The Buried by @ShelleyCoriell

The Buried (The Apostles, #2)Secrets from the past.
Voices from the grave.
Because nothing stays buried forever…

Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It’s also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who’s pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive.

In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she’d never need again, Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who’s back in Cypress Bend to deal with a secret of his own.

Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I absolutely loved the first book in this series but I’ll be honest, I spent most of the first couple of chapters wondering why on earth an author would start the book with one of the main characters finding out he had a son he never knew about whose mother is not the other main character (and the one he is obviously destined to get his HEA with, courtesy of the reconciliation trope).

Well, it turns out that Alex (the son in the above equation) is actually quite a likeable, and key, character once you get past his juvenile delinquency.  I especially loved his relationship with Grace when he tries to make her laugh to get her mind off of the murders, and Hatch finding out about his son is a huge reason his outlook on life changes and he is able to give it another go with Grace.

And Alex isn’t the only unknown, long hidden relative in the book.  I have to say that the I was pretty shocked at the identity of the perp and even more horrified about what she had endured.  And poor Grace, how would anyone get over finding out that about their father!)

Whilst the relationship between the Hatch/Grace is central to the book, most of the book is concentrated on the case rather than the romance.  I liked the way we got introduced to a secondary case as worked by Detective Tucker and how that tied into the main case and the role he played at the climax.

Overall, this is a very strong follow-up to a cracking first book.

Book: 4*

Cover: 5*


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