Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5)
Published: July 9, 2013 (St. Martin’s Press)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Jo
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may contain spoilers for previous books in the series. If you haven’t started it yet, here’s our review of the first book, First Grave on the Right.
Favorite. Book. Yet. Hands down. Seriously, this series just gets stronger with every installment, and Fifth Grave Past the Light was no exception. In true Charley fashion she has a lot on her plate, stuffing this read to the brim with mystery, action, answers that raise more questions and a whole lot (A WHOLE LOT) more Reyes than we’ve seen before.
As in previous books there are a variety of plot points, with a P.I. case involving a cheating husband, a ghostly mystery, the elusive arsonist from the book before still on the loose, and, of course, the son of Satan has moved in next door. They all weave together to create an unstoppable pace. Charlie’s apartment being invaded by a horde of deeply traumatized murder victims had me jumping out of my skin at times, providing some of the creepiest moments to date. As the various threads came together, the plot barrels towards a shocking climax that is up there with some of the more brutal times in Charley’s life as the Reaper.
Up until this point the relationship between Charley and Reyes has been rife with tension, built around dangerous situations and stolen moments. Here we get to see a new side to their dynamic that borders on domestic (I say borders as we’re still taking about the Grim Reaper and an assassin from Hell). It’s hysterical at times, heartwarming in others, but that in no way diminishes the heat between theses two (prepare for steamy galore). There are still moments of contention between them, obstacles and clashing of wills, but I adored seeing them begin to explore the playful side of each other. I especially loved seeing a lighter hearted Reyes joke around with other beloved characters.
It’s not all happy times though. Garett finally opens up about exactly what happened during his trip to Hell. With Reyes being (slightly) happier, Garrett seems to have assumed a more dark and broody role, going renegade in some jaw dropping ways. With his tale comes a boatload of information that has some serious ramifications. And as I said, while I was thrilled to be getting some answers, I now have a hundred more questions. I loved how the worldbuilding continues to grow through out this series as new characters and abilities are introduced. Even though this is the fifth book in the series, I still feel like we have so much more to learn about this world.
Engrossing worldbuilding, larger than life characters and humor have made the Charley Davidson series one of my absolutely favorites (Reyes may have something to do with that, although Uncle Bob nearly stole my heart in this one!). Mixing that with the sheer amount of romance, mystery and action in this installment made Fifth Grave Past the Light my favorite book so far. I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for Charley and the gang.
Sexual Content: Sex (tons, including a rather… creative (but non-violent) use of kitchen utensils!), references to rape and child abuse