The Grave Artist is a novel that, when it started, began in a way that moved kind of slow, but rapidly picked up the pace. It is somewhat artistically technical in some spots, but it comes together flawlessly and forms a moving, exciting story that will attract readers everywhere. The characters are strong and dynamic and easy to care for. This novel is not one that I would normally be attracted to, but I am very glad I did read it. The story itself is moving and touching, and still terrifying in its concept. I definitely enjoyed this novel, and so will other readers.
Clare Davis has a problem. Her family life is in shambles, and as a new student at a new school, she knows she doesn’t fit in. As an artist in the making, she can usually be found sketching something. When her sketches begin resembling skulls with wings and such, she starts to freak out. This isn’t a onetime occurrence. It happens all the time, day and night. She calls her sketches Sammy’s. What’s weird is that this is happening for no apparent reason. During a class one evening, she discovers these skulls have a name: a death’s head. When she finds a death’s head on a tombstone and sees the name Samantha Forsythe, Clare knows something is up. Samantha is trying to contact her to solve the mystery of her own death, 200 years prior. Can Clare help Samantha to finally rest? Or will Clare eventually be claimed in death by the spirit of a girl who died two hundred years prior? Join Clare on her journey and find out.
16-year-old Clare can't stop drawing the bizarre, winged skulls she calls "Sammies". Her psychiatrist assumes the compulsive drawings are just expressions of Clare's grief over her father abandoning her. But then Clare discovers that her Sammies are exact matches for the Death's Head on the grave of Samantha Forsythe, a teen who reportedly fell to her death over two centuries ago.
Before long, Clare's drawings morph into cryptic writings that urge her to uncover the truth behind Samantha's death. Together with Neil -- the friend she might be falling for -- Clare scours the local history for clues. She finds that, although Samantha was engaged to a wealthy landowner, there were whispered rumors of her involvement with a younger, biracial man.
Soon, Clare is haunted by disturbing dream images -- a mysterious eye, a broken chain -- that point to someone Samantha called her "Dearest". But who is Dearest? And why does Samantha need Clare to find him so badly?
Isolated and carrying hidden scars of her own, Clare fears her obsession with Samantha will threaten her sanity and safety. But it seems she has no choice in the matter . . .
The Grave Artist is a compelling paranormal murder mystery and a poignant story about loss and what it means thrive in a less-than-perfect reality. 154 pages