The Buried Girl (Paperback)

A Novel of Suspense

By Richard Montanari

Witness Impulse, 9780062467478, 480pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2019

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“Taut, propulsive and darkly gripping, Montanari is a master of suspense.” –Chris Ewan

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…

About the Author

A novelist, screenwriter, and essayist, Richard Montanari's work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and scores of other national and regional publications. He is the OLMA-winning author of the internationally acclaimed thrillers Deviant Way and The Violet Hour that have now been published in more than twenty countries. Montanari currently makes his home in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is slavish only to the high arts of boxing, Italian food, and independent film.

Praise For The Buried Girl: A Novel of Suspense

“Richard Montanari has long been among my favourite crime writers.... I devoured [The Buried Girl]—all the time regretting the pace of my reading—because it brought me to the end all too soon.”
— Ashley Dyer, author of Splinter in the Blood, on THE BURIED GIRL

“An ambitious and memorable thriller.”

“A chilling expose . . . skillfully woven with a couple of surprising twists at the end . . . as ever with Montanari, the relationship between Balzano and Byrne is compelling. A great summer read!”
CrimeWarp on SHUTTER MAN

“A blood-drenched thriller about a group of imperfectly domesticated boys who came from the same blighted neighborhood and grew up to become criminals and killers — and cops... Living side by side, they create a place you might call home. Or hell.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review, on SHUTTER MAN

“In Montanari’s exceptional ninth procedural featuring Det. Kevin Byrne and ADA Jessica Balzano... the brisk plot quickly becomes an engrossing story of a neighborhood’s residents—those who escape, those who stay, and those who are buried there.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review), on SHUTTER MAN

“When it comes to psychological suspense, no one does it better than Richard Montanari.”

“A real-page-turner...The novel is, like the nameless killer’s victims, well executed-and, like the killer himself, fiendishly twisted.”
— Booklist

“A no-holds-barred thriller.”
— Publishers Weeekly

“KISS OF EVIL is a pulse-quickening, deftly crafted page-turner.”
— Denver Post

“Montanari’s most exciting and compelling read to date.”
— Cleveland Free Times

“An intelligent, terrifying thriller...KISS OF EVIL takes incalculable turns to its very satisfying end.”
— Sun Sentinel