Book & Author details:
Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow
(The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Southern Gothic
Reese Everett’s aunt picked a bad time to die. Just weeks after a car accident left Reese’s mother unable to travel, her aunt’s house needs to be emptied and sold, leaving Reese as the only member of the family who can do the job. She typically wouldn’t balk at the opportunity to sift through her aunt’s collection of antiques, but when she arrives in Devil’s Vale, Georgia, she discovers the family house in a state of disrepair she won’t be able to handle alone.
Colton Waters is back in Devil’s Vale – whether he likes it or not. After he loses his acceptance to medical school with no explanation, he’s left with a single job offer…one that will return him to the hometown he’d hoped to escape.
When an errand to help his sister ends in a meeting with Reese neither will easily forget, Colton takes a job as her temporary handyman.
The longer Reese stays in town, the more she realizes the condition of her aunt’s house isn’t the only thing she hadn’t expected when she made the trip to Devil’s Vale. Reese isn’t the only gifted member of the family – her aunt Kate has been practicing the family business…the business Reese has been sworn never to discuss.
After a ghostly visitor arrives one night, Reese and Colton learn Kate wasn’t the only one practicing the darker arts. They begin to uncover secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Here They Lie won the Young Adult Romance Writer’s 2014 award for New Adult fiction.
I was pleased when I saw a quote from Macbeth in the beginning of the book. The setting is southern, which makes it a perfect read for me since I live in the South. On page 7 I even saw a small town near me mentioned. That was cool. Not many people have heard of Waynesboro. The main character has to go pack up her aunt’s estate and ends up having to go do it alone because neither of her parents could make it. Her mother is recovering from an injury and her father had to stay and run the family business in New Orleans. Real estate by day, ghost tours by night. This might sound funny or weird to some people, but if you have ever been in the south, especially New Orleans, you would know this isn’t unusual at all. Ghost tours in New Orleans are a great way for the locals to make money.
However, the start of Chapter 2 confused me. The book is written in first person and apparently the point of view for Chapter 2 is a different character. Someone else entirely, yet there was nothing to indicate this. It was quite confusing until I was able to put it all together that the character was someone different. I think the story would be a lot better if it was written in third person or if there was more indication of which character was which. I spent too much time trying to figure out how the character that just got dropped off at her aunt’s house to pack things up somehow was cleaning up a coach’s office in the next chapter. Then back to the other character in chapter 3. Other than that, the writing was very well done. I didn’t see any spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors that jumped out at me. The flow and pace of the story makes it a fun read.
D’Ann Burrow once told her preschool teacher she wanted to be a witch when she grew up. That simple comment signaled the start of a life-long fondness of things that go bump in the night. As she grew older, she could most often be found with her nose buried in a book, and she was especially fond of the Nancy Drew series as well as anything by Christopher Pike or Stephen King. Occasionally she’d take a trip to the world of the classics where The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Little Princess reigned among her favorites. She’s lost count of the times she’s read Little Women.
Today, D’Ann enjoys the world of Supernatural, stories about guys with fangs, and she’s seldom met a disaster film she hasn’t liked. When she grows up, she’d like to work at the Haunted Mansion. Until then, watching Ghost Hunters will have to count as research.
D’Ann writes about secrets people keep. Even the bravest heroine or a guy with a heart of gold has a few skeletons in the closet they’d rather not share with the world. When those secrets get out, things get interesting.
A Texas native, she knows making great guacamole is an art form. As a theater mom, she’ll happily chat about Broadway musicals by the hour. Molly and Lizzie, the family furry ones, are frequent stars of her Instagram account.
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Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01638N2I4
iBooks - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/here-they-lie/id1046047369?ls=1&mt=11
Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/here-they-lie
BN - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/here-they-lie-d-k-burrow/1122740209?ean=2940150953215
Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/D_K_Burrow_Here_They_Lie?id=74ulCgAAQBAJ&hl=en
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