Romantic suspense fans, drop everything — cooking, cleaning, even the dog can wait — because you will have your nose buried in Buried for the next 24 hours. Elliot once again proves to be a genius in the genre with her third heart-pounding novel in the Bone Secrets collection. The author knows romance and suspense, reeling readers in instantaneously and wowing them with an extremely surprising finish. Plus, returning characters from her first two stellar stories make a guest appearance with gusto. Elliot’s best by a mile!
Twenty years have passed since reporter Michael Brody learned of his brother Daniel’s disappearance. A school bus, the driver and nine children vanished returning from a class trip and only one survivor, Chris Jacobs, was ever found. When the remains of children buried long ago and an old, decrepit school bus are discovered — and Daniel’s remains aren’t found — Michael wants answers. Unfortunately, Jacobs is a recluse and hard to track down, so Michael reaches out to Chris’ sister, Jamie, hoping she can answer some of his questions. There’s an immediate attraction between them, but researching the tragedy only brings more hurt into their world. On a race to find Chris, Jamie and Michael discover clues leading to Daniel, but in the process they fall in love. Will solving the bones’ secrets let them finally put the past to rest? (MONTLAKE, Apr., 362 pp., $12.95)