The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Posted March 27, 2013 | 11 Comments

The Dead and Buried by Kim HarringtonThe Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Published by: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Format: eARC
Pages: 395
Source: Publisher

home sweet home...

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?

Gimmie more ghosts! I love ghost stories, but it’s a subject in books that seems to always be a gamble for me. Thankfully, The Dead and Buried turned out to be a good gamble. Though it was a bit predictable, it was still a fairly solid story that I enjoyed.

Moving to a new town and starting a new school your senior can be a total bummer, but Jade actually feels good about it. That is until she discovers the house is haunted by a the girl who used to live there. She’s not exactly Casper the Friendly Ghost. And it can be a bit discouraging being the new girl at school who moved into the house where Kayla, the most popular girl, died only a few months before. Turns out her death wasn’t an accident and she is determined to find out who killed her, no matter what it takes. Even if it means causing harm to Jade and her family.

I liked Jade, but didn’t love her. She’s maybe a 6.5 on a 1 through 10 likable scale. There wasn’t anything that annoyed me about her, but there also wasn’t anything that made me love her.  I did really like her relationship with her little brother, who is only five. Jade doesn’t have the best relationship with her stepmom, but she loves her bother dearly and will do whatever it takes to protect him. I also liked how she actually had a mind of her own, and wasn’t afraid to be herself.

The other characters didn’t blow me away, but they weren’t bad. I liked how there was always a little suspicion with all of them. Kayla may have been queen of the school, but it doesn’t mean everyone worshiped her. Donovan is the artsy, mysterious gamer who Jade takes an interest in. Kane, the popular jock who takes an interest in Jade, isn’t quite what he seems. Faye, Kayla’s friend, tries taking over Kayla’s role of queen bee. Alexa, is a socially inadequate brainiac, who is obsessed with being number one. Kayla has wronged a lot of people, but the question is: did any of them contribute to her death?

I liked that this wasn’t a happy haunting story. Kayla was a Grade A jerk in life who screwed with people, and she was the same in death. There were some tense and slightly creepy moments, but nothing too scary. I liked the use of the journal to get to know Kayla through her own words, and how it played an important role.

As for the mystery surrounding Kayla’s death, I knew who did what and why as soon as the person was introduced in the book. I don’t feel that it took too much from the story, though, because there was always that doubt that maybe I was wrong. Sometimes it’s not as fun being right all the time (haha).

Overall, The Dead and Buried is on the better side of the ghost infused books I’ve read. And I was happy that it’s a standalone!


11 responses to “The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

  1. No @#$% Sherlock! You really figured it out from the get go? I didn’t guess who the killer was, I thought it was the popular girl the friend of the dead girl for sure or maybe the smart girl. Guess I am not as crafty as you. The diary was way fun wasn’t it? I really liked the bitchy dead girl but the rest of the characters were just average. I didn’t like the romance at all it was weird. I mean really she falls in love with the dead girl’s boyfriend ins’t that creepy?

    • Christy

      Haha – yes. I had a feeling this book was going to go the way of the “unsuspecting suspect.” As soon as the person was introduced to Jade, I wrote the name in my notes and put GUILTY net to it. lol.

      Dead girl’s boyfriend needed love too! 😀

  2. I love ghost stories too although they can be hit or miss with me as well. I also hate when they have sad ending because usually a ghost is dead and has to stay dead 🙁 But I am loving when the ghost was a bad person in life and learns a great lesson and then can move on. I’ve heard the mystery is predictable and since the girl was so horrible I’m assuming plenty of people wanted her ded but I am still curious as to how it all unfolds.

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