Monday, October 26, 2015

Digging Up Truths - WRI Fright Fest 2015 Reviews: Better Left Buried by Belinda Frisch

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Better Left Buried by Belinda Firsch
Pages: 386
Publisher: Author self published
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Rating: ☆☆☆

A spirit board, a murder, and a cold case that refuses to stay hidden. 

A forbidden friendship with deep family roots, one father abandons his daughter while another goes missing, and the mysterious connection between the Wolcotts and the Millers sets seventeen-year-old Harmony Wolcott on a path to rediscover the truth behind a night no one is willing to talk about. 

Together with her best friend Brea Miller, Harmony investigates her childhood, starting with a street address provided by a spirit board. Skeptical about the information's authenticity, Harmony reluctantly follows the lead, going deeper into her past with each dangerous turn as she researches the Maple Avenue residence. The dilapidated house seems like something from another lifetime, a place of mixed memories where Harmony and Brea's friendship had started, and where their families' lives had intersected years earlier. What happened there might well be the town of Reston's best kept secret. 

A tragic discovery threatens to unravel Harmony's already turbulent life, bringing those she loves down with her and proving with devastating consequences that sometimes the past is better left buried.

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My Review
This turned out to be a good book. I thought this was going to be a cheesy read but what a pleasant surprise. The story revolves around Harmony and Brea. Brea is the good girl considered a bit of a weirdo definitively not part of the popular crowd. Harmony is for sure the outcast. She was dealt a bad hand before birth.

Harmony starts to have a reoccurring incident that happens at 2:34. Whatever it is asks for help but harms her while doing so. In an attempt to find out what is going on she and Brea tries to summon whatever it is. It works but now Brea is caught up in this mess too.

Brea family has been trying to keep her away from Harmony for years. Now that things have become strange she goes looking to find out just what is the deal between her parents and Harmony's. The answer isn't as bad as she thought but still a f-ed up for Harmony. In the end, tragedy strikes leaving all involved to wonder what more could have been done.

I really liked both characters but Harmony pulls at your heart. Yes she could have turned out a different way. She could have looked at her situation with the determination of wanting to beat it. But let's face it. We hear those stories because people who do that I don't think is the norm. But I think most people get lost in the misery. Then if the person can find something to live for he/she will probably beginning the process of living again. But if the person has lost all hope, when death has an allure than life can't match, he/she will continue to fall into the darkness.

Harmony was destined for darkness from before birth. I wanted Harmony to find the light but I wasn't going to be surprised if things didn't turn out well for her. I found Brea mother highly annoying. I am sorry but it's one thing not to want your daughter to hang around a bad crowd, it's quite another to blame Harmony for her lot in life. Instead of criticizing why didn't she offer her help and the love she knew she wasn't getting from her mother. I know that wasn't her job but it would have been more productive than adding to this girl feeling of unworthiness.

So as you can tell I liked the book. It grabbed me and didn't let go. I didn't rate it higher as it is considered a horror read but I didn't find it all that spooky. Other than that...Happy Reading!

About the Author

After the author's fifteen years of working in health care, Belinda Frisch's stories can't help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she'd like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

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