Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

dead and the buriedThe Dead and Buried
Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Point (Scholastic Imprint)
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

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 have mentioned on numerous occasions how much I love ghost stories.  So when I found out that Kim Harrington (author of Clarity and Perception) was releasing a ghost story, I was all over that.  I really liked Clarity and Perception, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Dead and Buried.  Did it live up to my high expectations?  Not completely.  Did I still really enjoy this book?  Absolutely!

I would say this book is much more mystery than ghost story.  That was disappointing to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love mysteries, but I really wanted some ghosty business, and I didn’t really get that.  There is definitely a ghost, and she does a few sort of creepy things, but it didn’t quite have that ghost story feel that I love so much.  But this is completely about my personal preference.  So if you like mysteries a lot, you should look into this one.  I’m not going to lie, I did have my suspicions of who the killer was very early on in the story, but it was still fun to watch Jade uncover the clues.

I did like Jade, but I didn’t love her.  She is being forced by the ghost to find the ghost’s murderer, so she is very stressed about it.  But I didn’t like how Jade was using people.  I just don’t think I could ever do something like that, even under crazy circumstances like this.  And it bothered me that Jade did that.  Only because it made me like her less.  But, like I said, she was being forced to find the answer quickly, or something awful would happen to someone she loved.  So I can sort of understand where she is coming from.

Donovan is pretty awesome, but I wouldn’t say he was swoon-worthy.  I don’t think his character was as fleshed out as it could have been.  It was the same way with all the secondary characters, actually.  They each had their own personalities, but I think they could have been fleshed out a bit more.  Well, besides the ghost, Kayla, who was pretty well developed.  I really think Harrington could have done something amazing with Alexa’s character.  She started, but just didn’t go that extra step.

Overall, I really did enjoy The Dead and Buried, though.  This book jumps right into the action, and I liked that.  I just read a really wordy book, and it was so nice to read something quick, and to the point.  If you like Clarity and Perception, or if you like YA mysteries, I think you would like this one.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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9 Responses to Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

  1. Candice says:

    I haven’t read either Clarity or Perception, but I’ve really REALLY been wanting to read this one! I’m like you… I love a good ghost story (note I did not say movie). Disappointing it doesn’t have more ghostly goings on, but oh well; still want to read it! Great review!

    • Quinn says:

      I don’t like ghost movies, either! Heck no! I did still like this book, though, and I definitely want to hear what you have to say about it. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. Great review. This sounds interesting.

  3. I have this book, but it’s not super high on my TBR pile. Sorry the boy wasn’t swoon-worthy; that’s always a shame, as is the fact that you didn’t absolutely love the protagonist.

  4. Heidi says:

    I actually haven’t read any Kim Harrington yet, but I’ve heard such good things about her past books that I picked up an ARC of this one as well. I’m sorry to hear you were disappointed, but glad you enjoyed it regardless! I’m happy to know going in that it’s more mystery than ghost story…I won’t plan on being scared! 🙂

  5. I’m very excited to read this one – I really enjoyed Kim Harrington’s debut, Clarity, so I need to check out another by her 🙂

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