When multiple young girls go missing and are eventually found murdered, law enforcement agencies don’t realize the cases are connected. There aren’t enough clues or evidence to solve one murder in the here-and-now with murders spanning weeks, months and even decades.
What about centuries?
Chief of Police Ivy Lee Holgrave has no idea how far her investigation will reach in the end. The murders take place in and around Ivy’s hometown of Abbeville, Ohio. Haunted by her own tragic connection to the murders, Ivy has been investigating the latest murdered girl’s case—with little headway—for several months when the body count starts to rise… and not just of young girls.
College Professor Will Hardy is aiming for tenure at New York University.
A consultant for television crime shows and a best-selling author, the forensic psychologist should be living his best life, but instead, he’s trying to repair his marriage and family, broken by his total absorption in his work.
Just as things are working out for Will and his family, he loses his wife at the hands of what he believes to be a deranged patient with a penchant for arson.
Guilt-ridden and direction-less, Will learns he’s inherited an estate from a relative he never met… in Abbeville, Ohio. With nothing holding him in New York, Will and his teenage daughter, Detta, head west.
Not only will their lives intersect with Ivy Holgrave’s, the forensic psychologist and police chief will work together to figure out a hidden mystery spanning generations and stop a madman who has Detta in his sights.
Deftly written, The Buried Girl is a slow-build page-turner.
From the beginning of the madness two hundred years in the past—over drawings which were two hundred years old at the time—to the diary entries of a teenage girl a century later, to modern-day text messages, four seemingly separate stories come together to show madness may be crazy, but it isn’t stupid. It’s intelligent, methodical, and patient, and will not be denied.
Likable and sympathetic characters navigate an intricate and sometimes gory plot, not realizing what they’re up against until it’s almost too late. With the heartbreaking pasts of both Ivy and Will, whiny and morose personalities would not be surprising, but the author nails these characterizations and delivers two smart leads who move forward and prevail in spite of their emotional pain.
Not all loose ends are neatly tied in a bow at this read’s conclusion. Not having read this author before, I don’t know if it’s his way of paving the way for a book two or if it’s just to torture readers, but I have sincere questions about Eli and Billy, and I really need to follow Ivy and Frankie into the woods. (HA!)
Readers of mysteries, suspense, police procedurals, and psychological thrillers will get lost in The Buried Girl after only a few pages.
I highly recommend it!
A haunting, nerve-jangling psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Richard Montanari, set in a small town hiding a very dark secret
New York psychologist Will Hardy had it all—a loving family, a flourishing career, a bestselling book. Until the night it all ended in a tempest of fire and ash, leaving only Will and his fifteen-year-old daughter Bernadette to stand in the ruins.
Haunted and grief-stricken, Will accepts an enigmatic invitation from his family’s past 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 dating back decades—including her own long-missing sister.
But what place does Will’s new home have in the story of the missing girls? And what links the killings to the diary of a young woman written over a century earlier? The disappearances in Abbeville have happened before, and now Will’s own daughter might be next…
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: January 8th 2019
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 0062467468 (ISBN13: 9780062467461)
Series: Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #10
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