Buried

Buried

In Ellison Cooper's suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who's turned up the heat on a cold case...Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn't expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and...

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Buried Reviews

  • Jay -hooked on books

    The events in Caged, the previous title in the Sayer Altair series, had led to her being shot and confined to desk duty. In Buried, Sayer gets sent back to the field when an FBI agent and his cadaver dog stumble upon a cavern filled with human bones in Shenandoah national park.

    The remains trace back to old cases, as well as reveal links to current investigations. With the FBI spread thin under the scrutiny of investigations into corruption, Sayer has to put together a ragtag investig

    The events in Caged, the previous title in the Sayer Altair series, had led to her being shot and confined to desk duty. In Buried, Sayer gets sent back to the field when an FBI agent and his cadaver dog stumble upon a cavern filled with human bones in Shenandoah national park.

    The remains trace back to old cases, as well as reveal links to current investigations. With the FBI spread thin under the scrutiny of investigations into corruption, Sayer has to put together a ragtag investigative group. The plot packs a lot of action and thrill.

    Buried also follows a couple of narrative arcs that are spread across the series - I particularly enjoyed that aspect. While you could read it as a standalone thriller, it would be much more enjoyable if you're caught up on Caged.

  • Laura Rash

    Tho you don’t need to read Caged, the first in this series, it would help before reading this one to get more of a back story on the characters.

    This did not disappoint as a follow up to Caged! Excitement through the entire book clear to the last page. Flawed characters that are realistic and draw you in. This eludes to another book and I certainly can’t wait to read it.

    Much thanks to Minotaur for this early copy:)

  • Kat Dietrich

    is the second in the FBI Special Agent Sayer Altair series.

      

      

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    FBI Special Agent Sayer Altair is a neuroscientist, who, when not investigating murders, is researching the brains of psychopaths to determine if she can find a common link. She hopes to find something that may indicate that the same problem exists in all of them, and if found early enough, their predilections to murder may be averted. She has also discovered that the FBI is hiding something that has to do with the death of her fiance, but can find no answers.  She has been on desk duty since her last major case,  where she discovered a serial killer working inside the FBI.  She was shot during that case, and one of her team, Ezra lost his legs.

     

    When an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog discover a cave full of bones in Shenandoah National Park, Sayer is put back in the field to solve this case.  Unfortunately, she will be very short-staffed and will have to rely on professionals in the area to help her.  Thankfully her trusted computer wizard Ezra is available.

    Although the bones they found are old,  there are also two badly beaten bodies in the same cave.  Sayer will have to figure out if the bones and the bodies are connected.  When they identify the two bodies, they also identify DNA from a third missing female.  Then they find ties to the area.  Can she trust her new co-workers?

    Meanwhile, repercussions from her last case are still developing.  Although her wound is healing,  and her team-member Ezra is now relying on two prostethic legs to get around, her boss is under fire.  She won't be the only one.

    Sayer is also trying to continue her research into psychopaths.  She has moved on from studying the brains of convicted serial killers, to studying psychopaths that are not violent.  However, one of her subjects is sending her red flags.

    Ellison Cooper has a hit series on her hands.  She has created a strong, science-based female character in Sayer Altair, who is very likable.  I like the fact that the author has also given her a strong family base (Nana, Tino and now Adi).

    This book explored the "monster within all of us" idea, and the plot definitely turned up one or two monsters.  The suspense continued to build, and there were enough red herrings to keep you guessing to the end.  Although I had an idea early on as to the identity of the perpetrator, I was way off on the reasoning behind everything, which made it really interesting.

    Cooper's writing is clear, her dialog good, and explanations are sound.  The action is fast-paced,  and the book just reads really well.  Yes, some of it is a little dark, but hey, she's writing about serial killers...what did you expect?

    One final thought....although this could be read as a stand-alone novel, there are too many points from the first book that you really need to know to fully enjoy this one.

    I highly recommend this one and am looking forward to the next in the series!

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Sayer Altair is an FBI neuroscientist studying the minds of serial killers. Shockingly, she found one within the FBI itself. She also was shot and was on desk duty for a while as a result of her efforts to put the criminal behind bars.

    Now that she’s out from behind the desk, Sayer is called to a sinkhole filled with human bones. The location is in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (I’ve been there!). The remains date back c

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Sayer Altair is an FBI neuroscientist studying the minds of serial killers. Shockingly, she found one within the FBI itself. She also was shot and was on desk duty for a while as a result of her efforts to put the criminal behind bars.

    Now that she’s out from behind the desk, Sayer is called to a sinkhole filled with human bones. The location is in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (I’ve been there!). The remains date back close to twenty years when a local teen disappeared never to be found again.

    Sayer and her team later find two more bodies, much more recent, in the same area. She also finds a clue that ties these bodies to a woman and her daughter recently reported missing. Sayer is in a rush to solve the crimes to help save the lives of these two people.

    The killer knows she is on the trail, though, and he is out to stop her. Sayer accepts help from one of the subjects she is studying…There is much more about this in the synopsis than I want to say, though!

    Friends, this book is intense and is so full of action, twists and turns, and pulse-pounding adrenaline. I felt like I was watching a movie, and truly the best kind. Sayer is a strong, complex main character, and I adore her. Everything about this book is super good and suspenseful.

    If you enjoy serial killer stories, don’t miss Buried. It can be read as a standalone because there is fill-in from the author about the last book. Overall, it’s a tantalizing mystery-thriller, and I hope there will be a book three!

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Sonica

    Thank you, Minotaur Books for my advanced copy of Buried by Ellison Cooper, in exchange for my honest review.  This title hits shelves July 16, 2019.

    Ellison Cooper, you did it again and are now 2-2 for me with great summer reads! This book has it all: dark, intense, mystery, suspense and lots of THRILL.  Ellison knocks it right out of the park AGAIN with Book 2 in her Agent Sayer series.

    FBI Special Agent Sayer Altair is back with her latest quest to solve a gruelling seri

    Thank you, Minotaur Books for my advanced copy of Buried by Ellison Cooper, in exchange for my honest review.  This title hits shelves July 16, 2019.

    Ellison Cooper, you did it again and are now 2-2 for me with great summer reads! This book has it all: dark, intense, mystery, suspense and lots of THRILL.  Ellison knocks it right out of the park AGAIN with Book 2 in her Agent Sayer series.

    FBI Special Agent Sayer Altair is back with her latest quest to solve a gruelling serial killing case that haunts her every move. The crimes committed in this round, are darker and more disturbing than in Ellison's first instalment, and Sayer's determination to reach the investigative finish line with a suspect in tow is stronger than ever. 

    This book gave me CHILLS!  It was such an addictive and engaging read,  I could not put it down - even managed to finish it in less than 24hrs (my laundry took a hit but it was well worth it).  

    I am obsessed with this series and cannot wait to see what Sayer gets up to next!  I actually had it playing like a movie reel in my mind the whole time I was reading.  Once again, I enjoyed following Sayer in her investigation to catch a demented killer who leaves nothing but gruesome in their tracks.  

    I highly recommend adding this book to your reading list this summer, especially if you enjoy are a fan of Criminal Minds, CSI and good crime fiction peppered with police drama and a dash of disturbing content.

  • Shelley

    This is a FANTASTIC book! One of the best I've read in the last few years. If you know me, you know how rarely I rate books a 5 in Goodreads less than adequate scale.

    Firt, go read the book summary/synopsis. It will give you enough info to determine if it's a book you'd in which you'd be interested. But I will add:

    If you like psychological mysteries, FBI procedural dramas, some forensics, remote locations, a hint of search and rescue dog action, a dash of Greek gods - that last could

    This is a FANTASTIC book! One of the best I've read in the last few years. If you know me, you know how rarely I rate books a 5 in Goodreads less than adequate scale.

    Firt, go read the book summary/synopsis. It will give you enough info to determine if it's a book you'd in which you'd be interested. But I will add:

    If you like psychological mysteries, FBI procedural dramas, some forensics, remote locations, a hint of search and rescue dog action, a dash of Greek gods - that last could be the worst of spoilers, so no more on that - DO NOT yield to the temptation to scan ahead in this book or you ruin a GREAT plotline and ending, and I will lose all respect for you - then read this book.

    There are a few slow sections. Not "I'm so bored I'm going to stop reading this book" slow, just filling in background stuff. Not bad at all. But I challenge you to put the book down from about pg 275 to the end - pg 368. Several great twists and "Ah ha!" moments.

    I'm looking forward to reading the Sayer book which precedes this one, and all those which follow. And I hope there are many!

  • Krystin Rachel

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    Skeletons as a crash pad.

    Made of cardboard, but good at her job.

    Mommy would be proud.

    I read

    last year, the first in this series featuring FBI agent/neuroscientist Sayer Altair, and my review basically came down to two things.

    One: the twists were uninspired. While they did exist, it was the same thing over and over again and it became predictable and monotonous.

    And two: the lead character of Agent Altair was boring AF. I'm sorry, but girl has the personality of a cardboard cutout.

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    Skeletons as a crash pad.

    Made of cardboard, but good at her job.

    Mommy would be proud.

    I read

    last year, the first in this series featuring FBI agent/neuroscientist Sayer Altair, and my review basically came down to two things.

    One: the twists were uninspired. While they did exist, it was the same thing over and over again and it became predictable and monotonous.

    And two: the lead character of Agent Altair was boring AF. I'm sorry, but girl has the personality of a cardboard cutout.

    For the second instalment in the series, I'm happy to say the author definitely fixed the first issue and clearly tried to make some headway with the second. That's why this book gets half a star more than its predecessor.

    That's just the kind of generous reviewer I am.

    When we meet with Sayer again, she's just off of desk duty after a run-in with a serial killer in Buried and has healing wounds. She has an unconventional growing family, is continuing her study of psychopaths' brains and has become part of an intense Congressional investigation that might see big changes at the FBI, some of which felt kind of parallel to today in this fucked up Trump Upside Down.

    Sayer is called out to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia when an agent on vacation with his cadaver dog, happens to stumble across a big hole in the ground filled with dead bodies and skeletons. And that's never not going to be a good time.

    Because of the congressional hearings, Sayer is short-staffed and has to put together a rag-tag team of investigators to determine just what the actual fuck is going on in that national park.

    Truthfully, Sayer is still just as boring as ever. She lacks humour and genuine character quality that would make her personality more accessible for the reader. Any jokes she does attempt feel stilted and awkward, and her bouts of anger and sadness are pretty corny or out-of-left-field. But, she's good at her job, smart and pretty tough. Also, I love that she's a PoC in a powerful position. So while I find her stale, she's still a powerful badass female and I'm totally here for as much of that as I can get in my crime fiction.

    The plot for this book was so much fuller and interesting this time around, that it basically didn't matter that Sayer is an odd life-like robot. There is a ton of interesting psychological elements, character development, and call-back plot details from the first book. There was always some new climax or pinch point, guaranteeing that the story never got stagnant or felt slow. And while this could definitely be read as a standalone, I think to really appreciate the continuous thread of storytelling that Cooper is creating it's best to meet Sayer at the beginning.

    All the confetti, for have a completely unexpected why for the motivations in this book. I 100% didn't see it coming, though I did figure out the who about half-way through. But the complex history and intricate plotting that was done for the killer to make them stand out from the crowd, was so intriguing and different that the reveal of the who being obvious, didn't take away from the ending at all.

    I have to mention the serious goosebumps-on-your-ass chills that are laced throughout the story whenever Subject 037 popped up. This person in Sayer's psychopath study was creepy and the exchanges between him and Sayer were so wonderful written that I really could use a whole book of just that. There definitely has to be more of that special, sinister little freak in upcoming instalments.

    Overall, I think this second book really established Cooper's series as one to read. If you're a fan of

    or any of the other 100 million shows about police and serial killers you need to get on this shit.

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ | 4.5 stars rounded down

  • ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

    by

    made an excellent book 2 for the Agent Sayer Altair series, and I have to say it was even more disturbing!

    FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair studies the brains of murderers trying to figure out why some people become killers, and some don’t. While she isn't doing that, she is out fighting bad guys for the F/>What

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

    by

    made an excellent book 2 for the Agent Sayer Altair series, and I have to say it was even more disturbing!

    FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair studies the brains of murderers trying to figure out why some people become killers, and some don’t. While she isn't doing that, she is out fighting bad guys for the FBI. In

    , Sayer is back leading a new investigation after an off-duty FBI agent falls into a sinkhole that has been hiding human remains. They also end up finding 2 fresh corpses, and ties to a local girl that disappeared many years earlier. As Sayer rushes to crack the case, the killer is trying to attack and sabotage them while also holding other victims. Sayer must work fast to figure out who the killer is before anyone else dies at their hands.

    I think that I liked

    even more than the last book,

    . This book had even more disturbing qualities and just as much action, but there was just something about it that had me even more excited. Once again Sayer is a kickass female lead, but she isn't perfect so prepare to get frustrated with her! She makes more blunders than the FBI agents in

    , but she is human after all. The overall feel I got was

    again just in book form, which is something I am really loving about this series. I think it would make for a great TV show!

    Cooper seems to be really good at writing likable characters, and there were more than just Sayer that I was a fan of. Some of whom are back from their first appearance in

    while a couple were new. Of course there are the bad guys and some red herrings, but overall, I really liked most of the characters in

    .

    also seemed to contain more politics, as well as one of Sayer's research subjects being very mysterious. That part actually reminds me of

    , another show that I love. Once again viewpoints jump around a bit, but mostly focus on Sayer and make for a great police/detective procedural novel.

    If you are looking for a book that is a mix of

    and

    then this could be the book for you!

    was a little more graphic than the first book so be prepared for that. This series could definitely be read as standalones as well, although for character development I would recommend starting with

    . I am officially addicted to this series and can't wait for the next installment!

  • Kristy

    It's been six months since Sayer Altair discovered a prolific serial killer inside the FBI. She's still dealing with the fallout--including Congressional hearings and independent counsel combing through hundreds of past cases. Her boss, Assistant Director Janice Holt, is testifying at Capitol Hill. Sayer, a neurobiologist with FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, has been recovering from her injuries from her previous case and working on her research of serial killer brains,

    It's been six months since Sayer Altair discovered a prolific serial killer inside the FBI. She's still dealing with the fallout--including Congressional hearings and independent counsel combing through hundreds of past cases. Her boss, Assistant Director Janice Holt, is testifying at Capitol Hill. Sayer, a neurobiologist with FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, has been recovering from her injuries from her previous case and working on her research of serial killer brains, when Holt calls. Max Cho, an off-duty FBI agent and his Human Remains Detection dog, found a cave full of bodies in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The FBI is thin on agents during the hearings and investigations and Sayer is called back to duty. Her "team" is slight--Max; Piper, a park ranger; Kyle, the local sheriff; Ezra, our beloved IT whiz; and Dana, a FBI medical examiner just back from overseas. Together they set up shop in the National Park and investigate the gruesome scene. Before they know it, they are being attacked by the presumed killer--and they quickly have two fresh bodies dumped on their crime scene. Even worse, one of Sayer's research subjects starts meddling in her case, and she quickly realizes this supposed psychopath is a high-ranking Washington official. Can Sayer solve these cases in time, or will she lose her job during the craziness that's happening in Washington?

    This

    , as Max and Kona find a cave full of skeletons. Sayer and Dana are attacked as they investigate the new findings, and things never slow down from there.

    from the first book--driving her motorcycle around and taking no prisoners. Luckily, she's at least found a bit of family now and she seems to be maturing. It was nice to see her make some personal strides.

    There is <>a ton of stuff happening in this book, but Cooper handles it all really well. The cave full of skeletons, two more fresh bodies, the hearings and their impact on the FBI/Sayer's career, her research and one of her subjects meddling in her career, her personal investigation into the death of her late fiance, Jake, also an agent... It's definitely a lot, but all the threads work together. This is

    . I enjoyed this book more than the first, even. The writing is stronger, Sayer's character is tightening up, and while the case is resolved at the end, there are loose ends that lead me to hope there is a book three coming.

    . She dives right in to any challenge, and her team is loyal to her because of it. Which is good, because man, does trouble follow this woman! They are attacked constantly! They also see a lot of gruesome things. You'll need to be the type who

    . This is no light and fluffy thriller. But

    --police procedures, DNA, psychology, and more. It makes for a really good read.

    I especially

    . It's practically set in my backyard, and I actually read portions of the book where they were occurring, at the University of Virginia campus and such. It's always fun to read about places you actually know. (Maybe not so fun when people are being abducted from there, but...)

    Overall,

    . It features a strong main (female!) character in Sayer, a great twisted story that keeps you guessing, and the

    . Definitely recommend! You can read this as part of the series or a standalone. 4+ stars.

    I received a copy of this novel from Minotaur Books and Netgalley in return for a honest review.

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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Are you ready to dive deep into the mind of a serial killer? This book will keep you up at night reading, and you should maybe think about keeping the lights on for a few of the chapters if you are prone to getting too invested in a story.

    is sure to do that!

    Neuroscientist and FBI agent Sayer Altair is brought in on a cold case, but it turns out not to be so cold after all when two new bodies turn up. Even more frightening than the link between the skeletal remains and the new corp

    Are you ready to dive deep into the mind of a serial killer? This book will keep you up at night reading, and you should maybe think about keeping the lights on for a few of the chapters if you are prone to getting too invested in a story.

    is sure to do that!

    Neuroscientist and FBI agent Sayer Altair is brought in on a cold case, but it turns out not to be so cold after all when two new bodies turn up. Even more frightening than the link between the skeletal remains and the new corpses is the link to a recent kidnapping of a mother and her daughter.

    I didn’t read the first book in this series Caged, though it has been on my list after some serious buzz. But I didn’t feel behind at all when I read Buried! Special Agent Sayer is on desk duty following the last case she solved ended in a bullet wound. But her mind is as sharp as ever and she needed every bit of her wits to solve this case!

    When off-duty agent Max is out walking his dog, the scent of a cadaver leads the dog (and Max) to discover a set of human bones. This was quite a start to the story! I am somewhat obsessed with police dogs. They are incredible, able to differentiate scents in very specific ways. I digress though…

    I love a strong female lead and Sayer certainly fits that bill. Let’s just say that she is not to type of woman who would read a book such as this and leave the lights on, I’ll say that. She is tough as nails and a total boss, working as a biracial woman in a male-dominated field. I’d love to be as tough as Sayer is! I really loved learning more about her life too. I thought Cooper provided a lot of backstory and character development, which is often lacking in second novels in a series. I learned about her parents and the death of her fiancé, and I felt like I really knew who she was as a person outside of her career.

    The pace of this one felt lightening fast to me, in part because the story was so good and also because stylistically Cooper used shorter chapters to great effect. There were also a bounty of suspects and clues, and they were delivered throughout the story in a way that kept my mind churning. This is a read-in-a-day sort of book if you have the time!

    And then I want to strongly avoid anything that could be construed as a spoiler, but I feel I should touch on the meat of this book—the serial killer. The psychologist in me was fascinated by how the clues all came together, and I was NOT disappointed at all by the outcome of this! Don’t go into this thinking you have the book figured out, because I promise you don’t!

    Twists, chills, great characters, and a fantastic case. I can’t recommend this enough!

    Thank you to Minotaur Books for my copy. Opinions are my own.

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