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4.0 out of 5 starsAltogether satisfying - short and crisp
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 18 August 2022
'Buried' is a short novella, at under 100 pages, and runs at a fast clip, keeping me - the reader - engaged throughout. The plot is simple enough - a serial killer has returned to the small town of Garner and a too-old-to-be-taught-new-tricks journalist, Edward “Fitz” Fitzhugh, heads out to report on the story the old fashioned way. Meanwhile, the kidnap victim is in a race against time to free himself before time and opportunity run out. One eye witness to the kidnapping refuses to reveal himself and come out in the open.
There are some brief passages where the pace slackens and one gets the impression that Deaver is perhaps filling the pages, but those passages are thankfully brief.
This is a fast-paced novella that kept me turning the pages. All in all, a satisfying read. In particular, the opening chapter grabs you by the neck. If I were in a store leafing through books at random and if I came across this book, the first three pages would be enough to make me buy it. Yes, openings matter.