Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three Graves Full, by Jamie Mason

Jason has a secret, in the form of a body buried in his yard.  He knows this secret because he put the body there.  What he does not know is that this is one of three bodies buried on his property.  When the other two bodies are unearthed and identified, Jason panics.  This panic, coupled with the twisted story behind the other two bodies, and the curiosity of a detective, lead to a night full of bad timing, mishaps, and surprising interactions.

When a book starts out with a dead body buried in the yard, you know you are in for a ride.  From the beginning, the reader is privy to the fact that Jason has killed someone, yet I would still classify this book as a mystery.  Why did Jason kill this person?  Who are the other bodies?  Why were they killed?  And what will happen to these killers?  Lots of mysterious questions to be answered.  However, there is a lot of dark humor in this book as well.  The last third of the book is full of some of the darkest slapstick situations I have ever read, and I loved every minute of it.  The ridiculous nature of those pages is what kept me rocketing toward the book's conclusion.

I very much enjoyed Jason as a character, despite the fact that we know he is a killer up front.  After learning the back story behind his actions, I could not help but empathize with him a bit.  There are a lot of other characters that are important to the story, but none so well developed as Jason.  I really enjoyed some of the odder characters, and their interactions with each other.  There was a lot of ambiguity to the characters and the story.

This was a very unique story, and a fantastic first novel.  It has me excited to see where this author will go in the future.  The book will appeal to fans of stories full of mystery and suspense, but also fans of dark humor as well.

I received a review copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

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