The Dead and Buried is a YA supernatural/horror mystery by Kim Harrington.
Jade knew that moving into the large, beautiful house seemed outside of her family’s ordinary budget, but she was distracted with happy thoughts of going to a high school with more than just a few classmates to think too much about it.
But when her first day gets interrupted by whispers and awkward silences, especially one involving a guy with killer blue eyes that was shyly friendly until clamming up at the knowledge of her new address, Jade knows something is going on.
Then Jade’s little brother starts telling her about a girl he sees in his room.
It doesn’t take long for the truth the come out.
The house was affordable because a teenage girl died in it last year.
A popular, gorgeous girl who ruled the school and was dating the guy with killer blue eyes the time of her untimely death.
And now the house is haunted.
Jade soon finds out that this dead girl wasn’t very nice in life… and definitely isn’t in death…
I absolutely adored Kim Harrington’s Clarity books: Clarity and Perception. I still can’t help but hope there will be more featuring that awesome character that reminded me of a psychically gifted Veronica Mars. But in the meantime, I’ll take what I can get from the author!
The Dead and Buried was a diverting read for sure.
Jade is a nice, confident, self-assured lead with interests that are unique (always admirable to have characters that have hobbies outside of boy-craziness) and a tension with her stepmother that is believable. It gave a good depth to her.
I didn’t feel like The Dead and Buried was AS dynamic, funny and engrossing as the Clarity books, but there was a creepiness, romance, and intrigue all its own here. It’s an entertaining, spooky ghost story done well.
Maybe I just wanted a bit more, or maybe I just really wanted Clarity. But The Dead and Buried was still very, very good and I am still looking forward for more from Kim Harrington!