Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Book Synopsis: 

"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?" -from

What I Thought:

Jade just moved into her brand new house with her family. It's a nice big house  in a really nice neighborhood. Far from what Jade grew up with, but she wasn't one to complain about being somewhere with actual places to hang out. 

Shortly after they move in Jade's little brother says that he's seeing a glimmering ghost girl in his room. This has Jade spooked but she doesn't believe him at first. Then a whole bunch of weird things start happening around the house. Along with the whispers and rumors going around school about her new home, Jade now has to face the possibility that her house is in fact a murder house. 

Honestly I kind of wanted a bit more from this book. I was really quick to figure out who the killer was, I think I was maybe halfway through the book when I figured it out. There were a lot of accusations and other things that just made it easy to pinpoint. There's a reason I don't really read mystery books though, I always figure out the killer way before the ending. 

I also feel like parts of the book were very cliche ghost story. I don't mind things like temperature changes and what not, but when it's mentioned every other chapter it starts to grate on me. 

Besides those two major issues I had with the book, I also felt that it moved a bit slowly. It took me almost a week to get through this book, and it's not as long as other books I usually read. I felt like there wasn't a whole lot of action going on, just a lot of speculation and regular teenage things. I could have used a bit more in the haunting department personally, but I also read a lot of horror. 

I did enjoy Jade's personality for the most part. She is her own person and does not try to fit in with any particular crowd at school. She sticks up for what she believes in, and befriends people that otherwise don't have friends. Jade is really the perfect representation of what we try to instill in our own children. 

All in all I really did enjoy this book, but because of the details that I mentioned I can only say that I liked this book. I can't say that I thought it was amazing or even great. Just that I liked it. That's not to say that someone else may love it though! 

*ARC provided to me by Scholastic 


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1 comment:

  1. I had high hopes for this, but it sounds like it's on the younger side of YA, and I think I will pass on it after reading your thoughts Erica..awesome review!