Local author Kali joins teen horror subgenre authors like Gretchen McNeal, Kendare Blake, and Dan Wells with this strong debut. 17-year-old Breezy discovers a world of monsters when she awakens in her grave a year after her murder, with no clear memories of her own death, but the power to sense darkness in others – specifically those who have killed with intent – and mete out a vigilante justice of her own. Breezy has no interest in existing as a monster; she longs for a return to her time with her parents, sisters, and best girlfriend. Her search for information and assistance takes her down many a dark byway, as she encounters more monsters among both the human and non-human populace. Breezy’s struggle to define the terms of her unlife makes for a rewarding read, and there are some truly scary monsters to boot.
A gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters--human and otherwise--lurk at the fringes.Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can't explain the necklace of bruises around her neck. She also can't explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch; why her heartbeat comes and goes; or how she doesn't need to eat or drink.Haunted by the happy memories from her life and disgusted by the half-dead creature she's become, Breezy leaves to find answers, slowly piecing together the unfathomable world to which she now belongs. Unable to live with what she's become or to find a way to kill what is already dead, she seeks out a dangerous healing magic--but the cure is as dark and terrible as the disease.Set in a gorgeous, terrifying world, Shallow Graves is a stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl's life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the creature she's become.