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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Life We Bury

I recently read " The Life We Bury" by Allen Eskens. The main character, Joe Talbert, is a college student who sets out to write a biography of a stranger for his college writing class. He is not close with his family so he chooses a man who lives in a nursing home to be the subject of his biography. When he goes to interview him Joe realizes that the main is terminally ill and only at the nursing home because he has been released from prison because he is dying. The man he is interviewing, Carl, is a convicted murderer. As Joe continues to interview him and gets to know Carl he begins to question whether or not Carl is actually guilty. With the help of his neighbor Lila, Joe investigates the case that put Carl in jail all while dealing with his own problems caused from a broken home.

This novel was very well written. I love reading mysteries where I don't know what's going to happen next. I think the author created a great story of not only the investigation of the case that put Carl behind bars but also a sort of coming of age story of the main character having to deal with his own demons from a broken home and difficult childhood. Joe goes from being a child running away from his past to man who can not only own his past but grow from it as well. 

I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.

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