Review: The Trouble With Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

Reviewed by Jen

I am still positively reeling from the end of this book. Holy cow, folks, I tore through this book like the pages were on fire. Though I always generally enjoy this series, a few of the installments have been less thrilling for me than others (we won’t talk about that amnesia book.) But I think this is one of my absolute favorites in the series so far. Why? Because it was unpredictable. Because it moved the series arc. And because it was All About Reyes.

If you’re not up to date on the series, read no further, because spoilers from previous books are ahead.

We pick up on the heels of Reyes volunteering to go into the god glass and coming back… different. I won’t begin to try to spell all the versions of his name, so for simplicity, I will refer to him as regular Reyes, Son-Of-Satan Reyes, and God-Reyes. So he went into the glass as regular Reyes and came out as God-Reyes. Now, we’ve heard a lot about Son-Of-Satan Reyes and how/why he was sent to earth, but God-Reyes, well, all we knew is that he was God (the main one’s) brother and his energy/life-force was used to create Son-Of-Satan Reyes. When he emerges from the hell dimension, he no longer has the memories of regular-Reyes and only about half of his godly ones. He knows Charley as her celestial self, but thinks her the enemy.

Sort of. There is a connection between them and no matter what version of himself he is, neither he nor Charley can ignore it. He has the power to destroy the world, but Charley can’t give up on her husband. Because he’s gotta be in there somewhere, right?

The angels and God want him taken down before he can do any real damage, so Charley is working against the clock to rein him in. Oh, and he’s searching for something but he doesn’t know what and he thinks Charley is hiding it from him. It all sounds confusing, I’m sure, but it actually isn’t. Not if you’ve read all the books.

In the meantime, Charley is solving cases and grim reapering. As always, it’s funny, and smart, and full of sass. A great ride.

I won’t give any more away, but I will say, I love Reyes and Charley more than ever. And while Darynda Jones has made it her thing to end these books with a shocker, I’ve got to tell you, she did a doozy this time. It made total sense, but I never saw it coming. And I am seriously blown away. I want more. I need the next book now. NOW.

Rating: A

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Trouble With Twelfth Grave
by Darynda Jones
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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