#Review “The Buried Girl” by Richard Montanari

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5/5 Stars!

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!

Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

 

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…

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Book Details

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Witness Impulse

Publication Date: January 8th 2019

Number of Pages: 400

ISBN: 0062467468 (ISBN13: 9780062467461)

Series: Jessica Balzano & Kevin Byrne #10

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Synopsis:

The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari

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…

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Book Details

Genre: Mystery

Published by: Witness Impulse

Publication Date: February 26th 2019

Number of Pages: 400

ISBN: 0062467468 (ISBN13: 9780062467461)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Read an excerpt:

Amsterdam March 22, 1819 On the third day of his madness Dr Rinus van Laar tasted the mouth of the devil. He stepped from the ruin of his home, into the courtyard where the body of his wife, dead these three days, had begun to soften and pigment. He remembered the first time he had seen Anna that day by the river. Her skin was now the color of dry bones. Anna’s killer lay scattered beside her in seven pieces. Six, Rinus amended. He could not remember where he had put the man’s head. He longed to look once more into those lifeless eyes. He pulled the dropper from the amber bottle, let six drops of mandragora onto his tongue. He closed his eyes to the fury of the onslaught. Some time later he carefully returned the drawings to the leather portfolio. Fourteen preliminary sketches by the master, already more than two centuries old. Seven vices. Seven virtues. It was this treasure the killer sought. It was in defense of this treasure that Anna had given her life. He placed the portfolio into the steamer trunk, latched it, secured the iron lock. As he prepared to leave he considered the aviary snare. The white bird studied him, its silver eyes watching, waiting, a thin leather strap tightly coiled around one leg. Rinus van Laar looked one last time at his wife, and saw the tiny tendril; a bright green leaf against the matte claret of Anna’s drying blood. In her virtue there was life. Six hours later, his infant son in his arms, Rinus van Laar left for America. *** BEING THE TRUE DIARY AND JOURNAL OF EVA CLAIRE LARSSEN October 21 1868 We left Midlothian before dawn. I am riding back wagon with Deirdre Samuelsson and her brother Jonah. Jonah is still small, and thinks of all this as an adventure. Deirdre is my age, just fourteen, and terribly shy due to her stammer. They say six hundred thousand died in the war. Imagine. Daddy was killed at Manassas. Mama also died from Yankee hellfire, but not right away. Not Sonja Larssen. She held ground three years, and breathed her last yesterday at noon. Our first day’s journey took us seven miles. The dead walk behind us. November 9, 1868 The rain is endless. We got stuck twice on the road out of Rowleton, where we picked up two weeks domestic work. Mr. Samuelsson had to ask some local boys and their mules to help pull the wagon from the culvert. My sweater got soaking wet, and as the wool dried by the fire last night it smelled of Mama. I cried myself to sleep again. April 9, 1869 We crossed the Ohio River at Wheeling this morning. Deidre and I went to the general store and bought nails and tobacco for Mr. Samuelsson. He let us buy some fruit, and I had the most delicious pear. Ohio looks like home before the war. April 16, 1869 I awoke to the sound of church bells. When I climbed down from the wagon I saw that we were stopped on the crest of a hill overlooking the most beautiful valley I have ever seen. When I stepped to the edge I saw them for the first time. Two grand houses facing each other across a field of green, houses so important they even have names. Veldhoeve and Godwin Hall. I will be working at one, and staying in the other. Imagine. April 24, 1869 All the buildings here are freshly painted and well cared for. The war did not come to this place. When we reached the town square I looked at the plaque. Abbeville, Ohio. Est. 1790 Sitting on top of the plaque was a beautiful white bird, its pearl feathers glossed with early morning rain. I sat on the bench across from it and took out my pencils and pad. This is my drawing. Although I am not taken by such notions, as I left the square, I could swear that bird was watching me. Tomorrow morning I will begin work at Godwin Hall. If you are reading this, if the sun now shines where you stand, it means I am long forgotten. If you are reading this, it means I never made it back home again. *** Excerpt from The Buried Girl by Richard Montanari. Copyright © 2019 by Richard Montanari. Reproduced with permission from Witness Impulse. All rights reserved.

 

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Richard MontanriAuthor Bio:

RICHARD MONTANARI is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Echo Man, The Devil’s Garden, Play Dead, The Rosary Girls, The Skin Gods and Broken Angels, as well as the internationally acclaimed thrillers Kiss of Evil, Don’t Look Now (previously published as Deviant Way) and The Violet Hour. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Dreams Illuminate” by Michelle Iden, Emerson Miller

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Title: Dreams Illuminate

Author: Michelle Iden

Genre: Middle Grade Urban Fantasy Mystery

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” –Albert Einstein

What could possibly be happening to Emerson Hill? When she touches an index card, the first color in a rainbow (red)—she’s whisked away to another domain–and given a glimpse of her first dream illuminating. She finds herself in a very hot desert having fun sand-boarding.

This mystery unfolds within a three year period. Emerson gets six more exploding dreams and experiences that coordinate with the other colors of the rainbow. Emerson has headaches from keeping her secret. She’s afraid to tell her parents that secret because they might commit her to a psych facility. She finally lets her best friend, Morgann Stone know what’s going on.

A mystical creature named Mondulalore follows and records Emerson’s movements without her knowledge. He’s able to make himself invisible with a touch of a button. And at times morphs into a human. He reports to his bosses, King London Dolloway and Queen Cortex Dolloway of the Kingdom Galen which is perched on a faraway planet, Bamore. This planet is unknown to the whole world.

Time’s ticking as EM and Morgann attempt to solve this mysterious force. They research sixteen areas, such as, witches, domains, realms, planets, telepathy, etc., to help them uncover clues of these unexplained events.

In the end, Emerson, now a junior in high school is faced with a difficult choice. Will she keep living her present life or forever have her entire past erased from memory to be handed a bright future? Which one will she pick? Which one would you select?

This electrifying, jaw-dropping urban fantasy mystery will bedazzle you. Get reading. Join Emerson on her journey of magic, excitement, fear, and mystery.

 

 

Author Bio

Michelle Iden is a retired counselor. She is published in her area of academia. She penned her first fiction novel, Emma Beware, Book One in her YA suspense series. Book Two, Clara Beware soon followed. She is currently working on the final book in the series, Helen Beware.

Michelle loves God. She likes spending time with family and her two grand-daughters, traveling, writing, reading, researching, cooking healthy dishes and working out.

Emerson Miller lives in the Midwest and attends middle school. She lives with her parents and two cats. She likes to dance, hang-out with friends, travel, bake, camp, run, read and write.

 

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