You’d think a kid who grew up in a funeral home, and who had a graveyard as a playground, would be strange, and in Molly Maddison’s case, you’d be right. A young adult, now, Molly has a close friend, Jewels, who coincidentally happens to be dead, and she is constantly importuned by the recently and not so recently departed for her help. That’s right; Molly can see, feel, and interact with the dead. Even worse, she can really get physical with them, as she does with Levi, an enigmatic, sometimes dangerous ghost who is obsessed with her.
Then, Damon Night enters Molly’s life. The professor in a class she’s taking to get her certification as a child behavior therapist, he is in Jewel’s words, a hottie, and Molly is drawn to him. But Damon is not what he seems. Nor, for that matter, is Molly. When her father dies, and she has to go home for the reading of the will, Molly learns the secret that he’d kept from her for her whole life, and oh what a secret it is.
Crypt Keeper by K.A. Young is the first in a series about Molly Maddison, a Crypt Keeper by birth, who happens to be in love with Death—not just the concept, but the actual grim reaping entity. Young writes with a wry wit, and a deft hand as she describes dead-undead/mortal-immortal encounters, magical moments, both eerie and erotic, and Molly’s journey of discovery. This is a hard book to classify. It’s funny, it’s scary, it has elements of the paranormal, and it has romance. It’s a quick read, and an enjoyable one, so let’s ditch the thoughts of classifying it into a particular genre and start reading.
I give Young four stars for this book.