of Keira’s abilities, and depth into what makes the ghosts tick in this second book. The first installment, THE WHISPERING DEAD, remains my favorite, as I thought it was easier to connect with that book. I’m excited to see what mysteries book three has in store!


This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to Poisoned Pen Press for my gifted copy!

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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