The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell

The Grave Tender
Eliza Maxwell
Lake Union Publishing
April 11, 2017

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.

My Thoughts:

I was actually a bit surprised to find Eliza Maxwell isn’t more well known in the Writing Realm because I think this particular book amazing.  It grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on to it until the very end.  It explores the line between functional/dysfunctional family dynamics, and how small-town rumors can be the demise of a person’s reputation.  Being from a small-town, I can completely relate to how easily this can happen.

Eliza Maxwell’s writing style flows so eloquently and this particular storyline was incredibly believable.  The character development was very well thought out, especially the Main Character, Hadley.

I would certainly classify this book as an amazing read.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great dark, twisted family mystery.

I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

If you click to order through this Amazon link, then I get credit for referring you to this amazing book.

About the Author:

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with a patient man, two impatient children and a bird named Sarah.

There’s also a bird dog. She lives a tortured existence.

A writer, painter, and a British television addict, she loves nothing more than the quiet parts of the world, a good cup of coffee, and sitting on the front porch. You can find her there, if you look closely. Drop her a line at or visit her blog at  




P.S. Here goes my little disclaimer…  Thanks goes to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.

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