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Buried Appearances

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  20 reviews
What if everything you ever thought to be true was a lie?

Nazi! A deliberate taunt to provoke her.

Skylar wasn't a Nazi. She hadn't even been alive during the Second World War. Yet, she was bullied and insulted with that word. All because of a grandfather she never knew.

A letter informing her of the discovery of her grandfather's remains changes everything.

If her grandfather
Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published November 24th 2013 by D.E. Haggerty
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Bill Ward
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read about Skylar, who is searching for the truth about her Dutch grandfather's role in the second world war. She has been brought up in the USA by her grandmother, believing him to be a Nazi sympathiser and this has impacted severely on her very troubled childhood. Her mother has walked out on the family when Skylar was only 18 moths old and her father has committed suicide when she was ten. All this has led to Skylar having only one friend and no family after her gran ...more
Scott Skipper
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in a Dutch enclave in Michigan, Skylar endures the stigma of her grandfather’s Nazi collaboration. The pressure coming from the community drives her mother to abandon her as an infant, which pushes her father to drunkenness and eventually suicide. Ten years after the death of the grandmother who raised her, a letter arrives from Holland. Unable to read Dutch, she takes it to a friend of her late grandmother who not only translates it, but tells Skylar a remarkable piece of information ...more
Frederick Coxen
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Riveting!! Like a detective searching for a killer, Skylar Dewitt starts her research in Holland, Michigan and ends up the Netherlands. During her journey she finds a family she never knew existed. A true mystery thriller as she peels away the layers of history until she finds what will release her pent up anger and changes her life.

I was taken in immediately because I grew-up in Michigan and have visited Holland on several occasions. Since I have been involved in researching family history, the
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical, mystery
This was a very good book. A mystery if you will. And a very good one. It keeps you guessing almost until the end.

It starts out with Skylar Dewitt, who has been been ostracized her entire life because of her grandfather’s well-known sympathies with the Nazis.

But now Skylar's Oma's (grandmother, who is deceased) friend reads a letter that Skylar's received stating that her grandfather's body has been recovered in the Netherlands in an area famous for being a Nazi killing ground. So the questions
Mike Billington
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book if, in truth, I was not always in love with its main character; a woman I found to be the stereotypical "American abroad."
That said, author D. E. Haggerty has crafted what I think is an exceptional novel that blends history with a young woman's personal journey of discovery. Her narrative is straightforward, not full of clever literary tricks, and I think her decision to present this story in that way is exactly right.
When 'Buried Appearances' begins we learn that the main char
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
* I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *

Buried Appearances is the story of Skylar Dewitt. A young woman all alone in the world with the exception of her best, and only, friend Andy. Skylar's grandmother, Oma, immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands when Skylar's father was very young. Oma's husband Joost was a suspected Nazi sympathizer and life in Holland was very difficult at that time for the family of Nazi sympathizers. Oma trie
Marie-Jo Fortis
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Although it reads fairly well and is not devoid of suspense, Buried Appearances does not read quite like the novel it claims to be. It reads more like a journal. In choosing a voice, the author might have gone a little too casual. This isn’t to say that the book is uninteresting because, in many ways, it is. Not only is it a desperate attempt to discharge a family member of a hated identity (Nazi, with all its crimes); it is a quest for an identity. And what stands now as a solid work could hav ...more
Les Huntley
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Not Your Usual Novel

D.E. Haggerty here presents an unusual kind of novel. It is a narrative describing a young woman’s struggle to overcome the effects of a childhood marred by her mother’s abandonment and her drunken father’s suicide. All this stems from the lasting contempt of a Dutch community for the descendants of a countryman who aided the Nazis in WWII.
Ten years after the death of her Oma, the last surviving family member, alone except for one faithful friend, and bummed out after being
Gary Williams
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I know it's been a good book when I feel disappointed that it's coming to a close. That's how I felt with this book - like I'd miss her and her new found family.
I was initially surprised by this book's first person, present tense description of everything as it happens, right now, seen though the eyes of the girl it is happening to. At the start of the book, she's an angry character, that has no family left in the US, but by the time she gets to Holland and nervously approaches family she has n
Jeroen Spaan
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Buried Appearances describes the life of Skylar, a 30 year old woman. She lives in a small community in Michigan, founded by people of Dutch origin. During her childhood an article with a picture of her grandfather in an NSB uniform, a Dutch fascist movement loyal to the Nazis during WW2 is published. Her family is condemned by the community and their lives change forever. Now Skylar has received news from the Netherlands that the remains of her Grandfather have been found. She sets out on a que ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very heartfelt tale completely dripping in history. It’s not a light fluffy tale, but it’s one that I could barely put down. Haggerty brings forth controversial topics in a manner that makes the approachable while telling a very captivating story. The author has an in-depth and well put together storyline that leads you forwards, wanting to know more and more about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. I felt like I was traveling alongside the characters. Hagger ...more
Maggie Thom
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Skylar has always had this black cloud over her - her grandfather was a Nazi sympathizer. She has always believed that and hated it. Then suddenly some news comes in, they've found his body. Where they found him seems to confirm that he must have been a Nazi sympathizer but she has an opportunity to go to Germany and find out for sure. This woman now has to go back 66 years to try to find out the truth. In her quest she discovers she has family that she never knew existed. This is an interesting ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for my honest review!

This was a really good book! The writing is well done and easy to read. The story was very intriguing. Buried Appearances takes you on a journey with Sklyar as she discovers the truth about her grandfather. Not only does she learn the truth about her grandfather, she discovers family that she did not know she had. Her journey takes to through heartache, anger, and loneliness. As she discovers her roots she begins to heal from the pain of her ch
Mies Spaan-clemens
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Buried Appearances was for me, someone who consciously experienced the last two years of WWII, a revelation.
The author captured the ambiance that prevailed between the people during and after the war perfectly.
Additionally, the descriptions of the locations and the events are accurate. The description of the main character’s quest along with her slow, steady progress increases the suspense. The book reads like a detective novel, but with a more severe topic.
I recommend this book not just to peop
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Buried Appearances and the author had the knack of making me want to read one more chapter before turning the lights out. I know little about what occurred in Holland in World War 2 but the book appears to be extremely well researched. It is 'suspenseful' but not in the conventional sense of the word. Suspense is normally associated with fear or the edge of the seat drama but the suspense in this book comes from hope and not knowing. As a reader I found myself hoping that Skylar would ...more
Cj Mackenzie
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have received this book in exchange of an honest review.

This is exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading. It is all about a great mystery that kept me guessig right until the end.
This is not jusst a mystery, though. There's an interesting backstory and deals with the struggles our heroine faces to overcome her past.
I enjoyed the charactes in this book and thought the story itself was very intersting and different.

Anyone who likes mysteries mixed with a good story will be able to enjoy this b
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps I'm biased because I'm an American living in the Netherlands and because I know the author, but I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice mix of mystery and family drama set in places I'm familiar with.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nazi. That word alone makes an entire world within itself. Add that word as a title inflicted upon someone generations beyond the actual events and a haunting reclusive world seems the only respite. Skylar Dewitt, thirty-something, young women from Zeeland, Michigan, has learned that her Dutch influenced town can never seem to forget the horrors of their pasts. Skylar has never known peace since her birth, the loss of her Oma was the last link to hope she had left. Skylar is also known as a whiz ...more
Cherie Melbourne
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buried Appearances

A very interesting read which brings home the realization of what European countries suffered at the hands of Nazi regime. I liked the characters and the way their story was told.
I'm on a roll with D.E. Haggerty stories at the moment and I'm enjoying the story telling.
Vavia J. Rudd
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Appearances

This book fascinated me just as trying to learn more about my own Dutch and German ancestors did. Though not from this time period I could not put the book down until I got to the end. It was well written and I could not help but feel great empathy for Skylar. I will be looking for more books by you.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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