The Life We Bury
Carl is a dying Vietnam vete ...more
Really good debut novel. Fun mystery with likeable characters and some good twists and turns. I loved Lila and Joe! You need to be able to suspend disbelief for this one.
Recommended for mystery/thriller lovers!
Loved it from beginning to end...
Joe, a college student, has an English assignment to complete that requires him to interview someone for a biography. He chooses a man named Carl, a Vietnam veteran who’s also a convicted rapist and murderer. Carl has an interesting background including some secrets. He’s been released from prison only because he’s dying of cancer. Everyone already knows his story–or do they? As Joe disc ...more
What drew me to this book was the unusual story of a student, Joe, who has a biography assignment for his studies and decides to interview Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer and rapist in a nursing home. Carl has been released from prison because he is dying from cancer. Joe has just left his home to live near college and try an ...more
The Life We Bury is a rewarding tale of two characters, Joe and Carl that are bonded together by buried secrets and the burdens ...more
An Intense Novel that Makes Your Blood Pressure Rise and Your Heart Beat Out of Your Chest. Highly Recommended!
Joe Talbert hasn't had an easy life. He is a college student whose mother is a drunk and whose younger brother is autistic. He never met his father and unfortunately, he lost his grandfather years ago. He only recently transferred to the University after taking classes at the Community College. He has worked like crazy ever since he could remember, supporting his alcoholic moth ...more
College material or not, that’s where Joe is. Neither Joe nor his autistic younger brother Jeremy have ever met their fathers. Their mother is an alcoholic who also has a mental health disorder and refuses to seek out or accept help. At ages 11 and 9, the death of Joe and Jeremy’s grandfather was also the end of mitigation in their mother’s behaviors. Although Joe ...more
It's been said you should never think you know everything about a person's struggles because they may be struggling in ways you could never imagine. There's also the old saying that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Both of those concepts get healthy exploration in Allen Eskens' bleak yet wonderful The Life We Bury .
Joe Talbert is struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis. He can barely afford college yet he's determined to stay there as long as he can, but he has to deal with ...more
The Life We Bury is a book that took me by surprise. I knew a bit about it, saw some reviews, but didn't rush to get it. I put it in my audio queue awhile back and again, didn't think much when it arrived in my inbox. Then I started listening and was immediately hooked.
Joe Talbert is a young college student who you can say, is struggling to keep it together. His mother is a drunk, frequently arrested, or off gambling someplace. His brother, is autistic, and needs supervision, which he ...more
Joe Talbert is a struggling Minnesota college student just trying to get by. An English class assignment is handed off to him to write a biography of a stranger. Easy stuff? Oh, not hardly.
The minute that Joe's car pulls into the parking lot of a local nursing home, it becomes a trajectory into a different time, place, and circle of life. Joe is assigned to Ca ...more
This was a ‘daily deal’ chance-buy - knowing nothing about it except what the Goodreads bl ...more
this is a very good mystery debut, with memorable characters and a fairly standard/familiar plot, but it's got enough promise in it that i am very confident his second book will be remarkable.
joe talbert is a 21-year-old college student tasked with writing a biographical piece on an elderly individual for his writing class. having no family members fitting the bill, he goes to a nursing home to find a willing participant. the only resident with enough cognitive capacity to take part is ...more
A homework assignment turned murder investigation! 30 year old murder investigation!
I loved the plot and the character of Joe Talbert. He is a 21 year old college student and he has not had an easy life growing up in Minnesota. His mom is an alcoholic and can barely care for his younger autistic brother, Jeremy(adored this character).
Joe has an English assignment and ends up interviewing Carl, a man convicted of murder 30 years prior. Carl went to Vietnam and was awarded a silver cross and a ...more
Based on the reception by most, lucky for some new authors I’m not the one approving their debut manuscripts or on the nominating panel for Anthony Award books. Maybe I’m just a jaded, hard to please reader? It’s true my mother would sometimes refer to me as a spoilsport. Perhaps there should be a warning label on my thoughts: Readers under a certain age should just ignore Cathrine’s opinions. Well, I liked the cover and it was on sale at Amazon for $1.99 so on my e-reader it went.
Initially w ...more
This story follows Joe Talbert, a college student given an English course assignment to write a brief biography on a stranger. At a local nursing home, Joe meets Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran who spent thirty years in prison for a brutal rape and murder. Iverson only has weeks left to live and agrees to give Joe his honest life story down to the gritty details – his dying declaration. As pieces of Joe’s personal life crumble around him, he investigates and uncovers answers to Iv ...more
Joe Talbert is a young college student and part time bouncer, (with some great moves) but most importantly a caring big brother to Jeremy who definitely needs his support and protection from time to time. Joe comes from a family with issues and carries a big secret of his own. He sometimes shows naïveté, but big time resourcefulness when it counts.
When an English class assignment requires him to write a biography, Joe visits a local nursing home to interview a complete stranger leading...more
A solid debut novel, part legal story, part mystery with the right mixture of family intrigue and a rapid moving plot. Loved his autistic ...more
Joe has an unreliable, alcoholic mother and an autistic brother whom his mother tends to abandon unthinkingly. Joe is away at college, struggling to pay his tuition fees, working more than studying, looking out for his brother Jeremy, and admiring the girl next door.
An assignment to write the biography of someone leads Joe to a residential home for the elderly, and to Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam Vet and a murderer. Carl ...more
The Life We Bury is a compelling debut mystery thriller which explores various forms and levels of guilt while at the same time, providing hope and redemption.
Joe is doing a paper for his college biography class, prompting him to visit a nursing home in hopes of interviewing someone who has lived a long life, who might be willing to share their experiences, which will hopefully leave an inspirational impression. Howeve ...more
Joe is a young man who is about as good as they come. Struggling to stay in college with no help from his alcoholic mother, and keep an eye on his autistic brother. He is strongly bonded to his brother and cares greatly about his welfare even when it disrupts his own young life.
An English assignment takes him to a nursing home and one of th ...more
The Life We Bury is a fast paced mystery with an engaging narrative. From the very first chapter, I was completely hooked. This novel completely held my attention from start to finish, threatening to leave me with a nasty book hangover.
I absolutely loved the characters in this novel, who were well-round and complex. In this relatively short novel, Eskens skillfully develops flawed characters with realistic relationships. I particularly adored the interactions b ...more
So I’m thrilled to have been introduced to Eskens’ writing recently, a ...more
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