Buried Deep by TR Ragan
Jessie Cole #4
Thomas & Mercer | April 16, 2019
Dear Ms Ragan,
That ending was genius. You kept me on the edge of my seat for four books, wondering if my favorite character was going to turn out to be a monster. In the end you gave me an answer I didn’t want, and yet you made me love it! Sheer brilliance!
I haven’t made a secret of how much I love this series, especially having stumbled upon it with no advance warning or recommendations. It’s held my attention without fail, and fulfilled my need for a female lead in a serial thriller series. Jessie Cole was a great leader. However, I also haven’t hid the fact that my favorite part of these books has been Ben Morrison. I care about him. I believe he’s a good man, a caring man who loves his family deeply. He’s a multi-layered character who happens to be learning who he is while we are. I’m pretty sure you’d call him an unreliable narrator, but it was in the best way.
I’d love to read more about him, and still I hope it’s never written. I want this ending, just like this.
The Jessie Cole half of the story has also always been good. Her part of each book has been what really carries each installment’s plot, and the plot in Buried Deep was the best one so far. There’s nothing scarier than being buried. And that is not a spoiler. This author really nailed the intensity of fearing for your life, knowing you only have 20 inches above your head, and then there’s nothing but dirt. I felt my own breath getting shallower, and I’m not even claustrophobic. It was all just so perfectly well done for a thriller, and it was only 1/3rd of everything going on in this book.
You also had Zee finally getting the opportunity to run a full case on her own, and while she’s never gonna be a ‘by the book’ kinda girl, I loved her heart anyway. I’ll take her four voiced commentary anytime, and if there’s going to be any follow up stories, I’d love to read more about Zee.
Especially if reading about Zee means I get to visit with everyone else. That would make me very very happy.
Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.