New Release Review | Buried Deep by TR Ragan

Buried DeepBuried Deep by TR Ragan
Jessie Cole #4
Thriller Suspense
Thomas & Mercer | April 16, 2019

About the Book: 

Two missing persons. One apparent suicide. Three cases pushing PI Jessie Cole and crime reporter Ben Morrison closer to the edge.

Lacey Geiger could be a very rich woman. If Jessie Cole can find her. The beneficiary of a sizable estate, Lacey vanished years ago after escaping an abusive childhood and is veiled now behind a new identity. Jessie has two weeks to find her. It’s enough time to discover that Lacey is hiding from so much more than anyone realized. But she isn’t the only one with secrets. And Jessie’s not the only one searching for the truth.

A concerned daughter has asked for help finding her mother—a woman said to have been murdered thirty years ago. And Jessie’s colleague Ben, an amnesiac still struggling with the bloody memories of a shattered life, is nearer to piecing together a very dark picture. Especially when someone he detests is found dead, hanging from a tree by a riverbank.

Now as the mysteries, puzzles, and lies of three investigations are unearthed, Jessie and Ben will risk everything to bring all that is hidden into the light.


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!

Birdie Bookworm

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.

About Birdie

Don’t look for her in any bar, club, crazy raging party, or anywhere there may be a large gathering of strangers. She’s more likely to be found tucked into the corner of the couch watching one of her favorite shows, or preferably under a comforter with her current novel.

2 Responses

  1. I think it’s interesting that we both posted reviews on the same day where we said we wanted more of a particular character, but think things ended perfectly for them! It’s funny – we FINALLY agree on something, but of course it’s not even the same book! LOL

    Great review!


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