There are many grief holes. There's the grief hole you fall into when a loved one dies. There's another grief hole in all of us; small or large, it determines how much we want to live. And there are the places, the physical grief holes, which attract suicides to their centre.
Sol Evictus, a powerful, charismatic singer, sends a young artist into The Grief Hole to capture the faces of the teenagers dying there. When she inevitably dies herself, her cousin Theresa resolves to stop this man so many love. Theresa sees ghosts; she knows how you'll die by the spirits haunting you. If you'll drown, she'll see drowned people. Most often she sees battered women, because she works to find emergency housing for abused women. She sees no ghosts around Sol Evictus but she doesn't let that stop her. Her passion to help, to be a saint, drives her to find a way to destroy him.
"Kaaron Warrens The Grief Hole is a powerhouse of a novel; creepy, disturbing, and genuinely moving. Theresas interventions and, of course, the devastating aftermaths will haunt you long after you finish this book. Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devils Rock
Kaaron Warren's writing is always simple, elegant and deadly. Its like quicksand - a few steps in and you are waist-deep and never, ever getting out. She writes with the logic of a madwoman - which is to say that her words are irrefutable and have the terrifying ring of truth. The Grief Hole may be my favorite of all her books - sentence for sentence, as always, she makes me feel like a fraud for calling myself a writer. The Grief Hole put me immediately into a world I wish I'd never seen and never wanted to leave."" Leslie Bohem, Emmy Award winner"