GraveyardLove by Scott Adlerberg is a strange trip inside the mind of a voyeuristic man who falls in love with a redheaded woman who frequently visits the graveyard by the home he shares with his mother. What starts as a curiosity quickly develops into something much darker.
Kurt Morgan has returned to live with his mother and he passes his time helping her write her memoirs and by watching people who visit the graveyard near their home. His interests are piqued when he notices a woman visiting the graveyard frequently. He begins to obsess about finding out who she is and who she is visiting.
After he follows her for a while he learns her name is Catherine Embers, yet much about her remains a mystery. His obsession with finding out about her leads to a fixation with getting to meet her and know her. As you might guess, this leads to another obsession: getting her to fall in love with him and need him as much as he feels he needs her.
Books of this subject matter are often disturbing on many levels and this book is certainly disturbing. Adlerberg does a great job getting inside the head of his protagonist and allowing us to see how he rationalizes his thoughts, actions, and obsessions. At no point does the main character believe himself to be disturbed or in need of help. Instead, he sees his actions as a way to help Catherine deal with the troubles in her life and he believes she will thank him when she learns the lengths he is willing to go to in order to love her and protect her.
This book is hard to summarize without giving away the juicy plot twists that await the reader. In the beginning of the book I found myself comparing it to The Rapist by Les Edgerton, as both books have a simple narrative delivery that allows you entry into the mind of an unbalanced person and allows you to glimpse into the darkness that lies within them.
This book is disturbing in all the right ways. Creepy subject matter, twisted and flawed central characters, and a plot that just keeps sucking you in until you can’t breath, yet you can’t put the book down. A definite page-turner and another winner by Adlerberg who has now written three great novels that all show he has a bright future ahead.
Reviewed by Derrick Horodyski.