The Truth We Bury
In this intense, multilayered domestic drama, two families become entangled in a web of lies, secrets, and betrayal that results in an act of violence so shocking their love may not survive.
On the outside, Lily Isley’s life seems perfect: a wealthy husband, a ritzy gated community in Dallas, and a handsome son, AJ—a decorated marine about to be married to his love, She...more
This story is narrated from the perspective of two mothers, Lily and Dru, each having a child marrying the other’s. Lily’s son A.J. is a military hero and Dru’s daughter Shea has experienced a tough life as the child of a single mother with an abusive father. While this story may seem predictable to some readers, perhaps even done over many times before, I felt that aspect didn’t detract from my journey with these characters. There was a c ...more
The Truth we Bury is told from the points of view of two mothers, Lily and Dru, whose children AJ (a decorated marine) and Shea are about to get married.
When Shea's maid of honour is found dead in AJ's apartment and AJ is nowhere to be found, he quickly becomes the ...more
I had high hopes for this book, I love a good domestic suspense and the premise for this captured my attention easily. I'm so torn about how I actually feel about The Truth We Bury, there were parts I liked and parts I didn't at all, so I'll just explain my stance and let you decide what you think.
There was something compulsive about this book, I read it really fast and it mostly held my attention. The authors writing style was solid and ...more
*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
As evidence mounts against a missing decorated marine, his mother and future mother-in-law, two women who share nothing but the need to protect their adult children, become unlikely allies. Both women have already lost so much and stand to lose so much more. But in the race to uncover the truth and catch a killer, they find courage and compassion. As family secrets, lies, and betrayals are reveale ...more
The author describes her characters as conflicted and complicated. and flawed. The story is narrated by the alternating perspectives of two mothers , whose children are about to get married. Both families are dysfunctional in many ways and have SECRETS. Shea and AJ are engaged to be married in a few ...more
The characters were well written with lots of depth and personality. This was a fast paced mystery/thriller that I was not able to predict until all was revealed.
My thanks to netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this advanced readers copy. ...more
A gripping story that had you wondering just who was this killer that killed the maid of honor from Shea and AJ's wedding just days before the wedding. AJ, a decorated marine with PTSD is the number one suspect. The bridesmaid was killed in his apartment and he's missing. Opinions of the in-laws and of the townspeople play a very big role in this story. It's not a cozy little mystery set in a small town outside Dallas. There are some very important issues dealt with while trying to find ...more
The character development was weak, it took reading 60% of the book to get to any real plot other than hints at "secrets"'that you aren't that invested in finding out, but figure you must press on anyways. Once the loose ends are tied up in a messy bow, I found myself saying, "that's it!?!" You expect me to believe that beyond out there storyline and explanation? This ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free digit ...more
In THE TRUTH WE BURY, AJ and Shea are getting married in 2 weeks. A joyous occasion ...more
I loved this book. Beautifully written, Sissel’s latest work is the perfect emotional storm of family secrets, regret, and revenge. The Truth We Bury will keep you guessing until the final shocking reveal, all while making you wonder which of your own little buried truths could come back to haunt you.
The story, which starts with the murder of a bridesmaid, tells the tale of two mothers. Lily whose son, AJ, is accused of murdering the bridesmaid and Dru, whose daughter, Shea, is AJ's fiancée and his staunch supporter.
Both the mothers have had a difficult emotional past which have left scars, and this influences their decisions and outlook. Ea ...more
The story line was okay, but the story telling just lacked some sophistication for me. There were also so many characters that it sometimes felt like a chore to keep up with each and what the reader was supposed to remember about their backstories.
This isn't my first book by this author, and it certainly won't be my last. She writes such compelling characters. They're all so real, in such horrific situations, but they all understandable as they're so well written. If you want a character driven story, one that will have you thinking about how you'd handle a specific situation, then any book by th ...more
Lily receives the phone call. A female body is found in her son's apartment. Not just anybody but his fiancee’s bridesmaid and his ex-girlfriend. Lily feels an overwhelming sense of dread overcome her. This is not AJ's first brush with the law and he is no where to be found.
Dru is the mother of AJ’s fiancee Shea. She has never liked AJ and fears that his ...more
"Your children are your children, and you love them regardless."
"As mothers they shared in this, the undying devotion to their children. For they are always your children, no matter their age. They are y ...more