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A thrilling new crime novel from the bestselling author of You Betrayed Me, perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johansen! Return to the dark side of Savanna, Georgia where a crime writer and her detective husband are working a cold case, and hot on the trail of a killer who’s work isn’t done. The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especia A thrilling new crime novel from the bestselling author of You Betrayed Me, perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johansen! Return to the dark side of Savanna, Georgia where a crime writer and her detective husband are working a cold case, and hot on the trail of a killer who’s work isn’t done. The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar. Three graves. But only two skeletons… For Nikki, the discovery is a gift, the perfect subject for her next crime book—though Reed has made her promise not to keep involving herself in dangerous police business. But despite the increasing tension between them, Nikki can’t stay away from this story. Rumors are widespread that the burial site is the resting place of the Duval sisters—three young girls who went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, twenty years ago, and never returned. Forensics confirms that the remains belong to Holly and Poppy Duval. But where is the youngest sister, Rose? Owen Duval was, and remains, the prime suspect, alibi or no. But as Nikki and Reed delve deep into the mystery, fractures in the case begin to show. There is more to the sisters’ disappearance than anyone ever guessed. Far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. And there will be no rest, and no relenting, until the killer has buried the twisted truth along with his victims…


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A thrilling new crime novel from the bestselling author of You Betrayed Me, perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johansen! Return to the dark side of Savanna, Georgia where a crime writer and her detective husband are working a cold case, and hot on the trail of a killer who’s work isn’t done. The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especia A thrilling new crime novel from the bestselling author of You Betrayed Me, perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johansen! Return to the dark side of Savanna, Georgia where a crime writer and her detective husband are working a cold case, and hot on the trail of a killer who’s work isn’t done. The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar. Three graves. But only two skeletons… For Nikki, the discovery is a gift, the perfect subject for her next crime book—though Reed has made her promise not to keep involving herself in dangerous police business. But despite the increasing tension between them, Nikki can’t stay away from this story. Rumors are widespread that the burial site is the resting place of the Duval sisters—three young girls who went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, twenty years ago, and never returned. Forensics confirms that the remains belong to Holly and Poppy Duval. But where is the youngest sister, Rose? Owen Duval was, and remains, the prime suspect, alibi or no. But as Nikki and Reed delve deep into the mystery, fractures in the case begin to show. There is more to the sisters’ disappearance than anyone ever guessed. Far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. And there will be no rest, and no relenting, until the killer has buried the twisted truth along with his victims…

30 review for The Third Grave

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    3.5 stars In the aftermath of a hurricane, Bronco Cravens enters the old, dilapidated and empty Beaumont house to try to find a secret stash his grandad, who has worked at the estate, said was hidden years ago. He finds the hidey hole but instead of treasure he hopes to find instead there are two bodies with space for a third. Thus opens a twenty year cold case for Detective Pierce Reed. The setting is good in and around the left to rot mansion and this creates a good atmosphere as does the post 3.5 stars In the aftermath of a hurricane, Bronco Cravens enters the old, dilapidated and empty Beaumont house to try to find a secret stash his grandad, who has worked at the estate, said was hidden years ago. He finds the hidey hole but instead of treasure he hopes to find instead there are two bodies with space for a third. Thus opens a twenty year cold case for Detective Pierce Reed. The setting is good in and around the left to rot mansion and this creates a good atmosphere as does the post hurricane scene. I really enjoy the cold case that unfolds which is very intriguing with a lot of emotional elements to it including sadness, despair, unhappiness and regrets. There are some very creepy characters, the mystery deepens with lies, withheld evidence and some odd balls muddying the field. The pace is fast and there are plenty of twists though it’s not particularly suspenseful. So far so good. My biggest reservation of the book lies in and around Pierce Reed’s wife, journalist Nikki Gillette. She is so selfish, bull headed and so annoying. Her persistence in invading her detective husband’s space costs them dear personally as well as for the police force and you’d think that would make her stop, but no. I can’t say I like the perpetrator’s voice which intersperses the narrative, it feels contrived and inauthentic. Despite the above I enjoy the book until the final hurdle. The ending seems melodramatic and instead of feeling the excitement it’s seems too neat and predictable. Overall, it is a good read, I like the premise and despite the irritation of Nikki as a character it’s a compelling novel. With thanks to NetGalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    The old Beaumont mansion was a shell of the beauty it had been many years prior and after a wild hurricane, small time crim, Bruno Cravens, made his way inside, determined to find the cache of jewellery his grandfather had spoken of before he died. But Bruno wasn’t prepared for what he found instead – three graves, two filled with skeletons and one empty. After his panicked anonymous call to 911, the site was soon crawling with police. Detective Pierce Reed and his partner, along with forensics The old Beaumont mansion was a shell of the beauty it had been many years prior and after a wild hurricane, small time crim, Bruno Cravens, made his way inside, determined to find the cache of jewellery his grandfather had spoken of before he died. But Bruno wasn’t prepared for what he found instead – three graves, two filled with skeletons and one empty. After his panicked anonymous call to 911, the site was soon crawling with police. Detective Pierce Reed and his partner, along with forensics and the like, did what they did best. But without their knowledge, Nikki Reed, wife of the detective, a local reporter and true crime writer, was also on site. Nikki wanted to know if the recovery was the Duval sisters… The two elder sisters had been identified from DNA but of the youngest, five years old twenty years ago, there was no sign. The mystery deepened, the case reopened and those who were investigated and interviewed, went through it all again. But Nikki was frustrated when Reed shut her out of the case, so was determined to do it alone. The killer had thought he was safe – now he could be in trouble. Or would it be Nikki who was in trouble? The Third Grave is the 4th in the Savannah series by Lisa Jackson and although I haven’t read the first three, this one can standalone successfully. I found it to have a slow beginning, but once the action ramped up, I jumped right in with the characters. I found Nikki to be a little annoying, putting herself in danger constantly, not caring about much else. I have read a few others by Lisa Jackson and enjoyed them, and easily recommend this one. With thanks to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton UK for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    The Third Grave is book #4 in the Savannah series by Lisa Jackson which can be perfectly read as a stand-alone. Detective Reed with his partner Detective Sylvie is called to an old dilapidated Beaumont mansion after an anonymous phone call alerts them to the discovery of dead bodies in a crypt of the basement in the house. The rotting corpses are identified as the Duval girls who have been missing for the past 20 years. However, 3 girls had gone missing but only two are found so what happened to The Third Grave is book #4 in the Savannah series by Lisa Jackson which can be perfectly read as a stand-alone. Detective Reed with his partner Detective Sylvie is called to an old dilapidated Beaumont mansion after an anonymous phone call alerts them to the discovery of dead bodies in a crypt of the basement in the house. The rotting corpses are identified as the Duval girls who have been missing for the past 20 years. However, 3 girls had gone missing but only two are found so what happened to the 5-year-old Rose Duvall, the youngest of the three sisters. It is a question that fires up reporter Nikki Gillette to countermand her husband Reed’s order to stay away from the case. The mystery is excellently plotted and keeps the reader engaged. A case that has gone cold and been lying dormant is suddenly revived but Reed and Nikki are battling personal losses along with the inquiries that someone is hell-bent on keeping quiet. As the body count increases, their jobs take a very dangerous turn. It was interesting to see the twists and turns in the book as past lies tumble out of the closet but the storyline is quite predictable which kind of spoiled the fun for me. There is also Nikki’s character that I absolutely disliked, not sure if it was because I was going in without any background info, probably covered in the previous books of the series, but to have someone recklessly and carelessly endangering herself after repeated warnings felt too infuriating. Her hell-bent nature is acceptable only to a certain extent but I am not sure a woman who has suffered multiple miscarriages would take such unnecessary risks and jeopardize her high-risk pregnancy. It is the come what may to anyone, I would do whatever it takes that gives a very negative vibe for Nikki, at least for me. Fans of the author would surely love this fast-paced thriller. Expected a thunderstorm but got a drizzle💦 💦 💦 Many thanks to Net Galley, Hodder & Stoughton, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India, Medium.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    After an eight years gap, The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson sees the return of the fourth adventure in the Gillette/Reed series. Nikki Gillette is a journalist who along with her husband, Detective Pierce Reed solve crimes in Savannah, Georgia. This time a twenty-year-old case, the subject for Nikki’s latest book, causes increasing tension over her involvement in police business. Two dead bodies, a prime suspect with no alibi and a killer who wants the truth to stay buried, unleashes new tensions. After an eight years gap, The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson sees the return of the fourth adventure in the Gillette/Reed series. Nikki Gillette is a journalist who along with her husband, Detective Pierce Reed solve crimes in Savannah, Georgia. This time a twenty-year-old case, the subject for Nikki’s latest book, causes increasing tension over her involvement in police business. Two dead bodies, a prime suspect with no alibi and a killer who wants the truth to stay buried, unleashes new tensions. Promoted as Southern Gothic and romantic, fans of the series will probably enjoy it but as a first-time standalone novel, it is disappointing. One of the characters is mostly unlikable, the romance thread bland and warning of a graphic medical description that may disturb some readers (especially pregnant women) was an unnecessary detailed incident. So only a one-star rating, with thanks to Kensington Books and the author for a poof copy for review purposes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jannelies

    This fourth book in the series with Pierce and Nikki is the first one I read. It was an ok but not very special book; I found the characters, the story and the setting not very interesting or special. An old house that once belonged to a rich family; another rich family; a journalist who writes true crime books married to a detective and a missing (?) body. Not very original and therefore very predictable. What I especially don’t like in a book as this is that almost at the end two people are me This fourth book in the series with Pierce and Nikki is the first one I read. It was an ok but not very special book; I found the characters, the story and the setting not very interesting or special. An old house that once belonged to a rich family; another rich family; a journalist who writes true crime books married to a detective and a missing (?) body. Not very original and therefore very predictable. What I especially don’t like in a book as this is that almost at the end two people are meeting up and they start a very scripted dialogue about all that’s happened and who killed who and why. People do not talk like that, especially not when they’re mad at each other. Since this is a Lisa Jackson book, I hoped for more. Maybe it’s the series, maybe it’s me, but I cannot say I enjoyed this one as much as I’ve enjoyed some of her other books. Thanks to Netgalley for this digital review copy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Third Grave is the fourth instalment in the Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette Savannah series in which bestselling author Lisa Jackson at last brings her unique brand of Southern Gothic back to the beautiful, haunted city of Savannah, Georgia in this forebodingly atmospheric novel of suspense. In the wake of a violent hurricane, the city’s left doused and windswept. But as the floodwaters recede, long-buried secrets rise to the surface. Literally. In a secret crypt inside the rotting root cella The Third Grave is the fourth instalment in the Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette Savannah series in which bestselling author Lisa Jackson at last brings her unique brand of Southern Gothic back to the beautiful, haunted city of Savannah, Georgia in this forebodingly atmospheric novel of suspense. In the wake of a violent hurricane, the city’s left doused and windswept. But as the floodwaters recede, long-buried secrets rise to the surface. Literally. In a secret crypt inside the rotting root cellar of an abandoned pre-Civil War mansion that sits crumbling on the banks of a river, three graves are discovered but only two skeletons. For crime writer Nikki Gillette, who is also a reporter for the Savannah Sentinel newspaper, the discovery is both a muse and a gift – the perfect subject for her next book. Her husband, Detective Pierce Reed, has made her promise not to get involved with the case, but she can’t stay away, even when her investigations put her pregnancy at risk. She simply cannot seem to refrain from asking him a barrage of questions as she believes this could be exactly the break she needs to make a big splash in the publishing world. Twenty years ago, three sisters, who were part of the Duval family, went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, and seemingly disappeared. Forensics confirms the remains found in two of the graves belonged to the older girls twelve-year-old Holly and ten-year-old Poppy but if the third is empty, what happened to the youngest sister, four-year-old Rose? As Nikki dredges deeper into the mystery, one thing becomes dangerously clear. There is more to the sisters’ disappearance than anyone ever guessed. And far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. Despite starting quite slowly and it taking a little longer than I'm usually used to for to become immersed and gripped enough to propel me through the pages, I soon was engrossed in the mystery. There is quite a lot of action, some of it unnecessary and inconsequential to the plot, but I still found it compelling and a well-crafted yarn, and although I'm not a fan of Nikki as she's very self-centred and stupidly impulsive, the mystery kept me invested in wanting to know what happened to the Duval girls two decades ago. An entertaining and twisty-turny read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    2.5 stars A hurricane off the Georgia coast has responders busy so Bronco Cravens sneaks away to the crumbling Beaumont mansion in search of hidden treasure his grandpa told him about as a kid. Instead, he discovers the skeletons of what were once two young girls - and an empty space beside them. Detective Pierce Reed is called to the scene to lead the investigation in the twenty year old cold case of three sisters - Holly, Poppy, and Rose - who went missing from the local movie theater. Autopsies 2.5 stars A hurricane off the Georgia coast has responders busy so Bronco Cravens sneaks away to the crumbling Beaumont mansion in search of hidden treasure his grandpa told him about as a kid. Instead, he discovers the skeletons of what were once two young girls - and an empty space beside them. Detective Pierce Reed is called to the scene to lead the investigation in the twenty year old cold case of three sisters - Holly, Poppy, and Rose - who went missing from the local movie theater. Autopsies confirm the identities of two of the sisters — but where is Rose? Why was her remains not found next to Holly and Poppy? Reporter/crime writer Nikki Gillette just so happens to be married to Pierce Reed and she doesn’t care to step on his toes in order to get the story she needs. No matter how many times Reed tells her to back off, she ignores him and shows zero respect for him as her partner and as a police officer. She continuously finds herself in risky situations while ignoring repeated requests not to interfere and those risks lead to tragedy for others involved. I don’t really know what to say about this book - for me, it was kind of a mess. Nikki and Reed don’t have real chemistry, Nikki is annoying and I felt like the repeated emphasis on her refusal to follow orders and the obsessive need to break the story really ruined the suspense; like, I get it already, she doesn’t care and it’s all about her story. We don’t have to constantly have that same argument between Nikki and Reed, it’s getting tiring. Her actions felt ridiculously contrived. The mystery itself held my interest when Nikki and Reed’s personal stuff wasn’t getting in the way. There had to be a ton of secrets to lead to the disappearance of three sisters two decades before and some connection to the Beaumont estate where remains were found. I was very curious to learn what happened to the youngest sister, Rose. All this unfolds at a slow pace and the mystery felt almost secondary to the reporter/detective relationship. That said, the climax had some great action but the who/how/why was … flimsy? Lame? The big twist was obvious from a mile away and required more suspension of disbelief than I was willing to give. Sorry if this is spoiler-y but it is an important trigger warning: There is a scene with a brief description of miscarriage. I know this is a highly sensitive topic so I wanted readers to be aware and prepared. This is the first book in this series that I’ve read, it can be read as a standalone, and I doubt I’ll return to it. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The Third Grave is scheduled for release on June 29, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Savannah #4 The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting of it's once grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar: three graves but only two skeletons. I did not realise that this book was part of a series when i requested it. A hurricane uncovers three graves. The skeletons belong to two sisters who disappeared with their younger sister twenty years ago. Nikki is an author/rep Savannah #4 The old Beaumont mansion is a rotting of it's once grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar: three graves but only two skeletons. I did not realise that this book was part of a series when i requested it. A hurricane uncovers three graves. The skeletons belong to two sisters who disappeared with their younger sister twenty years ago. Nikki is an author/reporter who is married to the detective investigating this case. Nikki keeps getting in the way and putting her life in danger. Holly, Poppy and Rose went to the movies with Owen twenty years ago. Owen came back but the girls never did. Holly and Poppy's skeletons have been found in the graves. But where is Rose? Owen is still the prime suspect in his sisters' disappearance. Detective Pierce Reed is investigating the case. His wife Nikki is an author/reporter. She thinks this would make a goo storyline for her next book. There's a lot going on in this book. Although she was annoying, Nikki was my favourite character. There's plenty of twists to keep you guessing. It took a couple of chapters to get into the story. but once I did, I was hooked. I would like to thank #NetGalley #HodderStoughton and the author #LisaJackson for my ARC of #TheThirdGrave in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    3.5 stars. In an exciting start to the book, two skeletons are discovered in the cellar of a crumbling old mansion by a wannabe thief. Detective Pierce Reed catches the case along with his partner Sylvie Morrisette. Reed is the husband of crime writer Nikki Gillette who is employed by the Savannah Sentinel and determined to use inside information to write her story. The skeletons turn out to be sisters aged 12 and 10 who disappeared 20 years ago along with a still missing younger sister Rose. Aut 3.5 stars. In an exciting start to the book, two skeletons are discovered in the cellar of a crumbling old mansion by a wannabe thief. Detective Pierce Reed catches the case along with his partner Sylvie Morrisette. Reed is the husband of crime writer Nikki Gillette who is employed by the Savannah Sentinel and determined to use inside information to write her story. The skeletons turn out to be sisters aged 12 and 10 who disappeared 20 years ago along with a still missing younger sister Rose. Author Lisa Jackson has taken quite a long break in this series. The last book was written 7 years ago. Here's what I didn't like about this book: I did not like how the situation turned out with Det. Morrisette. Also, I had negative feelings about Nikki in this story. She's totally self absorbed and her cavalier attitude turned me off. I read book # 2 in this book previously and I don't remember feeling this way about her but it has been several years. One redeeming factor is that she loves her dog and cat. Here's what I liked: The story was fast moving and my favorite type of book where a murder occurs and the hunt is on to figure out whodunnit. I liked how the author's style is to post thoughts from an anonymous killer throughout her books. I figured out who I thought Rose was early on in the story. This book is in typical Lisa Jackson style.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is the fourth book in a series; it is the first one I have read and it did not inspire me to go back and read the prior ones. The story itself was OK, but the telling of it tedious and I found myself frequently skimming. I also found the character of Nikki annoying. It was difficult to believe that she was so concerned about her pregnancy after two miscarriages, yet she put herself in danger by actions like traipsing around a slippery river bank right after a hurricane.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Three graves are found ... though only two skeletal remains are found within. The Duval sisters .... Holly, 12, and Poppy, 10, disappeared 20 years ago along with their 4-year-old sister who has never been found. The three girls went to the movies with older brother, Owen, and never returned. To this day, Owen is still the prime suspect. Crime writer / journalist Nikki Gillette and her Detective husband Pierce Reed are looking into this cold case. Nikki believes this will be the story that jump-s Three graves are found ... though only two skeletal remains are found within. The Duval sisters .... Holly, 12, and Poppy, 10, disappeared 20 years ago along with their 4-year-old sister who has never been found. The three girls went to the movies with older brother, Owen, and never returned. To this day, Owen is still the prime suspect. Crime writer / journalist Nikki Gillette and her Detective husband Pierce Reed are looking into this cold case. Nikki believes this will be the story that jump-starts her career. Reed just wants the killer ,, and the third victim ... found. What the couple find are many more questions than answers. There is more to the sisters’ disappearance than anyone ever guessed. Far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. And there will be no rest, and no relenting, until the killer has buried the twisted truth along with his victims… This story has been a long time coming. This series started in 2003, the last story was published in 2013. Any fans of this author will be thrilled to see this one in print. Although 4th in the series, it is easily read as a stand alone, although i would recommend reading them in order. There's plenty of action, especially with Nikki putting herself in constant danger, much to her husband's annoyance. The reader is taken from the streets of today's Savannah to the old mansions still standing to the swamps filled with alligators. The plot is exciting, the suspense starts from the very first page and holds steady until the final unexpected conclusion. The characters are richly drawn and I really enjoyed the blend of professional with the personal. It's a real page turner and there were times I just couldn't put it down. Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this Romantic Suspense. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nan Williams

    Lisa Jackson always delivers and this book is no exception. Having said that, let me back up and say that I absolutely HATED the protagonist, Nikki Gillette. She was totally self absorbed and had no concern about anyone except herself. She was willing to derail her husband’s career in order to boost her own career. And not just her husband who was lead detective in the murder. She undermined all rules of decency in her determination to let nothing get in her way of “getting the story.” And quite Lisa Jackson always delivers and this book is no exception. Having said that, let me back up and say that I absolutely HATED the protagonist, Nikki Gillette. She was totally self absorbed and had no concern about anyone except herself. She was willing to derail her husband’s career in order to boost her own career. And not just her husband who was lead detective in the murder. She undermined all rules of decency in her determination to let nothing get in her way of “getting the story.” And quite frankly, her husband was a total sap where she was involved. The story of the missing girls who turned up in a grave 20 years after they went missing was good. It was definitely a page turner. I’ll look forward to the next by Lisa Jackson, but don’t think I’ll read any more featuring Nikki. I’m grateful to NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books, for this ARC from one of my favorite authors. The opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of The Third Grave, the fourth novel in the Savannah series, featuring Detective Pierce Reed and his wife, reporter Nikki Gillette. When two skeletons are discovered in the decaying Beaumont mansion they are quickly identified as Holly and Poppy Duval who disappeared over twenty years ago. The problem is there is an empty third grave beside them and no sign of their sister, Rose, who vanished at the same time. Detective Pi I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of The Third Grave, the fourth novel in the Savannah series, featuring Detective Pierce Reed and his wife, reporter Nikki Gillette. When two skeletons are discovered in the decaying Beaumont mansion they are quickly identified as Holly and Poppy Duval who disappeared over twenty years ago. The problem is there is an empty third grave beside them and no sign of their sister, Rose, who vanished at the same time. Detective Pierce Reed is on the case, as is his wife, Nikki. It soon becomes clear that the killer isn’t finished. I thoroughly enjoyed The Third Grave which is an entertaining read with plenty of twists and turns. I haven’t read this series before and I liked what I saw, so I can see me backtracking to the earlier novels at some point. I thought it worked fine as a stand-alone as I didn’t feel the loss of not having read its predecessors. The plot is absorbing once the reader accepts that realism isn’t a thing, but entertainment is. I liked the way the author builds her plot for the reader via the separate investigations, because, of course, Pierce and Nikki don’t share, I assume, for ethical reasons on his part and because he doesn’t want her investigating on her part. The two different points of view give the reader a wider perspective as each has their own approach. There is plenty of action in the novel with more death and a few tense scenes, culminating in the almost obligatory showdown and that is exciting. The author saves her best twists for this finale when all is explained. Some I guessed, some were a complete surprise but the journey was never less than engrossing. I can’t say that I particularly took to any of the characters. I think Nikki and Pierce’s relationship is slightly dysfunctional as it seems to consist of him telling her what to do and her ignoring him. There is personal heartache for them, but he doesn’t seem overly supportive. Not that she’s much better as she seems to court danger. Weird and repetitive. The Third Grave is a good read that I have no hesitation in recommending.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Absolutely loved this book and will now read more from Lisa Jackson. This was a great story that held my attention all the way through. Terrific plot and very cleverly put together. I loved the character of Nikki, so strong and determined even though at times her actions caused grief to many, she was the star of the story. I read this book in a day as I couldn't wait to see how it would all turn out. Very satisfied with the ending that wrapped up the story beautifully. A five star read for me an Absolutely loved this book and will now read more from Lisa Jackson. This was a great story that held my attention all the way through. Terrific plot and very cleverly put together. I loved the character of Nikki, so strong and determined even though at times her actions caused grief to many, she was the star of the story. I read this book in a day as I couldn't wait to see how it would all turn out. Very satisfied with the ending that wrapped up the story beautifully. A five star read for me and I highly recommend this book to all. Thank you to Netgalley , the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book, mush appreciated.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Having been a fan of Lisa Jackson's for years, I was eager to see she had a new release. Sadly, I think I couldn't enjoy this novel because of how much I disliked one of the main characters, Nikki. Yes, I understand that she's a reporter after a story. However, when your health and safety of yourself and others is repeatedly in jeopardy, and not to mention your own marriage, maybe you need to rethink your ways. How many times did her husband, the lead detective on the case, have to rescue her or Having been a fan of Lisa Jackson's for years, I was eager to see she had a new release. Sadly, I think I couldn't enjoy this novel because of how much I disliked one of the main characters, Nikki. Yes, I understand that she's a reporter after a story. However, when your health and safety of yourself and others is repeatedly in jeopardy, and not to mention your own marriage, maybe you need to rethink your ways. How many times did her husband, the lead detective on the case, have to rescue her or stop her from interfering with police business? So while I still like Lisa Jackson as a writer, I don't think I will pick up any more books featuring Nikki!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zelda FeatzReviews

    I have by no means read all of Lisa Jackson’s books, but she has been one of my “go-to” authors over the last few years. Whenever I pick up one of her books I do not doubt that I will enjoy reading it. The Third Grave is the tenth Lisa Jackson book I have read, but only my first for 2021. This story is everything you have come to expect from Lisa Jackson. As part of the Savannah series, you can expect all the colourful scenery and stunning architecture described in brilliant detail. I love Lisa Ja I have by no means read all of Lisa Jackson’s books, but she has been one of my “go-to” authors over the last few years. Whenever I pick up one of her books I do not doubt that I will enjoy reading it. The Third Grave is the tenth Lisa Jackson book I have read, but only my first for 2021. This story is everything you have come to expect from Lisa Jackson. As part of the Savannah series, you can expect all the colourful scenery and stunning architecture described in brilliant detail. I love Lisa Jackson’s descriptive writing style that transports me to Savannah, allowing me to visualise a part of the world I have never seen. I enjoy her strong female characters and the men they love. Of course, the way she always adds a pet or two makes her characters even more appealing. Mikado is such an adorable, realistic pup – he reminds me of my wire-haired terriers with his sweeping tail and in your face devotion to his owners. When the bodies of two young girls are in the old Beaumont mansion and identified as two of the missing Duval sisters, who disappeared twenty years earlier, Nikki Gillette sees it as an opportunity for her new true crime book. Unfortunately, Detective Pierce Reed is the lead investigator, and he will do anything to keep Nikki away from the case and safe. Yet, even after things go horribly wrong, Nikki is just too curious to wait on the sidelines, no matter what her husband has to say. Nikki investigates on her own and it is a race between reporter and detective to find out what happened to the Duval sisters all those years ago, and where is the third sister? Is little Rose dead too, or is it possible they can find her alive? I have forgotten how much I enjoy Lisa Jackson’s writing. Her story drags you headfirst into an intriguing mystery and then delivers a whiplash conclusion with all the pieces neatly wrapped up. Lisa Jackson never leaves you any unanswered questions, I love it. Nikki Gillette is a woman you simply must love. She is strong, determined, and fearless. She does not allow anything to stand in her way, not even good advice from her husband. This woman is ballsy and even when you know she is headed for trouble and she will need Reed to come and save her, you cannot help but love her. Despite all her courage, she ends up needing Reed to save her, only for them to end up saving each other. My favourite characters in this book have to be Mikado and Jennings – the author includes this dog and cat in her story adding realistic behaviour. They add warmth to the story even when their roles are not related to the storyline. As I am writing this, I have two terriers snuggling me, so no wonder these two appeals to me so much. The Third Grave is what you would expect from Lisa Jackson, the story is gripping and leaves you eagerly turning pages as you try to figure out what happened to Rose Duval. Lisa Jackson is one of my favourite authors and while I have not read all her books, I am looking forward to working the ones I have not read into my TBR. Luckily, my birthday is not too far away and I can add some of her titles to my wish list. Crime, mystery, and thriller enthusiast will find The Third Grave to be a great, fast passed, gripping read full of twists you will not see coming. If you have not spent any time with Lisa Jackson yet, you are missing out, this author is on fire. Give The Third Grave a try, you will not be disappointed. I recommend adding this book to your TBR, it’s a good read that provides a window view to Savannah.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson is a highly recommended Southern Gothic crime novel. Instead of finding the reputed fortune when searching the cellar of the deteriorating Beaumont mansion after a hurricane hits the Savannah area, a petty criminal discovers the skeletal remains of two girls. Detective Pierce Reed is called out to the scene and his wife crime writer Nikki Gillette soon clandestinely follows. The two girls are the older two Duval sisters, Holly, 12, and Poppy, 10, who have been miss The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson is a highly recommended Southern Gothic crime novel. Instead of finding the reputed fortune when searching the cellar of the deteriorating Beaumont mansion after a hurricane hits the Savannah area, a petty criminal discovers the skeletal remains of two girls. Detective Pierce Reed is called out to the scene and his wife crime writer Nikki Gillette soon clandestinely follows. The two girls are the older two Duval sisters, Holly, 12, and Poppy, 10, who have been missing for twenty years. The search is now on for the perpetrator and the third and youngest sister, Rose, 5, who is still missing. The girls went to the movies with their older brother, Owen. Rather than staying with them, Owen left to spend time with his girl friend and became the main suspect but nothing was ever proven. Now it is time to take another look at the previous investigation and Owen. As Reed is officially investigating the cold case, Nikki ignores his order for her to stay away, sure that this case will result in a successful true crime book for her, and her poor decisions result in putting herself and others at great risks. As the fourth book set in Savannah featuring Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette, you can read The Third Grave as a standalone novel. There is enough backstory to easily keep up with the main characters as your compelling interest will be in the mystery and solving the case. The plot does have a slow pace at the beginning but it quickly picks up as more information is uncovered. Chapters alternate from the point-of-view of different characters, including the killer, who is determined to not be identified. The key to enjoying this novel is to focus on the plot, take note of the discoveries and new information uncovered, and catch the clues pointing to the identity of the killer. There will be a few surprises along the way. I enjoyed the novel. The cold case and the investigation are interesting, however Nikki, as the novel unfolds, increasingly becomes an unlikable character. She takes unnecessary risks. She is self-centered. Her actions are impetuous and head strong. There are consequences to her actions, but she seemingly shrugs them off. She is not disagreeable all the time, but her determination isn't tempered by a thoughtful consideration of the consequences, which feels rather immature. I had to set my opinion about her aside and simply focused on the plot, which is interesting and will hold your attention. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Kensington. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2021/0...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Disappointing mystery by Lisa Jackson, who has written so much better years ago. This is a stand alone book in this Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette series and I won't be reading the first three or any of the following unless Nikki is not in them! She's the most disliked character ever read in my many, many years of reading. Yes, she was that annoying for the reader to tolerate; I actually had to skim parts of the book to avoid that character's self-absorbed antics. Sadly, her husband, the law enforce Disappointing mystery by Lisa Jackson, who has written so much better years ago. This is a stand alone book in this Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette series and I won't be reading the first three or any of the following unless Nikki is not in them! She's the most disliked character ever read in my many, many years of reading. Yes, she was that annoying for the reader to tolerate; I actually had to skim parts of the book to avoid that character's self-absorbed antics. Sadly, her husband, the law enforcement character in the book is professional, dedicated and continues to warn her to "stay away from the case" in the event he is close to loosing his job due to Nikki's disregard for anyone else. Yet, he remains googly-eyed for her, which doesn't make sense to a pragmatic reader. If the character hadn't been so dysfunctional, the story line would have been very, very good. It was a meaty mystery and would have held my interest. Unfortunately Lisa Jackson ruined this novel with the crazy wife (Nikki) who wouldn't be a professional journalist. The three young sisters who vanished was an excellent thrilled, but only two of them were found in the old mansion. The author did redeem herself with the result of her whereabouts for 20 years and what had happened to all three of them at the movie theater (in spite of wasting so much time with Nikki's antics). Consider yourself warned about this novel. I cannot recommend it in all honesty. If could have been so much better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson that I read and reviewed. This is the fourth book in this series but it has been years since we have seen Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette from Lisa Jackson and not much has changed from this married couple. Nikki is still poking her nose in Pierce’s cases looking for her big story or next book but this time her actions had deadly consequences for someone close to the couple and has put a bigger strain on their marriage then was ev Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson that I read and reviewed. This is the fourth book in this series but it has been years since we have seen Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette from Lisa Jackson and not much has changed from this married couple. Nikki is still poking her nose in Pierce’s cases looking for her big story or next book but this time her actions had deadly consequences for someone close to the couple and has put a bigger strain on their marriage then was ever been their before. However, what happened does not stop Nikki from going after her story and trying to find out who killed two little girls and hid their bodies in a mansion that she use to go to when she was a young girl for parties with her family. She is also trying to find out what happened to the third child who had a grave waiting for her next to her sisters. This book is full of twist and turns that Nikki uncovers and some that elude her and her husband and leave the reader going “Oh my”. This was a wonderful return for this series and as a fan I would love for Jackson to write more without such a long gap with how great this book was. The Third Grave gets five out of five stars!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson Pierce Reed/Nikki Gilbert Novel #4 I have read and loved Lisa Jackson’s books and have eagerly looked forward to reading what she writes but for some reason I could not connect with this story. I am not sure if it is because I don’t remember or haven’t read the previous three books in the series or if it is just this series that is not right for me. I just looked back over the past few years of her work that I have read and found that the more recent books have not The Third Grave by Lisa Jackson Pierce Reed/Nikki Gilbert Novel #4 I have read and loved Lisa Jackson’s books and have eagerly looked forward to reading what she writes but for some reason I could not connect with this story. I am not sure if it is because I don’t remember or haven’t read the previous three books in the series or if it is just this series that is not right for me. I just looked back over the past few years of her work that I have read and found that the more recent books have not resonated at all but that rereading her older books still do. I hope that her future books will be more my style. My thoughts: * Nikki: reporter, wife, pregnant, more interested in “the story” than in anything else. She takes risks that are crazy and more in line with someone half her age. I did not connect with her or even much like her. * Pierce: detective and husband, committed to his job, wishes Nikki wouldn’t infringe on his cases but understands her need go get “the story”. (I didn’t get it but he sort of seems to). * It took a LONG time to find out who the killer was and the motivation for the killings and then the additional killings seemed like…overkill, and it didn’t mesh and solidify for me for some reason. * This story was not Jackson’s best work, in my opinion, but I am hopeful that her next book will be perfect and will give it a try. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    So where is Rose? The Duval sisters- Holly, Poppy, and Rose - went missing 20 years ago after their brother Owen took them to the movies. Now, the remiss of Holly and Poppy have been found in a creepy crumbling mansion (good atmospherics here) but despite there being a third grave, Rose isn't there. Nikki, a reporter, is determined, despite her husband Pierce- the detractive on the case- to find answers. The problem with this well crafted mystery is Nikki. Yes, reporters often need to be aggress So where is Rose? The Duval sisters- Holly, Poppy, and Rose - went missing 20 years ago after their brother Owen took them to the movies. Now, the remiss of Holly and Poppy have been found in a creepy crumbling mansion (good atmospherics here) but despite there being a third grave, Rose isn't there. Nikki, a reporter, is determined, despite her husband Pierce- the detractive on the case- to find answers. The problem with this well crafted mystery is Nikki. Yes, reporters often need to be aggressive but she's reckless and insensitive to others in ways that make her quite unappealing, It's worth noting, btw, that this didn't keep me from turning the pages. I'd not read the earlier books, making this a standalone, and it was perfectly fine that way. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. It's a good read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia Richardson

    After two bodies are found in an old, abandoned mansion, a cold case becomes hot again! Enjoyed this “who-done-it” a lot! I found it difficult to put down! Great detective work and investigative reporting lead to surprising answers to the case.

  23. 5 out of 5

    lindsey wilderotter

    the ending was definitely suspenseful and i started to piece a lot together which was cool but the beginning took a while to get into, even though a lot was happening it all seemed a little too much to happen in the first two chapters and it took me out of the storyline a little

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    I was disappointed with this one. I am not a fan of f-bombs however, if the story is great I can tolerate them but .... that didn’t happen in this story 🤔

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janilyn Kocher

    This was an exciting read. It’s jammed packed full of action, twists, angles, lies. I was stunned at an early event in the book which left one character shaken. It’s a major event for the series that the characters have appeared previously. An old creepy house. Two skeletons. Three missing girls. As the puzzles began to unravel I was glued to my reading. There is a lot Of sorrow, but also redemptions. It’s just a really good story that will keep any reader riveted until the end. Thanks to Kensin This was an exciting read. It’s jammed packed full of action, twists, angles, lies. I was stunned at an early event in the book which left one character shaken. It’s a major event for the series that the characters have appeared previously. An old creepy house. Two skeletons. Three missing girls. As the puzzles began to unravel I was glued to my reading. There is a lot Of sorrow, but also redemptions. It’s just a really good story that will keep any reader riveted until the end. Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for the advance copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donnap

    This book got off to a slow start but picked up pretty quickly with an array of questions needing answers! Lots of twists and turns as well as suspense. It got really exciting toward the end!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Brouwer

    A twisty turny tale of lies and deception. This was a great read. I had read a couple of this authors books recently that I didn’t love so I was nervous picking this one up. I’m glad to say this captured my interest and I loved it. The story line was creepy and well thought out. The characters were well developed. It had suspense and plot twists and a great climax. This one gets 4 stars from me

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leslie McKee

    This is the fourth installment in the Nikki Gillette series. I haven't read them all, but I've read two of them. I've found that I have a hard time connecting with or even liking Nikki and her husband, which makes it hard to stay engaged with the story. The mystery was okay, and I did like the ending of this one. I don't know that I'll read any more of this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review. This is the fourth installment in the Nikki Gillette series. I haven't read them all, but I've read two of them. I've found that I have a hard time connecting with or even liking Nikki and her husband, which makes it hard to stay engaged with the story. The mystery was okay, and I did like the ending of this one. I don't know that I'll read any more of this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Read All About It

    It’s been a long time since the last book in this series came out so I didn’t remember a whole lot about Nikki and Reed except I know I loved it. I’ve been waiting it this authority get back to some of my favorite series and finally it’s here. This was a page turning suspenseful adventure. The relationship was a rocky ride. This author sure knows how to write a creepy suspense scene that will send chills up your spine and have you looking over your shoulder.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 7, 2021 Publication date: June 29, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exc Date reviewed/posted: May 7, 2021 Publication date: June 29, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Nearly two decades after first introducing fan-favorite characters Pierce Reed and Nikki Gillette--and eight after they last appeared in her blockbuster Southern Gothic Tell Me--#1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson at last returns to the beautiful city of Savannah, GA, where crime writer Nikki Gillette and her husband, Detective Pierce Reed, find a cold case leading to a new nightmare... The old Bonaventure mansion is a rotting shell of its once-grand self, especially after a disastrous hurricane sweeps through Georgia. The storm does more than dislodge shutters and shingles. It leads to a grisly find in the cellar. Three graves. But only two skeletons... For Nikki, the discovery is a gift, the perfect subject for her next crime book--though Reed has made her promise not to keep involving herself in dangerous police business. But despite the increasing tension between them, Nikki can't stay away from this story. Rumors are widespread that the burial site is the resting place of the Duval sisters--three young girls who went to the movies with their older brother, Owen, twenty years ago, and never returned. Forensics confirms that the remains belong to Holly and Poppy Duval. But where is the youngest sister, Rose? Owen Duval was, and remains, the prime suspect, alibi or no. But as Nikki and Reed delve deep into the mystery, fractures in the case begin to show. There is more to the sisters' disappearance than anyone ever guessed. Far from an isolated act, those deaths were just the beginning. And there will be no rest, and no relenting, until the killer has buried the twisted truth along with his victims... Lisa Jackson never disappoints and this is another rock star book from her – great characters, twisty plot, and you don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this one. This is deep, dark and twisty and I will highly recommend it to friends, family, patrons and anyone looking for a thrilling read. And the ending? wow…I cannot wait for the 4th book in the series based on that alone. Take this book to the beach (or your back yard, porch or balcony) and enjoy it - just wear a tonne of SPF110 as you will lose track of time as you read this. - If we are in the 5th or 6th wave/mutation of COVID19 by then, stay inside: no tan is worth dying for. As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️🏖️

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