Saturday, 13 December 2014

Review: The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory

Publisher: Carina
Format: eBook
Released: October 29th, 2014
Rating: 6/10

Amazon summary:

This is the story of a girl who lived but was not alive… 

Carrie Anne is desperately unhappy. Tangled in a web of abuse, she seeks solace in the cemetery that backs onto her garden. But something creeps between the gravestones. Carrie Anne is not alone… 

…and a boy who was dead, but could not die. 

'The cemetery is home to a boy. He has guarded these forgotten bones since meeting a gruesome end two hundred years ago. Neither dead nor alive, he has been watching for a long time. And now, he finally has the visitor he’s been waiting for…


From seeing The Boy in the Cemetery's brilliant, gothic cover, I was expecting the story to be creepy and unsettling. While it did have it's ghastly moments, overall it was just an average read that I think could have been so much more. I did like the main plot and character of the boy, but I think the author tried to do too much with Carrie Anne's horrible home life.

The boy is the best part of this book, living in the cemetery and housing worms and hundreds of other creepy crawlies inside what's left of his decayed body. I truly think he means well and wants nothing more than a companion, which is why he protects Carrie Anne and doesn't see what he's doing as wrong. I would happily read more about him if the opportunity should ever arise, and I think he's a fantastic character.

Carrie Anne, on the other hand, never quite clicked with me. I felt bad for her of course; her family and home isn't a welcoming, loving place, and she's a victim of abuse. That aspect of her life didn't ring true to me - why didn't her mother do anything about it? Why didn't Carrie Anne herself speak up before now? Why wait? It just seemed too forced to me, and her personality never got under my skin enough for me to get funny invested in her story.

The Boy in the Cemetery is a quick little read, part family drama and part horror. Sadly the drama outweighs the horror, and the potential for a chilling tale falls to the wayside. I'm intrigued enough to seek out the author's previous books; I have high hopes for them and their darker takes on fairy tales - it's just a shame this one didn't live up to expectations.

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