Monday, October 20, 2014

The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens
Publisher: Seventh Street Books
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Category: Mystery/Thriller
Source: I received the e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon came just in time! I was behind on a couple reviews and it was the first weekend I didn't have school work to do. I decided to start fresh with one of the books in question, The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens. I started it around 11am and finished by 11:30pm...that included eating, doing laundry, tweeting with other readers, and blowing my nose through a box or two of tissues. First time I ever finished a whole book during a readathon!

The Life We Bury is the story of Joe Talbert, a young guy with a rough childhood and a haunting guilt. Joe's life presents complications at every turn, the least of which is paying his way through college, hoping for a better life. Joe knows college is his ticket to that better life, and strangely, it all starts with an English assignment to write someone's biography. When he interviews a random elderly man, Carl Iverson, at a local nursing home, Joe finds himself involved in a 30 year-old murder case that unravels at every turn. Add to the mix Joe's drunken mother and autistic brother, and it becomes clear Joe has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The question is: will he shrug it off or will it come crashing down on him?

I don't read many mystery/thrillers, but I liked this one. Perhaps the ending would be considered a bit cliche for those more familiar with the genre, I don't know, but I liked it just fine. The story kept me reading and guessing at the truth. I even guessed correctly at one point and then changed my mind! A book that keeps you guessing!

Read any good thrillers recently? 


  1. Oh, I love mysteries and thrillers. I have one on the blog tomorrow that I loved. Thats impressive you got through it one day, despite all you had going on. Hope you are feeling better!

    1. Thanks, antibiotics should be kicking in soon! I rely on reviews for thriller and mysteries cause I don't read many and want people's opinions on the good ones.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad that you enjoyed The Life We Bury"
    Allen Eskens

    1. Thank you Mr. Eskens for stopping by to read and comment! I hope your book does well. I enjoyed it very much!

  3. I've been hearing/seeing this one about recently. I enjoy thrillers, mysteries, etc, so I may well have to pick The Life We Bury up. Thanks for sharing, and go you finishing a book in one day!

    I hope you feel better soon.
    Bits & Bobs

  4. Congrats on finishing a book during the read-a-thon! I really like thrillers without too much violence and with a bit of a personal story so this seems like it could be my kind of book :)

    1. Yep, this one hits both of those things!