The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9) by Darynda Jones

The Dirt on Ninth Grave - Darynda Jones




In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


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After the shocking and heartbreaking cliffhanger we got from the 8th book I couldn’t wait to get my fingers on this book and it seemed like a long wait. When I got the ARC I was beyond stocked and got to it as fast as I could.

And I was not disappointed but this was a rather difficult book to review without spoiling anything, so I will make it short(ish ).

I was wondering how it all would work out with Charley not having her memory and all but it worked out great and was very well written.

The book starts off shortly where the last book ended. Charley now works in a Diner in Sleepy Hollow, New York but of course she doesn’t know who she is. She now goes by Janey.

It is clear early on that most of her friends have followed her but don’t let on that they know her. For her they are “new” people and friends she just met. Not everyone she knows NOW is in her circle though. Some are just around and watching her one way or an others. I don’t want to give away to much but it was really interesting how it all came together and worked out. Some were surprises and others were pretty obvious.

Also was interesting to see Charley or well Janey in this book. While she has no memory of who or what she is she is still the same Charley we all know and love. She does and behaves just like she has before, just that she is dealing with her memory loss and trying to find out who she is and who and if someone is missing her.

She figures out pretty early on that she can see dead people and is trying to deal with that and what it means. She also not sure who she can trust or who she should trust with her secret.   

This book is like most of the books, Charley working on multiple things at once, a ghost a case involving a missing person and or family, plus she is dealing with her own issues plus some Reyes .

While this book is the typical Charley Davidson book and has snark, humor, it is far darker and much sadder than the previous books. It was often heartbreaking to see Cookie, Bob or Reyes struggle as they can’t tell her who she is yet. The same goes for Charley though as she struggles to find out who or what she is and if she is even good.

The end had me screaming, we get answers we waited for so long but that doesn’t mean we will love them, it also is a huge cliffhanger ending… so beware!

Overall, great great book and I can’t wait to read the next. Just to bad it is going to be a while.


I rate it at 5 ★


Some of my favorite quotes:


“She clearly one of those needy psycho chicks who boiled rabbits on the stoves of her enemies. Oh, well. I’d enjoy her friendship while it lasted. But I mentally crossed bunnies of my shopping list.”


“Have you thought about therapy?”  “Yes, I have. And as soon as I sell that kidney I listed in eBay, I’ll be able to afford it “


Signs you drink too much coffee: Your eyes stay open when you sneeze – internet meme


I don’t understand your specific kind of crazy. But I do admire your commitment to it.  – T-shirt



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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!





Will be available January 12th 2016

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