Here They Lie by D’Ann Burrow
(The Bloodstone Legacy #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Southern Gothic
~ Synopsis ~
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.
~ Review by Kelly ~
****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you****
Here They Lie is a new adult paranormal mystery book. It is told from Reese and Colton’s POV.
While there is a romance woven into the story, I would not consider it a romance. It is centered on Reese trying to figure out what is going on in the town of Devil’s Veil, what her Aunt Kate was doing, and too many coincidences that cannot be random. Colton was dealing with his father and again too many coincidences to be random. There is definitely a connection with Reese and Colton along with some kissing; it is not the main focus of the book. I have a feeling that may change in sequels to the book.
The story is very detailed and interesting. The author does a great job weaving details into the mystery without giving the storyline away. If you have read many paranormal books like I have, there are details that increase the intensity of the book. There were scenes I read I developed goose bumps along with Reese.
I had a few issues with the story. The chapters were not labeled whose chapter it was. In the beginning, Reese and Colton’s voice sounded the same in the beginning. I also didn’t know anything about them and their lives to make context conclusions. They also didn’t alternate every chapter. Reese might have 3 chapters then Colton would have a chapter. The voices became more distinct as the book went on which helped. The end was a little confusing. I thought I understood what was going on but a character said something that didn’t make sense to what I thought was going on. I went back and re-read the chapter to make sure I knew what was happening. The ending is awesome though.
The book ends with a quasi-cliffhanger ending but on a positive note. No book hangover. Overall I really liked the book but short of amazing and look forward to the next book in the series. 4.5 books
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~ About the Author ~
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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- 2 x signed copies of Here They Lie (US only)