Thursday 26 January 2012

Beyond The Grave by Mara Purnhagen

Published by Harlequin
Pages - 253

' I never should have sent my boyfriend to the electric chair. Watching Noah from the monitor in the next room, I felt awful for him. Frayed leather straps restrained his arms. Shackles held his legs in place and, even though his eyes were squeezed shut, I knew he was anxious and uncomfortable. 

Being Charlotte Silver, the daughter of famous paranormal investigators, means my life isn’t like that of other teenage girls. Especially after what happened to my parents. Things changed. I missed prom and deferred my big college plans. But I still have my boyfriend, Noah. He’s everything I could want—if I can figure out what’s up with him. Suddenly Noah is secretive. 

I fear it has something to do with what happened to us three months ago. The bruise Noah suffered during a paranormal attack has never completely faded. Now I’ve learnt Noah is researching demons. And when he disappears, it’s up to me to find him—before something else does.
A you can read from the paragraph above, the book explodes in the first page. I began reading and I was panicking about the situation Charlotte had found herself in. Seriously, an electric chair! 

The story is told in first person, so you get to experience everything just as Charlotte does, which really works for this series. There is a quite a twist at the end, which really pulls the rug from under you. I will be honest and say it was a bit slow going to begin with, but it is definitely worth carrying on, as the plot thickens and throws out some unexpected  fireworks. 

It was lovely to see this book finish with a happier ending than the previous one which had a shocking and violent ending. I have really enjoyed this series but I was left unsure as to whether this book was the last one or not. 

I can't say too much about this book as I don't want to give away spoilers, so I will try and be really careful.

Noah, Charlotte's boyfriend is very strange in this book. I was really worried how his character was going to develop. He really had a lot going on in his head and I  was concerned that Charlotte might be in danger, throughout the book. 

The development of the friendship with Bliss was a bit of a turn up for the books. Extremely unexpected, after the claws being out between them  in the previous book.  Michael was a gorgeous addition to the list of characters - definitely one you could get to know better. 

A good plot with surprises along the way. 


  1. I am so not paying attention today, I read a part of the blurb and thought that was your review and thought what? ;)

  2. Hmm, not to sure about this one but I enjoyed your review.

  3. oh, Im interested but this is the second in the series right? I may have to dig out the first from somewhere and give it a go as it sounds like my kinda thing!!


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