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The Unremembered Girl – My Review



  Genre: Psychological Suspense / Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: November 1, 2017
Number of Pages: 332
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In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It’s all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather—a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric—from ruin. But they have no idea they’ve become the obsession of the girl in the woods.
Abandoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family—something she’s known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can’t resist the temptation to get close. Where Henry’s mother sees a poor girl in need, his father sees only wickedness. When Henry forges an unexpected bond with Eve, he believes he might be able to save her. He doesn’t know how wrong he is.
Eve is about to take charge of her own destiny—and that of Henry’s family. As both their worlds spin violently out of control, Henry must make an impossible choice: protect the broken young woman who’s claimed a piece of his soul, or put everyone he loves at risk in order to do the right thing.


Praise for The Grave Tender Eliza Maxwell’s Previous Book:

“An emotional powerhouse of a story that will leave readers reeling from the beginning to the end.” —Christena Stephens, Forgotten Winds

“Beautiful and intoxicating.” —Chelsea Humphrey, The Suspense is Thrilling Me

“Haunting. Lyrical. Beautiful. Dark. At times, sickening.” —Julia Byers, Books in the Garden

“This is dark psychological suspense that skillfully inspires a slow-dawning dread. . .It will shred you.” — Michelle Newby, Lone Star Literary Life

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The Unremembered Girl – My Review

“A love like that, Henry, where you’re so close that one breathes out and the other breathes in the same breath . . . It’s a powerful thing. Maybe the most powerful thing.”

Author Eliza Maxwell does it again with her recent novel “The Unremembered Girl” – leaving readers emotionally charged and breathless. She brings to life a story around two main characters of Henry and Eve. Henry saves Eve and the results of him saving her life take turns that only Eliza can craft. From the very first chapter the author had me wondering and guessing who was it that Henry killed, only to find out towards the end of the story the real reason why he was about to dispose of a body.
There are many principal themes in this novel that took me on an emotional journey. Eliza’s writing is flawless in her story telling. One underlying story evolves around one of the main character’s having ovarian cancer and choosing to not treat it. Then there is the element of human trafficking, which intertwines the characters through the girl that becomes Eve.
Overall, the premise of what’s doing right often leads the characters onto other more gut wrenching decisions and major life altering changes. Thankfully, as some of the characters survive you can reflect why Eliza chose the title because there can be life after what these characters go through.
Maxwell crafted the story with a lot of mind blowing moments that kept me intrigued in the story to where it would it lead next. Like when finding out that Henry’s stepbrother had been involved with human trafficking or who actually fathered Eve’s baby or how that body came to be that Henry was disposing of.
It’s a story that envelops the characters to help a girl. By them helping Eve their lives change in terrible ways and one miraculous way. Often the story is deeply poignant and more often its highly gut-wrenching. Thanks Eliza for another story I’ll never forget.

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever patient husband and two kids. She’s an artist and writer, an introvert and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers. You can find her at theelizamaxwell@gmail.com
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The Grave Tender – A Review

BNR 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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Cover lo res Grave TenderA 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


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The Grave Tender – A Review

What an emotional powerhouse of a story! Even after my reading is finished of this book, it will be a long time before I ever forget it.

Eliza Maxwell crafted a story that cannot be long forgotten. The Grave Tender is a book that must be read. Even delving into a partial glimpse of this story would give readers way too much information on how the story leads the main character Hadley Dixon down dark paths. Discovering who the real monster is in her family is downright scandalous and breathtaking.

Yes – it’s my shortest review of any book I’ve read, but what else can I say about The Grave Tender? It’s an emotional powerhouse of a story that will leave readers reeling from the beginning to the end. Maxwell wrote a book that calls for readers to read it – not read reviews about the book.


author pic maxwellEliza 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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