Published: January 1, 2013
Scholastic Point, hardcover, 304 pgs
GoodReads Summary: 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?
We ALL read those awesome Fear Street books back in the day. They were my first taste of YA and I couldn't get enough of them. R.L. Stine infiltrated my reading experiences and set a precedent for all other YA romance/horror hybrid books.
Imagine my absolute delight when reading The Dead & Buried and getting that EXACT SAME FEELING.
Ease of reading? Check.
A constant rundown in my head of all the suspects and characters and motives and WHODUNNIT? Check.
I knew Kim Harrington was something special when I read Clarity, and she solidifies her place as mystery book gangster with The Dead & Buried. You guys. This book was just SO. MUCH. FUN. It wasn't a "hide under your blankets in fear of the angry ghost" type of book, but it had its moments where it sent a chill down my spine (ANY books with any sort of possession just give me the heebie jeebies.)
Jade was a fun and quirky character, living in a haunted house, practically living the life of the dead girl who died at the bottom of her staircase. Now resident ghost, Kayla, is hellbent on finding out who murdered her and Jade is her pawn. And Kayla has no problem making Jade's life a living hell until she is avenged. Honestly, I had a tough time pegging the murderer in the beginning. The evidence is well-concealed and the fact that Kayla's diary entries are littered amongst the pages definitely add to the fun of The Dead & Buried.
I DID NOT PUT THIS DOWN. And I want more. MORE. Kim Harrington, can you please write a YA series with fun mysteries and enjoyable scares and name it something like Frightened Cul-de-Sac or something? I promise I'll not point out any similarities to that one 1990s series I may or may not have mentioned in the beginning of this review.