THE GRAVE TENDER
By Eliza Maxwell
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: April 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 248
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A chilling psychological suspense novel, The Grave Tender explores the dark boundaries people cross to save loved ones, and the limits of family bonds tested by the deepest of betrayals.
Endless questions from a shadow-filled East Texas childhood haunt Hadley Dixon. People said her mother, Winnie, was never quite right, but with one single, irreparable act, life as Hadley knew it was shattered. The aftershocks of that moonlit night left her reeling, but the secrets and lies had started long before
When a widowed and pregnant Hadley returns years later, it’s not the safe harbor she expects. The mysteries surrounding a local boy’s disappearance remain, and the townspeople still whisper about Hadley’s strange and reclusive Uncle Eli—whispers about a monster in their midst.
But Hadley’s father and grandmother, the cornerstones of everything safe in her world, avoid her questions. If Hadley stays here, will she be giving her children the family they need or putting their lives in danger?
The hunt for answers takes a determined Hadley deep into the pine forests, in search of sunlight that will break through the canopy of lies long enough to reveal the truth.
“The Grave Tender will grasp you in its hooks from the beginning as you try to figure out the truth behind each character, because no one is truly what they seem … Addicting, easy to read, and hard to put down.” – Shelbi LeMeilleur, Insite Magazine
Please welcome author Eliza Maxwell to StoreyBook Reviews! We wanted to get a feel for Eliza and her writing and so we hope this interview with her answers all those burning questions!
Where did your love of writing come from?
I’m a mom, and honestly, if I could get anyone to listen to me at home, I probably wouldn’t feel the need to write stories to send out into the world. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but sometimes I do feel a bit like I’d imagine the zookeeper at the monkey house feels.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The Grave Tender was my first book, and the toughest part was learning a system that worked for me through good old fashioned trial and error. There are as many different ways to write a book as there are voices to write them, and the advice of others can only take a person so far. I took the long, hard road with The Grave Tender, but I hope I learned a few things along the way, about myself and about how to build a book.
What literary character is most like you?
I’ve always had a fondness for Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple. I think I’d be perfectly content in an English village, gardening, gossiping, and solving the occasional murder. English villages do seem to have more than their fair share of dead bodies around, at least in fiction, don’t they? Yes, when I grow up, I definitely want to be Miss Jane Marple.
What does your perfect writing spot look like? Is that what your ACTUAL writing spot looks like?
When the weather is willing, I prefer to write outdoors. My amazing husband has helped me turn our deck into a bit of an oasis, and that’s my favorite place to write, hands down. Occasionally though, when I need to leave the distractions at home, I like to sit at a bench in the local cemetery with a pen and notebook. A bit odd, maybe, but it’s peaceful and it feels connected to the kinds of stories I write.
If you could time travel, what time period would you first visit?
Funny, when I think of time travel, the first thing I’d love to do would be to go back and meet my family when they were young. I’m fascinated by the idea that our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, each led unique lives long before we ever came on the scene and how those lives influence the generations that came after.
If you could speak with any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose and why?
British. No hesitation. I’d love to be able to get away with saying things like, “Cheeky bugger,” and “Bloody hell”. In fact, I might go around saying nothing but that. All day. Every day. Perhaps with the occasional, “Murder is never simple, Inspector,” thrown in for good measure.
What is your favorite quote?
“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” –Glinda the Good Witch
Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever patient husband, two impatient kids, a budgie named Sarah, and a bird dog who lives a tortured existence. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. A former bookseller with a lifelong love of the written word, she can often be found barefoot on the front porch lost in a good cup of coffee and a great book.
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