5 reasons you need to pick up Jennifer Donnelly’s ‘These Shallow Graves’, like, now

A wealthy family. A deadly secret. A young woman with more to lose than she knows.

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Sounds intriguing, right? We kinda think everything about ‘These Shallow Graves’ is excellent, but here are a few big ones:

1. The setting. 1890s New York City. Glamour, darkness and a gritty underworld. That basically ticks all of our boxes. I mean, NYC alone would have been enough tbh. We’re kind of obsessed.

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2. MURDER. We probs shouldn’t be as excited about murder as we are, but oh well! Accidents just aren’t as good; there’s no motive, nefarious suspects or DANGER. But ‘These Shallow Graves’ has all of these in spades.

3. Victorian skyline. We love the skyline in the background all covered in mist. Did we mention we love New York? ‘Cos we love New York.

4. Romance. It’s possible that we’re suckers for romance (lies, it’s definitely true) and ‘These Shallow Graves’ promises a burgeoning romance between Jo and young reporter Eddie as they investigate her father’s murder.


5. The cover. We 100% judge a book by its cover (whoops) and this cover is rather gorgeous. The colours and the silhouette and the FONT *swoons*.

Have we convinced you? Buy the book right here!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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