Throwback Thursday: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee, Its Book Talk to share some of our old favorites as well as books that we’ve finally got around to reading that was published over a year ago.

Norma read The Life We Bury quite a while ago and kept suggesting it to me to read but for some reason, I kept putting it off.  Finally, I listened to it and I loved it and wondered why I waited so long to give it a try.  So I suggested if you haven’t read this one to read it as soon as possible because the sequel is now on NetGalley and will be released November 13 2018

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The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

Coming November 13, 2018

The Shadows We HideThe Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family’s past.

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town’s residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife’s inheritance after she, too, passed away–an inheritance that may now be Joe’s.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son’s life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history– before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.


Have you read The Life We Bury? Want to read it now? Are you excited for The Shadows We Hide? Drop us a comment!!  We would love to hear from you

13 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens”

  1. SO exciting that the sequel is coming out!! I’ve hit that request button on NG. Fingers crossed. I really enjoyed this book too!

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  2. Sounds like it would have some twists that would keep you turning pages. I don’t know if its cheery enough for me, but it sounds great!

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  3. This is not a book that I am familiar with but I just checked and my library has it. I will have to read it, you have certainly piqued my interest! Now to see about requesting the second one. Thanks for sharing this one.

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    1. Oh, it was so good Carla and I am happy to hear that you just checked in out from your library! I am glad that we were able to introduce you to a new book and I hope that you get approved for the second one! 🙂


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