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The Buried Girl

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  78 reviews
When New York psychologist Will Hardy's wife is killed, he and his teenage daughter Bernadette move into Godwin Hall, a dusty, shut-up mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio.

Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders dating back decades - including her o

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Published January 8th 2019 by Witness Impulse (first published October 11th 2018)
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Sumit RK
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-tbr
The Buried Girl is an atmospheric thriller with the storyline spanning nearly two centuries. It blends a psychological thriller set in a small historical American town with a modern-day police procedural.

New York psychologist Will Hardy inherits an old mansion and after decides to begin their lives anew in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio. Meanwhile, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy Holgrave is investigating the death of a local girl, convinced this may only be the latest in a long line of murders
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a chilling psychological thriller with gothic elements from a favourite author of mine, Richard Montanari, who here moves in a different direction from his long running series. In the 19th century, Dr Rinus Van Laar, leaves Amsterdam to settle in Ohio in the US. In the present, 38 year old Dr Will Hardy is a forensic psychologist who has worked with the NYPD and as a consultant on TV and movies, and written a bestselling book. His wife, Amanda, a social worker is tragically murdered, and ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Montanari is one of those rare writers that I get so ridiculously excited about when I hear his latest book is about to be published, and The Buried Girl, his latest standalone, is even better than his previous novels; I never thought that was possible, but he just keeps getting better. Suffice to say Montanari is one of the best in the business, and a master of suspense. This captivating, gothic-tinged tale is as atmospheric as they come and has a cast of engaging characters to boot. I ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Buried Girl is a standalone, intelligent psychological thriller from Richard Montanari, maintaining his trademark chills but telling a different story.
It was beautifully atmospheric, with some intriguing and highly engaging characters and as usual with this author a bit of a page turner.
Will and Detta, dealing with the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, make a sudden move to Abbeville, a small town with a dark past that still lingers in the present time. Through an old diary and ongoing events
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
My favorite kind of book is those that make me discover new authors. Like this one, The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari took me by surprise. I partly read and partly listened to the audio version and I had a blast. When I read did I forget to check how many percents I had read (The good and bad thing about ebooks). When I listened to the book did the job go so much better since I was so caught up in this story that I breezed through my job.

This is the kind of crime novel I love to read. I'm a b
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Montanari never disappoints! "The Buried Girl" had it all. . . cryptic, mind-bending, thrilling, sentimentality (love and loss) and mystery.
Scott Brick (as always) is phenomenal as narrator - making an already great book an off the charts listening experience every time!
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few of Richard Montanari's Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne crime series, but this is completely different. An absolutely riveting mystery thriller which spans almost 200 years. The plot meanders along punctuated by acts of extreme violence as a grief stricken Will Hardy and his daughter Detta come to terms with the horrific murder of Will's wife Amanda.
They leave New York and move to Godwin Hall, a run down mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio. There, the Chief of Police Ivy Ho
Jennifer Nolan
Like all of his books that I've read so far it was a great book. I highly recommend this book.
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Buried Girl, a stand alone thriller set in New York and rural Ohio.

When forensic psychologist Will Hardy’s wife, Amanda, is killed in New York he decides to accept an unexpected inheritance and moves with his teenage daughter, Detta, to Godwin Hall in the village of Abbeville, Ohio where police Chief Ivy Holgrave is investigating a decades long series of murdered and missing teenage girls. With the killer
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Crime, Psychological Thrillers, Anyone
This book caught my eye as I loved the synopsis and I read a lot of books from this genre, although I haven’t read any of the author, Richard Montanari’s books before.

“The Buried Girl” is a chilling psychological thriller with some added Gothic elements.

When the wife of a New York psychologist, Will Hardy, is murdered he moves into Godwin Hall, a dusty, shut-up mansion in the small town of Abbeville, Ohio, with his teenage daughter, Bernadette.

At the same time, Abbeville Chief of Police Ivy
Trish R.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

There were things I liked about this book, but I can’t see me reading anything else by this author. It was very confusing at times and parts left me totally lost. I liked the players, Ivy, Will and Detta but who the hell was Billy? The author never did tell you.

This was about murders that started 150 years ago and continued into today by a lunatic.

No romance and the F-bomb was used 19 times.

As to the narration: Love, love, love Scott Brick, even if he does need a little help with his women’s v
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I have always loved this author. Felt let down by this book, slow and meandering. Not the pace I like.
The Reading Raccoon
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-arc
Read for Popsugar Reading Challenge “book featuring a deadly sin”.
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for this review copy of The Buried Girl.

I typically avoid “serial killer” books for all the reasons exemplified by this book. It was overly convoluted and had way too many plot threads of the past and present spread out all over the place.
Our main character Will was given every job under the sun which made him like a cardboard cutout of a person instead of a sympathetic and relatable chara
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book from this author, I have read all of his books and I have never been disappointed!!!!!!
This can be read as a stand alone. A psychological thriller with touches of the gothic and is so CREEPY. A compelling read which had me reading late into the night. I read this amazing book in one sitting, turning the pages faster and faster I just had to keep on reading. This book like all the rest of this authors work does not pull any punches. Packed to the rafters with tension and su
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first book by Mr. Montanari. It was a nice, good showing. There were elements that I enjoyed a lot. Enough good things that I would read another book by Mr. Montanari.

Detective Ivy is one of the good elements. She had a good head on her shoulders that showed her intelligence. She was not one of those take a backseat cop. She did lead the investigation. Here is where I did lose some of the interest in the story and that was with the main character and murder investigation as a whole.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing and totally gripping thriller/mystery from Montanari about a forensic psychologist, Will, and his daughter, Detta, who move to an inherited estate in Ohio after the brutal death of his wife in New York as a fresh start. The local police chief, Ivy, has been investigating the disappearance of many a young girl over several decades, including her own sister. The two paths meet and begin to unravel the mystery which may involve Will and Detta in ways they could not predict. The writing i ...more
Renita D'Silva
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautiful writing. Great mystery.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I found this book a bit confusing as there was a diary that kept being referred to from Eva Larsen, I believe she was a missing girl but it did note it was from her. Then we had we had the pieces from Chief Ivy Holgrave and Dr Will Hardy, it took a long time for these two to come together. Then Ivy and Will worked together on solving the missing girl case.

It took a very long time for me to get into the book and I think this worked against my enjoyment of this author's work which I usually enjoy
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I actually didn't get into this story very much. It wasn't very captivating. What I did enjoy about it though was the skilled and professional voice of Scott Brick who reads this novel for the listener. I found out that he's recorded over 800 books and if you listen to him you will realize why. Very well presented.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
This had the potential to be much more. I found the style a bit odd, not what I'd expect from Montanari.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Absolutely horrible. I kept going just hoping it would get better and it absolutely does not. I had to stop... and I don't often stop. Seriously just don't.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
not going to finish this
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Will Hardy is a forensic psychologist from New York. I've Holgrave is a small town cop from Abbeville. How do the lives of these two people living miles apart intertwine to bring us a very haunting and atmospheric story?

Granted at the start of this book I did wonder how all the characters and their stories were linked. You have got Will and Detta, his daughter in New York. Ivy digging into a centuries old mystery of disappearing teenage girls. We have journal excerpts dating back to the 1800s o
After NYC psychologist Will Hardy's wife is brutally murdered at the hands of one of his patients, he and his daughter Bernadette leave the for the Ohio countryside to a run down house that was left unexpectedly to Hardy in a family inheritance. He befriends Police Chief Ivy Lee Holgrove who enlists Will's help unraveling clues in a current case of numerous missing girls and a rash of unexplained deaths which appear to be suicides. This e-book is a stand alone thriller with deep historic and rit ...more
Mar 17, 2019 added it
Loved it. Another great thriller from one of my favourite authors!
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This was a new to me author that I had the opportunity to read, and definitely one that I will continue to look for!

From the book's haunting cover design to the intriguing synopsis, I was completely hooked. This was such a chilling mystery, accented with gothic elements, that was delivered in an especially intelligent and thought-provoking way. Intensely atmospheric in its descriptiveness, the mood was great
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a chilling psychological thriller

This story had the potential to be gripping but it just seemed lack something. It took a while to get going and by the middle of the story you want to find out what happens but the ending was just tame. This felt like a really good first/second draft of the story but in my option there needed to be more polish done to it before it was really ready.
Marisia Robus
An intriguing story which is very confusing at times. In my opinion it was not as good as previous books of his, but still enjoyable
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of this author's Balzano & Byrne series so I was quite excited to get my hands on this standalone book from him.
It starts off a little slow but that is to build the foundations of what is to come and the pace also serves to build up the tension. Way back in the past, we follow Dr Rinus van Laar as he emigrates from his native Holland to the US; specifically Ohio. Back in the present and we meet recently widowed Dr Will Hardy, a forensic psychologist, who, together is daughter Dett
Narah Quinn
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
3.5/5 (rounded down for goodreads)

I really like Richard Montanari as a rule, especially his Byrne and Balzano series, and I was surprised to find this stand alone on the shelf in the library as I had no idea he had another one out.

I enjoyed this, and I liked the way it all linked back, but it felt like it took a real long time to get going, with about 50 pages at the beginning leading to the death of our main characters wife, which would be f
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