My name is Marla James, and I’m going to review one of my favorite new authors – Morgan Kelley. I’ve been given the assignment to review her second novel, Sacred Burial Grounds.
I’m going to be honest. This novel at first scared the heck out of me. When I read the prologue and was introduced to the killer (as we are in all of Morgan’s novels), he was sick, twisted and terrifying. He’s hunting down pregnant women to steal the fetus bones for Native American rituals. Right off the bat, we’re told that he’s related to Ethan Blackhawk and (the newly introduced) Callen Whitefox. Unlike his family members, he’s well aware of where he came from and hell-bent on nothing short of vengeance.
Okay, I know how scary that sounds, and it was. After growing a set and putting on my big girl panties , I pushed on into the meat of the book. To my absolute joy, I found that Morgan tempered the gross and scary with a great story of relationships- one between Ethan and his family, and the one between her and the men in her life.
One of the best things about Morgan Kelley is she grabs hold of you in the prologue and keeps your attention for the rest of the book. Who would have thought that a novel that begins with a psychopath killing mothers would end with a story built on family, trust and unity? It went beyond love story and superseded all my expectations.
When you’re reading this book, you’re privy to the knowledge of the relationship between the killer and Ethan and Callen. They aren’t, and that gives you an interesting perspective. It’s like you’re watching from the outside, cheering on your team. As the book unfolds, Morgan takes you for a ride down the trail of discovery, and how they emotionally handle the truth when they find out his identity.
It’s gut wrenching. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. It’s everything you want in a romance, plus the added bonus of a homicidal killer stalking the woman Ethan (and Callen) love.
As soon as I finished this book, I was also enthralled with the twists and turns in the relationship between Callen, Elizabeth and Ethan. They came together forming such an incredible team, building more on the foundation of the series.
The only problem I have with any of Morgan Kelley’s books is that I’ve devoured them so quickly, I’m having to wait now for the next one to come out. UGH! The inhumanity!
If you like a 500+ page book that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you’ll love this one and the rest in the FBI/Romance series. Where else can you get a good read that’s the size of two books for 2.99?