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My rating: 3 stars
***Copy of this book provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.***
"Dusty has always been a hothead, far more impulsive than her twin, Nick, the calm, cool and collected one of the pair. But Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty simply can’t rest until she finds out who–or what–has killed her brother.
Sure the local authorities aren’t being straight with her–or anyone else–about what’s been going on in their little upper Michigan town, Dusty delays going off to college for a semester, defying her father and stepmother and taking a job in the local bar to start doing some digging.
Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend and the town bad boy. The tension and rivalry between Dusty and Shane has always been palpable and sparks fly as the two collide. Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane and the mystery of what happened to her brother–and a lengthening list of victims–grows even stranger.
When everything comes to a head, Dusty focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane is keeping a secret and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another."
Buried Secrets was one tough book to label. New adult, mystery/suspense, romance, paranormal...That last one I didn't expect and it's probably what bugged me the most.
Storyline. So, we meet Dusty, eighteen year old girl, on funeral of her twin brother Nick. She's inconsolable and can't get over the fact that her brother was killed. Who jumps in? Nick's best friend Shane. Of course. Dusty tries to find out what happened and soon enough find herself in the arms of town's infamous bad boy. Quite predictable story. If you stop here. Emme Rollins didn't stop. That was my main problem with this book. It's almost as if you have two separated stories mixed into one book - love story and mystery and they just don't work out together. Other thing which I didn't like was ending. Paranormal part was a deal breaker for me. Until that point I thought that I'll at least like Buried Secrets because of mystery, but that killed it for me.
Characters. Dusty has a potential to be a likeable character, so does Shane, but, again, it's like in the first half of the book author decided to write new adult novel and in the second adult novel. In the first half of the book they are acting like kids, but later they are too much like those characters from cheap romance novels where they are all using this big words in intimate conversation that you'd never use in real life. But it's not just the way they are talking, it's whole setting (note: pay attention to Shane's cabin in the woods). The most interesting character was actually Nick, Dusty's dead brother.
Final judgement. Buried Secrets is a novel with lot of potential but it still needed lot of work to be just right.
Until next time,