The Gravedigger's Song
by Martyn Waites
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Pub Date 30 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 19 Sep 2022
When his song is over, so are you
Under a starless winter night in rural Cornwall, four killers dressed in bizarre folkloric garb brutally invade the home of the wealthy West family. They destroy the posh house and kill the terrified family.
All but one: traumatized seventeen-year-old Simon manages to escape, fleeing through snowy woods. Later, fears that he’s an active target of madmen or criminals lead the police to once more come knocking on Tom Killgannon’s door: Will he watch over Simon until a more secure place is found for the boy?
An ex–undercover cop now living in witness protection, Tom’s turned his back on his violent past. Living in seclusion in his coastal cottage alongside his adoptive daughter, Lila, he also has a romance blossoming with local tavern owner, Pearl Ellacott.
Tom’s reluctant to shelter Simon, but the boy comes to stay, and villains are soon circling the cottage like vultures. When there’s a break-in late one night, Tom must protect his own. The ensuing violence disrupts the household harmony: a rift opens up as Pearl fears a life with Tom will be forever plagued by violence.
Meanwhile, a local by-election in this economically depressed part of the country arouses dangerous nativist sentiments. Simon falls into the clutches of a fanatical political cult that sees a way to brainwash him and use him for their own ends.
To save the boy, Tom must summon from within the violent man he once was, risking the new life he created to face down the most lethal of foes.
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Also available: The Old Religion and The Sinner
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Average rating from 5 members
The Gravedigger's Song did not disappoint!
I really loved this book & can already tell it will be a hit.
Waites clever writing is so unique and very well done.
I had an enjoyable time reading this and it held my attention the entire way through.
Finished this wonderful story within a day! Because I just couldn't stop.
I enjoyed every page and thought that the plot/story was very unique.
I found the book to be engaging, extremely fascinating and an interesting story.
The characters Simon and Tom caught my attention from the start and I was invested.
Overall, I really liked TGS. Martyn Waites pulled me into his phenomenal writing style and held me there till very end.
“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
Thank You for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
I will post my review to my platforms, blog, B&N and Waterstone closer to pub date.
This is another author who never disappoints, and as his books are only available to me online I find I have missed the ones at the beginning of this series. Enough is mentioned to let the reader follow the backstory but it has made me jump online and order the previous books.
Tom and Lila, a girl he took in after he caught her stealing from him (and a lot more but I will have to read the previous book to find out what) are living in a small village in England. Tom is in a relationship with Pearl, the lady who owns the local pub, Tom, an ex undercover cop, is also in in witness protection. When he is asked to look after Simon, a boy who’s entire family had been murdered, he is somewhat reluctant to bring trouble to his door. Lila persuades him as she knows what it is like to need a safe place to be.
When there is a break in at their home, the violence inflicted drives Pearl and Tom apart. Simon left to his own devices ends up in the wrong hands and it is up to Tom once more to help out.
Waites writes unflinching prose and doesn’t shy away from the graphic imagery. His books hold no punches and the better do it.
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