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On a chill October night, a girl goes missing and sets the small town of Oakridge on edge. Five years later, James is trying to settle himself in a new house and reacquaint himself with a town he’d thought he’d left behind. When girls around town start to go missing again and James begins to suspect his friend might be behind the disappearances, he not only has a difficult ...more
Kindle Edition, First edition, 192 pages
Published February 5th 2012 by Brandi Salazar (first published February 4th 2012)
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Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Supernatural thrillers, mystery, YA mystery/thriller
The author very well understands her characters, so the reader sees them from inside out, as if they were our own friends or family. That makes it simple for us to empathise, and want to see the deserving ones rewarded, the bullies and jerks disciplined or at least going without. Then too, the suspense starts right from the very beginning, with poor loner James’ itinerant friend, A. J., a boy whom only James knows and who is the only person who really respects and befriends James. Before we can ...more
Jonel Boyko
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a different take on literature. I can’t believe how amazingly and accurately well Salazar put this story together. Not only is this an exceedingly well written story, but it is also medically accurate. It is so real that it’s scary. I couldn’t put it down for a second.

Through her amazing narrative and description style Salazar lead the reader to the story’s conclusion before the main character himself got there. Never once did Salazar set aside the progression of her storyline to create sus
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Shalini Ayre
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Clearwater, an awkward thirteen year old has a lonely childhood. He doesn't make friends very easily until he meets AJ. Andrew Jones is vibrant, fun and more importantly accepts James just as he is. They soon become firm friends until Mercy Worthington is murdered. No-one knows what happened and they can't find her body. James' father decides to move the family out of Oakridge - but James can't forget Mercy, a girl he thought he could get to know and even one day marry.

Fast forward a few y
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Gayle Pace
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BURIED SECRETS
by Brandi Salazar

Book Description (from Amazon)
Publication Date: February 4, 2012

How do you live with yourself when you don't even know who you are?

On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while be
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Peter Boysen
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite episodes of "Criminal Minds" stars Frankie Muniz, who grew up as "Malcolm in the Middle." In this episode, though, he is a cartoonist who watched gang members rape and kill his fiancee, and subsequently had a violent break in his personality.

After his break, he goes around the city killing people -- including the gang members who killed his fiancee. The most poignant part of the show involves the killer calling his fiancee's cell phone, over and over again, only to hear it go
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Mary
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I truly enjoy reading books by new (or at least new to me) authors. This has been one of the benefits of joining Goodreads.

Buried Secrets is about James, a young man who moves back to the town his family left several years earlier when his crush, Mercy, had been killed. Other young girls start to die and James has to help figure out who is killing them.

The story was enjoyable but a little predictable. Pretty early on, I was sure that I knew how the story would end and I would have liked to hav
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Elsa Carrion
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another slam dunk! Buried Secrets will have you guessing the entire time, and wondering what James is running from. I can’t even put my thoughts into words. So much I want to say but don’t know how to start or where to being. Wow, this is an awesome story that all ages will enjoy.

James is an 18 year old a senior in HS, very nice toward his friends and can’t wait to finish and leave the small town his parents decided to drag him back to. He was never good at making friends but this time around a
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Rhonda
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archived
Buried secrets is a quick read. Unfortunately, I knew who the killer was about 50% into the book. There were some editing issues, such as "His parents, he noticed, seemed more ridged than ever." Rigid was probably the intended word, but ridged was the word used. There were some repeated words and grammatical errors.

Otherwise, it was a decent book. It was fast moving and well written. The dialogue was good and flowed naturally. The descriptions were well done, not overdone and not too wordy. The
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Ronni
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Cheryl Dwyer
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Once you start reading it you cant stop. It flowed seamlessly. It kept your attention and you just weren't quite sure what would happen next. Great read.
Laureen
This was a good read. I was able to predict right away what was happening, but that did not detract from the story. The author did a brest job with the characters, very believable.
Linda Wilkinson-wing
This is a well-written mystery that leaves you guessing. Enjoyable reading. Brandi's style is very direct and easy to read. I would recommend this book to mystery readers.
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Brandi Salazar started writing poetry, short stories, and novels at a very young age, weaving tales to share with her friends that were geared toward making them laugh. Today her writing habits reflect that, ranging from mystery/suspense/thriller to paranormal and YA romance, and no matter how different her works may be, you can always find a healthy dose of action, romance, and humor. Under the p ...more
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“Virginia screamed, grabbing for the door handle and nearly throwing herself from the moving car.

James swerved to the side of the road, slamming on the brakes before she killed herself trying to escape. As it was, she flung herself from the car, falling to her knees and scrambling to her feet. Then she ran. Took off like a bolt until she rounded the bend and disappeared from view.

'Way to go, slick,' AJ said snarkily, climbing into the front seat. 'You ran her off.”
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“You look good, Clearwater. Been working out?' Danie teased.

'He does, doesn't he?'Janelle agreed. 'This will totally work.'

James' eyes darted back and forth between the girls, his head spinning. 'Wait, what will work?”
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