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Book Review – Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) by Darynda Jones

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Here at Once Upon a Book Blog we are HUGE Charley Davidson fans.  We love her with the fire of a thousand suns. And Reyes too. We looooove Reyes. I have actually left Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson #5) for a while, waiting until I knew the sixth one was nearly out. And THANK GOD I did because it’s semi cliffy. 

Grim Reaper and P.I extraordinaire Charley Davidson has a problem. Her neighbour/boyfriend(?)/Son of Satan is the lead suspect in her arson case, so she decides to keep her distance from Reyes Farrow until she figures out the truth. However, her apartment is slowly filling up with terrified, frantic, and confused dead women. When Charley thinks that her sister Gemma might be the next victim in the serial killers sights she enlists Reyes help to keep her safe. Adding to the drama is Garrett Swopes who, after spending some time in hell, is determined to find out answers about Charley, Reyes and the battle ahead. 

So much happened in this book. SO MUCH! If I’m honest, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson #4), wasn’t my favorite book so far and I was getting worried that the series was going downhill. I was starting to get frustrated with Charley and pissy at Reyes, but Fifth Grave Past the Light got the whole story and its characters back on track for me. One of my biggest frustrations was that Charley never seemed all that determined to learn more about who she is, and what she could do. It just got swept under the rug a lot. I couldn’t understand it because I think anyone else would be running around begging answers of people, rather than putting it all in the too hard basket. In this book we definitely start to get a lot more answers about who Charley ultimately is, what her purpose is, and what may be ahead for her. Which I loved. It feels like the author might be setting things up for something epic to occur and I can’t wait.

In Fifth Grave Past the Light I found that there was a slightly more serious undercurrent.  It was there in her relationships with her family, friends and Reyes and also in her work. I think this series really needed it. I didn’t even realise how much, until I was reading certain scenes and thinking how badly that needed to happen. We got to see a softer, more serious side to Charley, which was perfect and absolutely heartbreaking all in one. There was still plenty of that quirky Charley humor though –

“I’d dressed to the nines. Or, at the very least, the eight-and-a-halves.”

And that brings us to Charley and Reyes. These two slay me. If anything happens with them, other than HEA, I don’t think I will ever recover from the heartbreak. They just seem to be a match made in heaven, and they are smoking hot together as well. Reyes finally came through for Charley in this book and I started to believe that he was a lot more invested in this than I thought him to be in earlier books. His actions spoke louder than his words. Finally. And that ending!!! Ohhh!!! I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it but swoooooon! I melted into a puddle and don’t think I’ll solidify again until I start reading Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6).

“You are everything to me. How can I not empathize with you for what you’ve endured?”

I would have to say that Fifth Grave Past the Light was my favorite Charley installment so far. It was perfection from start to finish. I absolutely cannot wait to read more of this series.  Bring on May and October!!

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