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The Dead and Buried

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,923 ratings  ·  449 reviews
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 brot...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Scholastic Point
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There are several things you can count on when you pick up one of Kim Harrington’s books. First, that it’ll be entertaining, if a bit predictable. Second, that the main character will be likeable enough and that she won’t make incredibly stupid choices at every turn. Third, that there’s a decently plotted mystery at the center. Fourth, that she knows how to write sweet and believable romances. And last, that you’ll forget all the details in about a month or so.

I’ll tackle this (more or less) in...more
Hauntings! In real life I would die of terror if I came upon a ghost, so naturally, I love reading about them to psyche myself out. And if you think mean girls are awful in life, wait until you meet one in death! The Dead and Buried follows such a story when Jade and her family move into a murder house--or at least that's what the rumour is.

Even though the culprit becomes obvious pretty early on (I guessed around p.60), being curious of their motive does leave some of the mystery elements undam...more
The Holy Terror
I actually liked this quite a bit. It reminded me of the books I read when I was a teen and it gave me flashbacks to when we'd have sleepovers and play with an Ouija board and try to have seances.

This is pretty much your standard paranormal YA mystery with mean girls, a love triangle, and the protagonist being the new kid in town but somehow managed to not feel stale or boring. Yes, this has been done a million times before but it actually kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the fact that...more
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)...more
3.5 Stars

The Dead and Buried is one of my favorite combinations for a story: mystery, suspense and a little romance thrown in for good measure.

Jade is thrilled to be starting school where there’s more than thirty students in her whole grade. Growing up she lived in a rural town, and longed to be in a big city and school. Somehow, her dream has come true. Even the house her family has moved into seems too good to be true: new, big and beautiful. When Jade receives strange looks from her classmat...more
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I am a wuss. Lemme just tell you that before you bother to continue reading this review. The Dead and Buried isn't necessarily a spooky book, it's just it awakened my fears of everything and I started to hyperventilate. So while this could've been a one night read, it turned into two as I couldn't bare finishing it off without squealing at every creak in the floor. *shudders at the thought*

Me gusta this cover. I mean seriously, that purple and that chick the...more
Initial reaction: Solid YA mystery with paranormal elements. I'm usually fond of ghost stories and I found something to like not only in Jade's respective journey, but also in the unfolding murder mystery that kept the ball rolling right up to the very end. There are some familiar YA elements in this, but somehow I thought they wove themselves pretty well in this when it was all said and done. I'd probably give this a solid 3.5 stars.

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The Dead and Buried is a modern ghost story that I read recently. Even though I did not have high expectations for this book, I was still disappointed. My major problem is that The Dead and Buried was just way too typical. The whole entire time I kept thinking sarcastically "Haven't seen this before".
I just really wanted an awesome and original Ghost Story unlike anything I have ever read before. The Dead and Buried takes all typical ghost story elements and mi...more
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A haunted House and a New Life

Jade moves with her family into a new house, this new life of course also comes with new interesting friends and a new town. But, Jade is excited and always wanted to live in a bigger town. Needless to say that this excitement fast vanishes when she figures out why this house was so cheap... it comes with the murdered ghost of a girl exactly of Jade's Age.. And... this ghost is so NOT a friendly one and needs Jade to find he...more
I went into this book expecting an awesome haunted house tale and instead I am disappointed to admit that all I got was a generic ghost tale that wasn't that well executed. I requested this from the publisher due to my excitement from the synopsis, but the synopsis is ten times more exciting than the actual book.

My biggest problem with the book was the writing. It was very simplistic and choppy. I was reading a middle-grade book as I read this one, and I felt like this one is better marketed as...more
Kim Harrington
Jan 01, 2013 Kim Harrington added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Shreya (CCReviews)
I have really enjoyed reading Kim Harrington's books as they are light, fun and make for good mysteries that give the reader a thrill from trying to put pieces together. Like Clarity and Perception, the first two books in Harrington's Clarity series, I was able to read The Dead and Buried in one sitting. Also like those two books, the plot revolves mainly around a girl who has magical powers and her goal to find the secret behind a mysterious death. Even though this book is short, it flowed smoo...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Just so everyone knows, I'm trying to limit my cursing in this review because someone *glares accusingly at that someone who knows who she is* told me that I do that too much. I'll be substituting every expletive with the name of a fruit or vegetable.

THE DEAD AND BURIED is a book that I had really high hopes for since at that time, I seemed to think that I have pretty good luck with these sorts of books (I don't really have that good luck with mystery ghost books actually - I have no idea what I...more
Not a long review, but a short one. (sick, but I feel like writing a review)

When I first pre-ordered this book I was confused. The two titles differ greatly from each other. Dead and Buried to The Killing of Kayla Sloane.

I must say, now after reading this book, that I find the second title more fitting to the book.

The book itself was really wonderful and great. I loved how terrifying it was at times, how it first started all fluffy but soon escalated to something terrible and scary.

Kayla (our gh...more
The Dead and Buried had me guessing until the end, as well as spooking me a bit along the way!

Jade is happy in her new house and ready to begin the year at a new school. But when she goes to school, people are whispering and sometimes avoiding her. She finds out that a very popular teen girl died in her new house the previous year, and her death is suspicious.

Jade is understandably having difficulty making friends, but she does have the attention of a couple of boys. One very popular. The other,...more

Originally Posted on Confessions of An Opinionated Book Geek

I don’t usually read horror, mystery or ghost stories, but after reading Kim Harrington’s “The Dead and Buried,” I have decided it might be time to change that. The story follows Jade. A girl from a not so great neighborhood who finally gets the life she believes that she has always wanted. She moves into a nice house, in a great neighborhood with an even better school system. Jade is not your typical high school girl. She doesn’t care...more
"And perhaps heavier than the ghosts were the secrets we carried"

Ok, I have to start by saying that this book wasn't horrible, it just wasn't for me. I was expecting a really chilling story and a mystery behind it to boot. It was all a little sub par.

The idea behind the book was really intriguing and I liked how the book was written. The book was written from the main character, Jade's, point of view but every now again there is a diary entry written from the ghost girl back when she was alive....more
Hear me out first ok??

Review to come soon. (I promise)


Really? So no one is going to say it? Nobody?


Ok. Fine. If you all won't say it I guess I will be the bad guy.

I didn't like "The Dead and Buried".

There, I said it. It's out there into the infinite universe that is the internet.

I waited patiently and eagerly for "The Dead and Buried". I figured that a book with more than 90% of 3+ stars reviews on Goodreads would be good. I didn't see too many it was better than a chocolate covered o...more

If I'm going to read an R.L stine book, I want it to be filled with descriptions of 90s fashion. That being said, I would give this to a reluctant reader horror fan.
Picture Mean Girls, but with a Regina-like leader ruling from beyond the veil, and you'll get the idea of what Dead and Buried is all about. Staying true to her writing style, Kim Harrington plots an easy, fast-paced read in a high school setting. Like most teen books, Dead and Buried delivers love triangles, betrayal, backstabbing and school drama. This is a sleuth-style book that directly influences the main character, Jade's, actions and decision-making. Although a little extreme, she is forc...more
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. So originally I read the first two pages of this and set it aside, thinking it was actually a mean girls high school clique book instead of the creepy ghost story I'd been expecting. But I was in the mood for some teen angst, so I picked it back up a few days later and pretty quickly became absorbed in it. In a nutshell: Jade's family moves into their dream house in a new town, but it turns out the meanest and most popular girl in school died there under suspicious circumstances, and...more
Amy Fournier
I love a good mystery so of course I was drawn to this book. Me being perceptive like I am I fully expected to figure out who killed Kayla, but that still didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all. I loved getting to know the characters and trying to figure out not who did it, but why they did it. There was a few good chilling scenes in the book to keep my creepy book loving self satisfied, and a few swoon worthy moments to make my romantic side happy. This was a great and somewhat c...more
Ratings: 3.5 stars
The Dead and Buried was a fast paced mystery that I devoured in less than a day. I haven't read too many mysteries or ghost books, and the fact that this dealt with both was pretty awesome. The mystery element of the story is what I liked the most. Trying to figure out who the killer was along with the main protangonist, Jade, made me continue to flip the pages and not want to put the book down! I was dying to find out who did it :)

I must say that the beginning of the story was...more
Feb 13, 2013 Sabrina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the YA genre, expecially fans of "Deadly Cool" by Gemma Halliday
Recommended to Sabrina by: Maja's review
Ingredients of The Dead and Buried: an intelligent and mature teenage girl, a bit of mystery, a little brother to protect, an evil (dead) girl, a spoonful of romance and a huge scoop of friendship. How could I not like it?

This book remindend me closely of Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday, so if you have read and liked it, just pick up this book too; I can almost guarantee that you're going to love it.

Jade, the main character, is very realistic; her thoughts and her actions are always understandable...more
Well, where do I begin with this book? First of all I would like to confess I have a secret guilty pleasure of watching anything Ghost Hunters related. [I even get into the Hunting Bigfoot; I know I’m a dork.] At the first ghost sighting I was immediately hooked. After this came the amazing love triangle and the perfect amount of mystery making The Dead and Buried a must read.

Jade [the main character] is just the most real character/ person I have ever met. She is very what you see is what you...more
Once Upon
Horror, ghost stories, and mysteries aren't at the top of my favorite list of genres to read. So it is always my hope that when I do read a book of this genre that an author comes along and changes that for me. Unfortunately, this was not the one. The cover is simplistic and provides no anticipation of a great read ahead. However, I began this book with a very clear mind, hoping for the best. Wishing for something fresh that would keep me intrigued throughout. Jade is the main character of this...more
Cheyenne Teska
When Jade hears the rumors at her new school, she can only hope that they aren't true. Did the most popular girl really die in her new home, and if so, is her spirit still there? Unnatural events occur, confirming that they're not alone in the house, and Jade will do anything to keep her little brother safe. Teaming up with the dead girl's boyfriend, she decides to get to the bottom of it.

I always enjoy a good murder mystery, especially one involving ghosts. When I first read the description, I...more
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Book Description:
When Jade moves with her father, stepmother and 5-year-old half brother to one of the nicer towns near Boston, everything about their new house seems perfect.
But when people at school look at her weirdly when she mentions her address, Jade understands that something is wrong.
Soon she finds out that Kayla, the most popular girl in school, died in this house last year.
Kayla is still in the house - haunting it. She wants Jade...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Needless to say The Dead and Buried did not work for me. I love a good crime-solving teen as much (if not more) than the next person but this book drove me crazy. There is nothing good to distinguish this from the other crime solving stories. Nothing about the ghost story is new or special. This book just lacks....lacks.

When Jade moves to a big new house in a big new town she's excited to start over. This is what she's always wanted, even if senior year is a little late to make that change. But...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love a good mystery book. Kim Harrington is fantastic when it comes to producing a thrilling story that keeps me at the edge of my seat.

The best part about this book is the great plot. You have a new girl moving into a new house where there has been a murder. No knows how the person died and it's up to Jade to figure out why. I love that the plot move well taking the reader by the hand, pulling deep into the mystery. Right away, Jade jumps into detective mode, asking questions, making assumpti...more
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Kim Harrington is the author of CLARITY, PERCEPTION, THE DEAD AND BURIED, the SLEUTH OR DARE series, and FORGET ME (as K.A. Harrington). She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. When not writing, she's most likely reading, watching one of her favorite TV shows, or fantasizing about her next vacation.
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