17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867, pledged to marry a man she has never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. One truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she trusted.This cover is awesome. It strikes the perfect balance between pretty and creepy as all get out. On top is the girl, perfectly colored, half cast in shadow. Mysterious. Atmospheric. Even if the cover only featured her and the pretty scrolly title font, it would be lovely. But then, BOOM. Cages graves! They're just as atmospheric as the girl and work well with her picture, but boy are they creepy. Scarier still is the fact that they're based off of real caged graves. Wow.
Inspired by a pair of real caged graves in present-day Catawissa, this historical YA novel weaves mystery, romance, and action into a suspenseful drama with human greed and passion at its core.
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