A haunting, nerve-jangling psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Richard Montanari set in a small town hiding a very dark secret.
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?
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 this dark past starts to come to light.
The Buried Girl works on more than one level – as a portrait of grief and an attempt to readjust, the Father/Daughter relationship is beautifully done. Then we have a creepy, intense mystery element that is unpredictable and fascinating with a rich history and mythology that is utterly gripping.
I loved Will, Detta and Ivy – as a trio of characters they all brought depth to the storytelling. The small town vibe is classically excellent and I was riveted by the events unfolding on the page.
I hope this ends up being more than a standalone, plenty of life left yet even as one part concludes in edge of the seat fashion. I want to know what else is buried in Abbeville, I’m sure there is more to be said and I for one will wait hopefully to find that out.
Overall absolutely excellent. One of my favourite thriller writers working today.