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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  2,284 ratings  ·  233 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Barbara Sissel
This review was featured in my Mini Review Monday segment

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
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As a mother myself, the premise for this domestic suspense grabbed my attention and I am thankful to Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author for providing me with the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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
Tudor Vlad
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
What happens when your son is accused of murder and all the evidences seem to point towards him being guilty. He is also on the run and nowhere to be seen, do you doubt his innocence or do you keep being adamant that all must be a misunderstanding and he is just a victim? This is what The Truth We Bury tries to explore and it does it pretty well with the dual perspective of two mothers: the mother of AJ, the man everyone believes to be a murdered, and the mother of Shea, the woman he is supposed ...more
Susan Peterson
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this intriguing novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel, the murder of a young girl opens up a Pandora's box of betrayal, lies, and regret. All of the evidence points to AJ Isley, a young man with a tainted, violent past....the only people who are convinced of his innocence are his mother, Lily, and his fiancée, Shea. There are so many layers to this story, as it takes a path as twisty as the Texas Hill Country where the story takes place. The Truth We Bury is a great suspense, one which leaves the re ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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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
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Taylor Sissel has done it again, sucked me into an engrossing murder-mystery set deep in the heart of rural Texas. THE TRUTH WE BURY is a fast-paced story loaded with suspense and intrigue that explores the depths people go to protect those they love, no matter their faults, flaws, and secrets. It’s a page-turner of a novel that’ll keep you reading straight through. A wonderful pick for a book club, too. I highly recommend.

*I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Christine Moore
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book was a great murder mystery. So many secrets and lies and tons of family drama kept me reading way past my bedtime! I loved the characters. I felt Lily's pain as she tried to protect her son. I felt Shea's excitement about the wedding then her love for A.J. while she is defending knowing in her heart he couldn't have killed her bridesmaid. It is a wonderful who-done-it book that keeps you guessing until the end. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in return for a ...more
Barbara White
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two mothers, one question: What would you do if your grown child was implicated in a brutal murder?

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
Deborah Blanchard
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is domestic suspense at its best! This book grabs you from the first page and never lets you go. It is a terrific murder mystery that will keep you guessing till the end and then, bam, shockwaves! This is also a book about love, trust, betrayal and forgiveness. It deals,also, with the affects of PTSD. How it affects the person who has it and also those around him. This book is so well written and the flow is simply incredible. The characters are true to life and I knew them all on such ...more
Emily Carpenter
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this engrossing murder mystery set in small town Texas, Barbara Taylor Sissel uses one of life's seemingly innocuous and happy events--a wedding--to explore the psychology of how parents seek to protect and control their children's lives, often resulting in tragedy. This is the wedding of AJ and Shea, two people who come loaded with baggage--their own, their wedding party's, and their parents', who have more than a few secrets. What do you do when the person your child plans to marry has ment ...more
Angela Marie
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Highlights- This was a very easy read to get into, though it did not pull me away from any previously scheduled activities because some parts held my interest more than others. The pacing also varied from slow to fast in different parts of the story. I was very eager to read this book given the role of PTSD in military veterans as I am a VA clinical psychologist. The author sheds light on how this impacts both vets and their loved ones, with attention to the varying beliefs they can have about l ...more
Linda Zagon
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kudos to Barbara Sissel, author of "THE TRUTH WE BURY" for such an exciting and descriptive and entertaining story. The genres of this novel are Women's Fiction, Adult Fiction, Mystery and Suspense.

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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Holy Cow! This was such a wonderful surprise! Two mother's believing in their child and all the disappointments that follow.

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.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it

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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Non-stop and over the top manufactured antics with incessant chatter further advocating, and advancing constant implausibilities.

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
Diane Perry
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. What a fantastic murder mystery. It starts with a bang and keeps you interested all the way to the end. We begin with a girl's murder and Lily's son in the run. Then the lies, deception, and and many secrets are exposed. Every character was interesting, and I am also happy to see an author shed a light on PTSD. She did an incredible job with that subject. Unputdownable! ...more
Karen McQuestion
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Compulsively readable and gorgeously written, Barbara Sissel Taylor’s The Truth We Bury had me enthralled from the first page to its stunning conclusion. Readers will love the blend of suspense, mystery, and family drama, and book clubs will find much to discuss. This is a novel you won’t want to miss.
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Rachel (atimetothrill)
3.5 stars. It didn't blow my mind but it was pretty good. I had a bit of a reading slump in the middle of reading this so I finished it in 5 days instead of 1 or maybe 2 days. I liked the characters and had high suspicions of who was the culprit but I didn't fully figure it out on my own. Definitely a few twists in there as well. I will look for other books from this author and recommend this to anybody who likes mystery/thrillers!

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a free digit
Mary (Marbear)
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Dennelle at Lake Union for getting me advance review copy of this book. I become a huge fan of Barbara when I read "Faultlines." I didn't think she could top that book. Barbara hits this one out of the ball park. You meet a group of young girls when one of them is about to get married. The live in a small town in Texas, where everyone knows their neighbors. Or do they really know them? One of the bridesmaids is murdered and the bride (Shea) husband-to-be (AJ) is the lead suspect. We me ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
As you can see from all the books I have read by this author, I am a huge fan. I love her writing style, which is descriptive and allows the reader to get lost in the story. She also has a talent of weaving and interweaving suspense until it ends with a climatic ending. I thought, that since I have read so many of her books, that I would be able to figure it out but once again, an ending that I didn't see coming.

In THE TRUTH WE BURY, AJ and Shea are getting married in 2 weeks. A joyous occasion
Jenna Patrick
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So excited to have received an advance copy of this before its release!

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.

Highly recommend!
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, finished it in a few hours. It's a great book filled with suspense and family secrets where relationships and emotions mix together.
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
Emily Grimes
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a novel by this author, and I cannot wait to get my hands on more! The story kept me engrossed, and I had no idea what was coming! I loved the way the characters were developed, and ended up feeling like I knew them as close friends. This novel was an excellent look into the secrets we keep buried, and the impacts they have on our lives. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to say I was pretty sure early on what would happen, but I didn't see some of the twists. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This is the second book by Barbara Taylor Sissel I've had the opportunity to read courtesy of NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing. I gave it a 4 star rating. As a mother myself, this book grabbed me. I know I would do anything for my children as we see in the mothers in this book do. There's Lily, mother of AJ, and Dru, mother of Shea. AJ and Shea are to be married in just a couple weeks. Rather quickly we pick up that neither mother is very fond of their child's choice for a spouse. Right from ...more
Jennifer Higgins
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Just not a favorite

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.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an intriguing, and easy to get into, murder mystery-family drama style story. The characters had incredibly realistic depth and feeling.

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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A suspenseful atmospheric novel that pivots around 2 families grappling to hold onto their family secrets at moment of tragedy and desperation.

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
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Planning a wedding is stressful in and of its self but add in not one but two murders and the groom as a suspect, and you have an "edge of your seat" read. Before Shea and AJ even get married, their love and trust in each other is truly tested, as is the love between mothers and their children.

"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
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Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. Next to writing books she loves to edit them, and with more than fifteen years in the profession, both as a bestselling author and as a developmental editor, she's got experience. Contact her via her website if you' ...more

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