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.
The Dirt on Ninth Grave follows on from the tragic events that kind of messed with not only readers' minds but that of the heroine as well! Charlie has lost her memory and now we catch up with her working in a diner and calling herself Janey. Janey quickly realises she is not quite like other folks (I mean seeing dead people is kind of a big clue!), but nevertheless she has managed to make really good friends and then, of course, there's the rather tasty guy who literally has Janey panting. So what if there's another guy kind of creeping her out? Does it really matter if not everyone is totally honest with Janey? What she can't ignore though, is strangers hurting a family close by. Oh, and did I mention the tasty guy takes a job at the diner? Yes, Janey’s life is very complicated indeed!
So my thoughts are a bit jumbled if honest. I didn't like the way Janey drooled constantly over Reyes as it seemed very juvenile. It is a fun read, so Janey being a little bit kooky is fine and setting this story in Sleepy Hollow with all its history clearly adds to the mystery. Such a crazy cast of characters who will be very familiar to regular followers of this series.
Essentially the heroine is true to herself, although perhaps slightly diluted. I'm not sure those around her don't add to her confusion though as keeping her in the dark left her stumbling about, but as usual if there's trouble Charley/Janey rises to the challenge! I'm just left slightly unsatisfied as I really wanted "THAT" character from Eighth Grave After Dark to appear.
Bottom line is another well written book which entertains and frequently surprises.