First – I love Kim Harrington. She’s from New England, my neighboring state of Massachusetts to be specific, and I loved Clarity, her debut novel for teens. Being from Massachusetts, she must love the Red Sox (don’t disappoint me here, Kim). And, she’s a Disney World fanatic – what’s not to love? So I was obviously super-excited to read her new novel, The Dead and Buried.
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?
I loved this book! I read a couple of other reviews where people thought the storyline was predictable…I completely disagree. This book had me hooked from the start. I was drawn right into the storyline and couldn’t stop reading. I really enjoyed the alternating chapters – reading from Jade’s perspective and then flipping to the diary of Kayla Sloane. It added to the mystery as I was trying to decipher Kayla’s “code”. And this book was eerie from the start – when Colby reveals that “There’s a girl in my room…And she glimmers.” Did you just get the creeps? Shiver a little bit? I did when I was reading it! This leads to a freaky, scary confrontation with Kayla’s ghost and Jade is given an impossible task – but one she can’t refuse. So Jade must become a detective and try to find out who killed Kayla – or else. There were tons of twists for me – from false accusations, to the Ouija board at the party, to a creepy confrontation with Jade, Colby, their parents, and Kayla. Great characters, great storyline, great suspense and creepiness – this book did it all for me and I devoured it in two days! Definitely check it out!
To find out more about Kim Harrington and her novels, check out her website – http://www.kimharringtonbooks.com/home.html
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