Buried (The Goth Girl Series #1)

Buried (The Goth Girl Series #1)

by Linda Joy Singleton


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A new paranormal mystery from award-winning author Linda Joy Singleton—featuring goth girl Thorn from The Seer series.

Thorn Matthews is a Finder, a person with the psychic ability to find things just by touching an object. The visions she gets from objects—events and memories—are what guide her to the things that need to be found.

When Thorn locates a mysterious locket, it leads to a shocking and grim discovery. Now she’s implicated in a crime and surrounded by people she’s just met at her new school, any one of whom could be hiding a terrible secret. To clear her name, Thorn reluctantly uses her music skills to enter a school talent competition, which she suspects is part of the killer’s cover. Could one of her new friends be a murderer?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738719580
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Series: Goth Girl Series , #1
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

With plots involving twins, cheerleaders, ghosts, psychics and clones, Linda Joy Singleton has published over 25 midgrade and YA books.

When she's not writing, she enjoys life in the country with a barnyard of animals including horses, cats, dogs and pigs. She especially loves to hear from readers and speaking at schools and libraries. She collects vintage series books like Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden and Judy Bolton.

When Linda is asked why she'd rather write for kids than adults, she says, "I love seeing the world through the heart of a child, where magic is real and every day begins a new adventure. I hope to inspire them to reach for their dreams. Writing for kids is a gift, a responsibility, and an honor."

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Buried: A Goth Girl Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Singleton's writing, and I have a hard time keeping the Seer series on the shelves, so I was quite excited to see this spin off featuring Thorn from the Seer series. The book does not disappoint and manages to stand on its own if you haven't read the Seer series. In buried, Thorn touchs a locket left behind after an audition and gets a vision of a dead body, which see eventually figures out is a dead baby. Now she is determined to figure out which of the people she sees almost daily is a baby killer.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those of you who enjoy a fun mystery, Linda Joy Singleton's latest, BURIED, is definitely a good one to pick up. Following preacher's daughter and social misfit Thorn as she navigates the rough waters at her new small-town high school, where she's only met one other Goth -- her new bff Rune -- which is way different from her old school back in California. Of course, back in Cali she also had a friend who knew about her psychic ability. Thorn doesn't trust anyone in this town enough to spill those details -- even when she gets a vibe off of an old, cheap locket on shoelace. A vibe that leads her to believe something very bad has happened to someone.Determined to find out the mystery behind the locket, and hopefully the owner, Thorn gets herself wrapped up her friend Amerie's school talent contest -- a singing competition to be judged by superstar and former student Phillipe. She hopes she'll be able to figure out who left the locket on stage and drop out before she actually has to perform -- her love for playing guitar and singing is another secret she'd like to keep for herself. But, of course, things to don't go as planned, and Thorn is soon wrapped up in something far more sinister than a sad story and a missing locket. And if she wants to avoid the sheriff's inquisition, she's going to have to find the owner for a whole new reason: to prove that she's not a killer.A fast-paced story in what will be a cool new series, BURIED is one to check out for girls who miss the days who still idolize Nancy Drew and are yearning for a bit of high school sleuthing. Thorn is a fun character to follow, and surely her upcoming exploits will fill a niche in the YA mystery section on your bookshelf.
psteinke1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thorn (nee Beth Ann) is a recent transplant to Nevada Bluff. She comes from a family of six kids where her Mom is a minister and her Dad is looking for work. Thorn is a goth (which her Dad just hates), and she is a ¿finder¿. She is drawn to objects and when she touches them she gets psychic visions from them. Which is what happens at school one day.Thorn finds a gold locket on a shoelace and it transports her to a remote area. With the help of another psychic friend she finds the remote area and what appears to be the skeleton of a baby. So who¿s locket is it? Whose baby is it? How did the baby die? All these mysteries and many more, like the ¿grin reaper¿ are addressed in ¿Buried¿.This was my first Linda Joy Singleton book. I¿ve had my eye on her Seer series for a while, but just haven¿t had a chance to read it yet. After ¿Buried¿, it¿s moved up on my ¿to-read¿ list. This was a fun, fast read, one whose ending I didn¿t totally see coming which was nice. So many mysteries out there you can predict the outcome in the first few chapters, and while I was on the right path, Singleton was able to slip in another option that hadn¿t occurred to me. Singleton¿s writing is the right amount of description and dialog and her dialog is sharp and witty. Just what I enjoy most!I liked Thorn a lot. She was smart and snarky! For all her Goth looks, she isn¿t Goth inside. She¿s just a normal girl from a big family trying to find her way. I loved that her minister mother was so accepting of her, even when they did miscommunicate. And I was frustrated with her Dad for seeing her at only face value. I would have loved to know more about KC, Rune and Amerie. I¿m hoping there will be more Goth Girl Mysteries and I can get to know them better¿but mostly I want to see if something will develop between Thorn and Jay. I definitely loved Jay and want to see more of him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved its a great mystery isnt this suppose to be a series? It should be continued
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DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Thorn Matthews is very much a gothic girl with a few secrets from her new friends in Nevada. Her family moved to Nevada so her mother could become a minister in a local church. Thorn does her best to fit in with a group of friends at school Rune and Amerie. Rune is as close to Thorn in the way they dress and things they talk about then twins could be. When Thorn stumbles across a locket she finds herself wanting to find out more about it and who it belongs to. The locket leads Thorn all over town from a baby grave to accusing a few classmates of having a baby. She finds the truth out eventually. Also going on is the Grin Reaper a local legend never spotted but always there to dish out justice to those who deserve it. Thorn stumbles across the Grin Reaper and even identifies who it is, he strikes a deal with Thorn to keep her secret about finding the baby grave if she doesn't tell anyone who he is. He also ends up taking her on a couple of missions of justice. I enjoyed reading about Thorn, Rune Amerie and Thorn's family. I found it refreshing to read about a girl not afraid to be who she wants to be regardless of what others think. Ms. Singleton's ability to share Thorn with the world is so great. Can't wait to see what is next for the Gothic Girl!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Buried (A Goth Girl Mystery #1) features Thorn, one of the side characters in the Seer series, another series by Linda Joy Singleton. I’ve never read the Seer series, so it took some time before I got used to Thorn, but this novel can be read well enough as a stand-alone. Thorn is an intriguing character because she’s different from most of the main characters I’m used to reading about. She’s a Finder, which means that when she touches an object, she can find the owner of the object. One day this ability leads her to a heart-shaped locket hung on a shoelace, and that’s where the mystery starts. The necklace brings her to a remote area where she finds the body of a baby. The murder mystery at the core of this book is great. I loved it from start to finish. What I didn’t enjoy that much however, were the countless subplots that sometimes did and sometimes didn’t have anything to do with the mystery. But that’s the only downside about this novel. There’s a lot going on – the over-crowded family with only scarcely present father figure, an upcoming talent show, Thorn’s new-found friendship with another local goth girl named Rune, and so on. What I loved, was everything except the numerous subplots. Thorn isn’t your typical goth girl. In fact, if you throw away her spikes, black clothing and outrageous hair color, you find out that she’s just a regular girl who likes to define herself by being different. She is outspoken and easy-going, and surprisingly social. Her personality actually felt very real to me, and more easily to relate to than the stereotypes we usually see in YA novels. She felt like a real person, and that’s great. I also really liked Rune. Bonus points for being an awesome best friend. The mystery at the heart of this book was very intriguing as well, as were the many plot twists and turns that kept this book going and made me read it in one single sitting. Another something I enjoyed is that there’s definitely no missing parent syndrome in this book. Thorn has six brothers and sisters, and plenty of family life going on, and I thought that was awesome. Buried is one of my favorite paranormal mystery books of the year. If you’re on a cheap budget and you have only one book to choose from, and you enjoy paranormal mysteries, go for this one. It won’t let you down. With an intriguing and unique main character, a well-developed storyline and some humorous and snarky comments that made me laugh out loud, this book ranks high on my favorites-list. This was the first book I read by Linda Joy Singleton, but it defintely won’t be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago