13 February 2013

The Dead and the Buried by Kim Harrington

Release Date: 1 January 2013
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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Goodreads description:
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?
My Thoughts...
I've never been much of a horror or ghost story reader, but I enjoyed Kim Harrington's debut novel, Clarity, quite a bit and wanted to read something new from her.  The Dead and the Buried is set in suburban Massachusetts, where Jade and her family have moved for her senior year.  When her younger brother, Charlie, starts stalking about the "girl" in his room, Jade tries to brush it off as nothing, but strange happens in the house and whispers at school lead her to believe that possibly Charlie is not making it up.

I really enjoyed that cast of characters that Ms. Harrington brought to life with this story.  Jade is a bit quirky with her fascination with gemstones and their meanings, and her first choice of a friend at her new school is, well, odd.  Alexa is a strange girl with no social skills whatsoever, but Jade decides that is who she would rather hang out with--not the popular crowd.  That decision made me like her just a bit more because it would have been easy to go along with the popular crowd--at least for awhile.  Even the dead girl, Kayla, has a story that's deeper than your typical mean girl.

In terms of the murder mystery, I'm almost embarrassed that I didn't figure it out sooner, but honestly, the same thing happened to me when I read Clarity. I was fairly convinced that I knew who the killer was only to have my guess proved wrong.  The haunting itself didn't exactly strike fear in my heart.  Kayla was less scary to me than just a bit sad, although I will admit that I did NOT want her to hurt Charlie.

This was a quick, enjoyable read, perhaps on the lighter side as far as hauntings and ghost stories go but not at all unpleasant.


Danny Bookworm said...

Haha don't worry Jessi. I also didn't figure it out as early as others! Stil, I loved this book- it was again just perfectly wonderful!

Alexa said...

I'm sad that I didn't get to this one. I really loved Clarity and the sequel was good as well. I rented this from the library but ran out of time. I shall have to check it out again because it sounds just as great as her other books were.

Thanks for the great review, glad you liked the story. :)

Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I don't read many ghostly horror haunting books. I'm glad to hear this is on the lighter side though. I could give it a try.

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