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The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

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The Dead and Buriedby Kim Harrington

The Dead and Buried
by Kim Harrington

The Dead And Buried

By: Kim Harrington

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: 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?


Review: This book wasn’t terrible, but I felt Harrington missed a lot of potentials that could have made it a lot better.

First of all, I called it about a third of the way through and was dead certain (no pun intended) by the halfway point. I could tell from the very beginning that Harrington was going to try hard to throw readers off course by throwing every possible motive out there. (view spoiler on my Goodreads) As Harrington was so blatantly obvious, I don’t think she realized she was waving a bright red flag over the killer. I think if she had toned it down on the quick yet strong accusations, readers would have been more inclined to keep guessing until the end.

I also thought a contributing factor was because the whole book was so cliche with no question. (view spoiler on my Goodreads) Well, I guess I mean those too – at least in the sense I was hoping Harrington would have used more interesting tactics to make the book somewhat scary instead a ridiculously bad movie. Throw in the classic case of a mean (well Jade did give her reason to do so when she said she already had a mom) stepmother who is too absorbed with her son that she doesn’t believe anything Jade says. But my complaint was I almost believed Harrington knew the elements she used were cliche because she didn’t even bother really going in depth with the scariness or even the cliquish high school roles because the concepts are so widely accepted. So a lot of the details were just glimpsed over.

The reason why I didn’t give this book 1 star was because there were elements that Harrington used that could have made her book stand out. The first was the numbering system in Kayla’s diary. I thought it was a clever way to give readers a background on some of the characters. I mean, it wasn’t hard figuring out who was who, almost as soon as she wrote about them. But it was a nice way of making the story somewhat different. The second was the whole symbolic gemstones. I liked how she used the stones to represent certain aspects of the stories – whether it was a coincidentally similar situation or a feeling or even a concept like clarity or protection.

Unfortunately, those two things were exactly what I was talking about when I said wasted potential. Harrington could have done so much with those – the numbering system a little more complex so it adds to the readers’ guesses and the gemstones having a bigger role than just the jewelry she just happened to be wearing. I’m not saying turn it into some complex story involving magic. But the way she gave it so much attention in the first part of the book, the momentum kind of dropped off, and she kind ofdismissed the whole concept as “a hobby.” Wasted potential.

Overall, it’s a terrible ghost mystery story, and all in all, it was a pretty quick read. I just felt if Harrington hadn’t been so obviously steering us away from the culprit, and if she had sent a little more time developing the story outside cliche and given more thought to those potential, the story would have been a lot better than it was.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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