The Dead and Buried by Kim HarringtonThe Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried

byKim Harrington

Hardcover | January 1, 2013

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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?

Kim Harrington is the acclaimed author of Clarity, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant readers, and Perception, which Kirkus Reviews called "a smart, paranormal mystery ride." She is also the author of the middle-grade series Sleuth or Dare. Kim lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, w...
Title:The Dead and BuriedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.56 × 5.79 × 1.03 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545333024

ISBN - 13:9780545333023

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I have only recently begun reading more ghost stories, looking for some creepier fiction to enjoy lately. The Dead and Buried is a good ghost story, some chills and thrills included, although it's also very much standard-fare as far as ghost stories go. Reasons to Read: 1. A fast-paced story: I easily flew through this book, reading it in an evening. The plot moves along quite nicely and I was engaged with the story from the very beginning. The pacing is just about perfect as the plot continued to develop from chapter to chapter and it never seemed to slow down or drag along. 2.A touching brother-sister relationship: I loved reading about Jade's devotion to her little brother, Colby. It gave me a better sense of Jade's motivation in becoming involved with the mystery in her house and the death of Kayla Sloan. Strong relationships like this are so important, and I absolutely adored the dynamic between these two characters. The main problem for me with The Dead and Buried is that it was far too predictable. There really wasn't anything unique or different to make it stand out to me from other stories about hauntings I've ever read about or seen in a movie. I also had a harder time relating to the characters, and I think that's because they were simply underdeveloped. It's a fairly short book, so this is somewhat understandable, but it also made it harder for me to connect with the book. The romance detracted from my reading experience because I found it distracted from the overall (more interesting) plot. It seemed fairly rushed and predictable, and didn't have much of a buildup to convince me that it enhanced the story in any way. It was all just a little too convenient for me, much like the rest of the story. Review copy received from Scholastic Canada; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky fun great for reluctant reader The Good Stuff Perfect for the reluctant reader A ghost story - very rare in the YA genre. What a shame so much of 9-12 is ghost centered, yet so little in the next step up Great relationship between Jade and her little brother Colby Fast paced and spooky The ghost is a "mean girl" (come on you sorta wished sometimes that you could take down those mean girl types) Just the type of book I loved as a teen Sweet love story - a little bit love trianglish - but not that bad Story hooks you in right away and its the type of book you don't want to put down - which thank goodness it wasn't huge book (295 pgs in my ARC copy) Jade is extremely likeable and willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves The Not So Good Stuff Some of the secondary characters are more caricatures than fleshed out characters A tad bit predictable as a older reader, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing Favorite Quotes/Passages "Yeah, she's weird. I'm weird. Who cares? If people showed the honest versions of themselves instead of the the scrubbed, toned-down versions, we'd all be a little more interesting." "No, you don't mess with those things," a guy said, pointing at the Ouija board like it was on fire. "My grandmother told me stories. Those things can open doorways." "It's mad from Hasbro," Faye snapped. "Grow a pair." "Normally, I'd trust a five-year-old boy with a delicate piece of jewelry as much as I'd trust a thief with an ATM password, but Colby was different." 4 Dewey's Can't remember where I got this but I think it was from our arc collection at work
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Ghostly Tale with a Dash of Romance! I really enjoyed Kim Harrington's Clarity and its sequel, Perception, so when I heard about her latest standalone novel, The Dead and Buried, I couldn't wait to read it right away. While I didn't think Jade particularly stands out as a protagonist, she's a very kind person who remains level-headed when under pressure... and she certainly needed to keep her wits about her in this book! Kayla Sloane is not a ghost you ever want to cross! Jade never imagined that the beautiful home she and her family have just moved into used to belong to the most popular girl at her new high school... or that she'd died of unnatural causes and no one was ever caught. It's creepy, yes, but what's all the more scary is that Kayla Sloane, the former queen bee of Woodbridge High School, is still haunting her old home, and she won't leave until Jade learns who murdered her, even if that means threatening Jade's younger brother Colby. As Jade hurries to find Kayla's murderer, she also learns that her new friends are hiding dark secrets, and that Kayla was a much more cold and manipulative person than many believed. Jade's search for the truth also finds her caught between the attentions of two very different boys who were very close to Kayla when she was alive. Kane, a popular jock and one of Kayla's best friends, has taken a romantic interest in Jade and would like to become more than just friends. He's sweet and charming, but Jade can't help feeling attracted to Donovan the more she gets to know him. When Jade first meets Donovan, Kayla's former boyfriend and the last person to see her alive, she sees an emotionally broken boy who needs help putting the pieces back together again. Just when I thought the clues had led me to the murderer, new twists are revealed which left me completely second-guessing myself! The Dead and Buried is far from the predictable read I'd assumed it would be. The suspense and mystery steadily builds as the novel progresses, and I couldn't help becoming increasinly suspicious of everyone close to Jade. Kim Harrington's The Dead and Buried is a perfect read for those who love ghostly tales with a dash of romance! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-01-15

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Dead and Buried"A perfect blend of mystery, horror, and romance... I loved it!" -Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight"Delicously spooky and ridiculously fun... Reminded me why Kim Harrington is one of my favorite authors." -Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall."A perfect, classical ghost story with a decidedly modern feel. I adored it." -Myra McEntire, author of Hourglass"Harrington's crisp prose, humor, and fluid storytelling serve the mystery well, and coded diary entries from the deceased Kayla let readers play detective along with Jade." -Publishers Weekly"Plenty of red herrings keep the story lively and fast-paced . . . readers will keep trying to guess the real murderer until the final pages." -Kirkus