The Burying Point

A Ray Hanley Crime Thriller

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Pub Date Feb 29 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2024
Derik Cavignano | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles

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A missing girl whose bloodline traces back to the Salem Witch Trials is the perfect prize for a demonic cult operating on the fringes of Salem’s witchcraft underground.

Desperate to find his missing niece, a Boston police captain loans his best detective, Ray Hanley, to Salem PD to lead the investigation. But tensions flare when Ray is partnered with Elena Martinez, a rookie detective who resents his intrusion on her first big case.

As they navigate a treacherous landscape of occult rituals and black magic, the horrific discovery of additional victims deepens the mystery and hints at a more sinister plot… one involving a powerful enemy whose secrets include ancestral ties, malevolent forces, and the fulfillment of a dark prophecy.

As the days count down to Halloween, the race is on to stop an unspeakable evil from plunging Salem into eternal darkness.

From the award-winning author of THE ART OF DYING 


A missing girl whose bloodline traces back to the Salem Witch Trials is the perfect prize for a demonic cult operating on the fringes of...

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I appreciated that even though this was a series book it easily reads as a standalone. Sometimes I don’t have the time or honestly the mental energy to start yet another series. This gives enough of a background to tie in the previous story but it’s not overwhelming or makes you feel like you’re missing out. To be honest; after finishing this book I feel way more inclined to read the others.
This entire group of characters was exceptionally diverse and unique. It didn’t feel like your standard run-of-the-mill male cop protagonist, and rookie women partner which I really, really enjoyed. Their individual backstories felt very natural, and the progression of their partnership was also a good pace. Honestly, all of the interactions between all characters, major and minor felt very not forced at all and in fact very realistic.
I will say something that continuously caught my attention was how immersive it felt. No matter what the environment, it truly felt like I was in the midst the entire time. Which was good of course, but in this instance it absolutely upped creep factor significantly.
You can tell easily that the author took a lot of time into doing research about all the aspects, especially the occult and the history of Salem. A lot of the time I found myself wondering, “is this really all fiction or is there some facts in here?” Which I think is so awesome!! Being able to keep your reader guessing through the entire story requires some serious talent.
The plot twists though? Insane. I can’t even explain- and won’t because, spoilers. It’s pretty slow start, and honestly the middle too but I just take into account that it’s a pretty realistic timeframe. But trust me if you think you haven’t figured out; you don’t and that’s okay. I promise everything gets up gets tied up nicely, but it’s not without a few moments of panic, especially near the end.

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dark, emotional, mysterious, tense, medium-paced
Plot- or character-driven? A mix
Strong character development? Yes
Loveable characters? Yes
Diverse cast of characters? Yes
Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes
4.5 ⭐️

Derik Cavignano was masterful at setting the scene in The Burying Point. He says he wanted readers to feel like they were witnessing events through the eyes of the characters and he succeeds. You can practically breathe the crisp fall air, hear the crunch of the fallen leaves and feel the frustration of an intense investigation that has unexpected twists and roadblocks. The story was very engaging, kept me wondering if our heroes would ever be able to solve the case right up until the intense sprint at the end. I did feel that the wrap up at the end could have used more attention but it was still an amazing story and definitely a wild ride!

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I love it! The story is all about a detective trying to look for the Boston's police captain's niece which then turns out to be one heck of a bigger case than just a simple missing person. It tackles about the occult and mystery, you can never get bored with it. The characters are well written that you get fond of them throughout the book. You end up unknowingly rooting for the characters.

I was hooked from start to finish. OMG! I actually started reading without thinking too much about it, just to pass time after finishing a previous read. But after a couple of pages in I was not able to stop myself! It was amazingly written. The book started off strong and just kept going like that until the end.

I am especially fond of the mix between the suspense, the horror and the mystery. Giving tidbits of information about the occult was also a great mix (I'm saying this as a non-occult fun) making it more enjoyable to read. Definitely worth trying out! This would be my second 5 star read of the year. If this is a coming series, then I'll be looking forward to it!

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The Burying Point by Derik Cavignano is a meticulously plotted thriller and mystery.
The plot is fast-paced and will keep your heart racing throughout.
The characters are well written and very well developed.
This is one well written novel with tons of suspense.
And the suspense builds at just the right pace as the story unfolds.
A wonderfully-crafted, tense, and absorbing story.

Thank You NetGalley and IBPA for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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𝗜 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗥𝗖 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄. 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗲𝘁𝗴𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘆!

It's less than two weeks until Halloween, Cassie Barnes goes missing in her hometown Salem (yes, that Salem) and Detective Ray Hanley from the Boston PD is sent over by his Boss Captain Barnes (her Uncle) to lend a helping hand in finding the girl. Arriving in Salem he teams up with the young Detective Elena Martinez to find Cassie even though time is running out.

Dark Forces are against them, and soon these two need every bit help they can get. Thank Goodness, State Trooper Ty Garrison and Frank Eastman are on their side.

They say, that the first 48 hours are important in finding someone alive, but when Ray arrives in Salem, those hours are already up. Can he still find Cassie… alive? And will Martinez stop being a pain in the a**?

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There were so many characters in this Book, but you know what? -I liked that! It didn't feel crowded, every character had their right to be in the Story.
My favourite though? It was Trooper Garrison… that guy! 💙

I believe I have never read a Book in which such diverse Genres got married.
I mean Mystery with Crime? Great!
Horror with Supernatural? Superb!
But all 4 together mixed with a good amount of Historical Fiction? That's something entirely different. And best of all? It worked!

Well developed Characters, awesome story-line, not to mention the great world-building with interesting locations (many of which you can look up at Google Street View) and the dynamics between certain people + the pacing (which was somewhere between medium and fast)… it all made for a great read.

Another thing is while reading I realised, that this is the second Book in a Series but I can tell one thing. For this Book to make sense you don't need to read the first one. They seem to be stand alones, each one. Though to be honest, reading 'the Burying Point' has me wanting to read 'the Art in Dying' now.

One more thing! I am not sure if it was just me but the Author made me feel as if I was part of it all, such a captivating read. No miraculous Hail Mary's which would be against Law and all, no illogical turns of events. For a horror/crime/etc. book it was almost as plausible as fiction can get and I really liked that a lot!!

Oh, and I really² liked Ray's family and pets. I liked, that we got a bit of his downtime thrown into the chapters here and there to loosen up everything for a few seconds.

Only disappointment for me in the Book, even if it wasn't that much, was the last Chapter. It felt a tiny bit too short.

𝑰 𝒘𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆, 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒔 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒕 𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚.

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This book was a crime fiction with supernatural elements. The book began with describing the crime. Then as the detectives delved deeper into the investigation, much more was to the case. Satanic information began to show up within the community. When the chief of police’s daughter disappears, the clock begins ticking. The detectives have to figure out what is going on in this small community before more death occurs.
I found this book fascinating. Reasonably rational detectives found their beliefs challenged as they uncovered clues that led to a supernatural presence existing in the community. I was shocked at who was involved and how the detectives had to suspend their own beliefs to solve the crimes.

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I received a copy of The Burying Point in exchange for an honest review. This book was everything I had hoped it would be. The author does an amazing job drawing you in and making you feel like you’re right in the thick of it. I love a good police story, then you add in some witch craft, murder, and toss in some supernatural horror and it’s sure to be a solid read. I couldn’t put this one down. Definitely looking forward to reading more!

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this had everything that I was looking for from this type of book, it uses the blend of crime and horror perfectly. It had a strong concept and glad it was so well done. The characters had a great overall feel to them. I enjoyed the way Derik Cavignano has a great writing style and glad I got to read this. I hope there is more in the Ray Hanley Crime Thriller world.

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