The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens was a surprise to me.
This is an Amazon Audible that I chose for my second month as a monthly member.
The cover is a lure, and the description gives subtle teasers. "Joe takes a writing assignment for an English class, and gets more than he bargained for..." That is the short version of definitions.
Listening to a book is an interesting means of travel. I read to getaway. When listening to a book, I am doing tasks as well. It looked simple. I thought I was just pulling a sled out for a "scary ride"...but oh, no.
There are twists and turns that kept me off balance, while snagging my heart.
I know dysfunction in families.
I have known the "Responsible Child - Family Hero" in alcohol fueled families. I have watched them battered and ruined. Joe Talbert gets nothing easy. He does not expect it to be. With the angst and viciousness that he faces from his mother. He never fails to be kind to his special needs brother.
My respect for Joe Talbert grows throughout the story. A writing project turns into a life changer for everyone touched by a heinous crime. The crime, all figured out decades earlier, cries out for real justice.
Had I never listened to The Life We Bury I would have missed a treasure of literature. This novel is multi-layered and complicated. It is not an easy story.
This is excellent work.
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