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 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?
I read the first book in the Byrne & Balzano series a few years ago and I loved it, although I haven’t continued reading it (I’m planning to!). When I found out that Richard Montanari had released a standalone book and I read the blurb, I knew I couldn’t miss this one. In the end, THE BURIED GIRL was an amazing mystery and a deeply atmospheric novel set in New York and rural Ohio.
The book is divided into different parts and the story spans maaaaaaaany years, from the 1600s to 2019. At first, I was hooked because of the many intriguing elements: a spree of crimes happening every 25 years… 7 vices 7 virtues…. Ritualistic killings… Fires… It had me at the prologue. And another ingredient I love: it’s one of those books where everything is linked and nothing happens by chance.
THE BURIED GIRL is a complex book: there are many storylines and characters to keep track of, which I usually enjoy. But somehow, this time it wasn’t hard to follow at all. I loved Will Hardy and Detta, but my favorite character was probably Ivy, she was brave and fierce and I love this kind of characters who are willing to do anything for the case.
Let me warn you: this is not a whodunnit, you know from the beginning who the killer is. Still, there’s something quite intriguing in here, and I read this in barely two days, dying to learn what the hell was going on and how everything was going to connect in the end. That Will Hardy was a massive movie geek, like me, was another great addition.
THE BURIED GIRL was such a creepy story… and a damn good one! It kind of gave me The Craftsman vibes.
Did you know of this book? I feel like THE BURIED GIRL has gone unnoticed and it’s a pity… totally recommended. 💙