The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
What’s it about?
Joe Talbert is a University of Minnesota college student with a complicated family life. Behind on a college assignment he decides to write the biography of a convicted murderer named Carl Iverson. Has he learns more about Carl he is slowly drawn into the circumstances of the crime. Who really committed the murder back in 1980? Was it Carl or someone else?
What did I think?
Unintentionally, I find I am reading one good first novel after another! This was a really good suspense thriller. A few times I had to check by disbelief, but in general I found the pages just flew by.
Should you read it?
Absolutely! This novel has crime, suspense, and romance- what more could you ask for in a page turner?
“The idea of interviewing a murderer didn’t sit well with me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I warmed up to it. I had put off starting this project for too long. September was almost over and I’d have to turn in my interview notes in a few weeks. My classmates had their horses out of the staring gate and my nag was still back in the barn munching on hay. Carl Iverson would have to be my subject- if he agreed.”
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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
AWARD RECOGNITION FOR THE LIFE WE BURY:
WINNER! Left Coast Crime Rosebud Award, BEST DEBUT MYSTERY
2015 Edgar® Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
Minnesota Book Award Finalist, BEST GENRE NOVEL
Anthony Award Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
Barry Award Finalist, BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
ITW Thriller Awards Finalist, BEST FIRST NOVEL
MysteryPeople 2014 BEST DEBUT NOVEL
Suspense Magazine BEST BOOKS OF 2014/DEBUT AUTHOR
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― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!