Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington
The Dead and Buried
Release Date: January 1st 2013
Publisher: Scholastic/Point
Format: Hardcover
: 295
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Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school — until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?
This story follows around Jade. Jade, her father, stepmother, and half-brother have just moved into Jade’s dream house in the big town that she thought her parents could never afford. As soon as Jade starts in her new school, rumors start flying about the house she is living in. She soon finds out why her parents could afford this big house. The daughter, and most popular girl in high school, was murdered there. Jade wants no part of it.

Jade’s half-brother, Colby, tell Jade a secret that startles her a little bit but soon she realizes how true her brother’s secret is. The ghost is out for revenge and make an ultimatum with Jade. She either needs to find out who killed her, or something bad is going to happen. Through all of this, her step-mother gets very angry at Jade for trying to scare her little brother.

“Secrets are like a disease. They infect you and destroy you from the inside out”

This is a murder mystery and ghost story nicely wrapped into one. There is also a love triangle thrown in there, with a bad boy and popular boy, and some mean girls. This has been done before but it’s not boring at all. I was definitely guessing who done it until the very end. Although I did have it narrowed down pretty early on.

It was a little slow to start but picked up once we started to figure out what was going on. The occasional diary pages from the murdered girl is a great addition to the book. I love how this sort of breaks up the story and keeps it interesting.

This was my first Kim Harrington book and I enjoyed it enough to pick up another one. I recommend this if you are interested in paranormal mystery books.

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*I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I also won a copy from First Reads off Goodreads.

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