Publication Date: 01 Jan 2013
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback (ARC)
The Author on the Web:
Kim Harrington – Official Site
Place(s) Traveled to: Woodbridge, Massachusetts
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Colby had a secret.
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I love a good mystery and I love Kim Harrington’s books so I was really excited to read her newest release The Dead and Buried. Not only is it a murder mystery but its also a standalone book and there are far too few of those (it seems) so its always refreshing to have just one book to worry about. The Dead and Buried starts after the murder that is the central plot has happened and the main character moves into the house of the dead girl. This sets her apart from the other kids at school. It also doesn’t help that she’s moving from a small town to a larger one towards the end of her time in high school.
Overall, I really liked Jade as a character she was a little snarky but not as much as Clare from Kim’s other YA Mystery books Clarity and Perception. But then Jade hasn’t had to deal with the same issues in life as Clare and so doesn’t have as big a chip on her shoulder. I also liked the other characters that were in this book and think that fans of Kim’s previous books will enjoy will like this one as well.
For me, the mystery in this book wasn’t super difficult to figure out but that doesn’t take away from the fun of the book. There are a few twists and turns in the story to fool the less experienced mystery reader but the lack of a hard to figure out mystery in no way detracts from this story. This is a book that I think all fans of Harrington’s previous books as well as mysteries in general will enjoy. I know I for one did and I am looking forward to the next bit of mystery