Author: Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Release Date: January 1 2013 (Happy New Year!)
Read in: 2 days
*I received a copy of The Dead and Buried via NetGalley * (Also purchased! I had to ... 51 days is not enough time to admire this book!)
The Dead and Buried was a chilling novel about a teenage girl named, Jade. Jade moves to an upscale home in Silver Road (Woodbridge), Boston with her dad, stepmother, and brother, Colby. Jade has always wanted to live in a big town, with more kids her age, better education opportunities, and a big house. This is all granted to her ... for a little price. The huge house they move into used to belong to one of the wealthiest families in Woodbridge, however, the price on the market was reduced after the “accident.” The summer before, a girl named Kayla Sloane was believed to have fallen down the stairs. Keyword believed. Others believe she was pushed down the stairs, making the house Jade’s living in, the used-to-be crime scene of a homicide. This is the reason for some of the resentment the other kids have in school for her. They’re constantly whispering behind her back, not mention the same guys that fell for Kayla, are also falling for Jade. Jade gets through every day doing just that - getting by. But when her little brother, Colby, starts seeing the ghost of a teenage girl, things get strange. And when that ghost starts threatening Colby and Jade, things get ... stranger. Finally the ghost girl asks something of Jade - to find her murderer. As Kayla’s past unravels before Jade’s eyes, she begins to realize that the people around her are holding a lot more secrets then she’d ever believed.
I really loved Kim Harrington’s style of writing, what I loved even more were the diary entries from Kayla. Kayla wrote in a sort-of code that wasn't easy to understand. The addition of her diary entries to the novel was an amazing idea! It really made me feel like I was helping Jade decipher it, as well. The ending! Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. After finishing The Dead and Buried, I was physically unable to move. I just kind of stared at the book. My reaction was more like: “This is a magical creation. How dare I have called this a novel?! The Dead and Buried is NOT a novel, it's art. That I will carefully bestow it back on my bookshelf, and spend a whole day writing the review.” I cannot - will not, begin to explain how much I LOVED the ending. Kayla’s killer was so unexpected! Throughout the course of the novel, I kept looking toward the suspicious kids, with obvious motives, but the actual killer wasn't even interrogated/suspected. Not even once. The Dead and Buried was a CSI marathon, all over for me. Seriously.
I didn't like the relationship between Jade and Kane/Donovan. It felt rushed. All of a sudden Jade becomes the new Kayla? After how long?! No, just no. It wasn't believable! Both guys became so protective and possessive of her. I did happen to like Donovan more, though. He was HOT, adorable, caring, and curious - did I mention HOT?! But. But. It just wasn't enough to ignore the fact that their relationship blossomed way too quickly. The last few lines of the book say something about love, I believe? First of all, Donovan is mine and second of all, Jade hasn't even known him for a whole school year, I've known him since ... I started reading! Nuh-uh, back up lady!
In summary, The Dead and Buried was a quick, and thrilling read that made me want to sleep with a hundred teddy bears at night, and investigate the former owners of MY house.