When this story begins, you soon suspect that the main character is a monster. When this story ends, you are certain of it. Shallow Graves is an exciting, urban fantasy page-turner. Wallace builds a world that you want to know more about, and by the end of the book you are hoping for sequels. Yet despite the intrigue, you might despise the protagonist. Actually, you might despise all of the characters - because if they are not literally monsters, they are human monsters. The urban fantasy aspects of this book built a magical world that starkly contrasted with the harsh reality of high school socialization drama. Wallace alternates between whisking the reader away to a place of magicians and necromancy, and then dropping the reader back into a reality of gossip, malicious bullying, and stalking. I'll freely admit: I was horrified.