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The Shadows We Hide

(Joe Talbert #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,100 ratings  ·  871 reviews
Journalist Joe Talbert investigates the murder of the father he never knew, and must reckon with his own family's past, in this "brilliant sequel" to the national bestseller The Life We Bury (Publishers Weekly)

Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Terrie It's the sequel, but he drops enough about The Life We Bury in this one that I don't think you have to re-read it. It's five years later from the end …moreIt's the sequel, but he drops enough about The Life We Bury in this one that I don't think you have to re-read it. It's five years later from the end of TLWB.(less)
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Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens is a 2018 Mulholland Books publication.


This sequel to ‘The Life We Bury’, finds Joe Talbert working with The Associated Press. He is enjoying a little heady success, when suddenly his esteemed career is circling the drain. While on a recommended leave of absence, Joe follows up on the stunning report that a man named Joe Talbert was found dead in Buckley, a small town in Minnesota. Joe feels compelled to find out if this man is his long lost
Susanne  Strong
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars* (rounded up)

Reading “The Shadows We Hide” is like meeting up with an old friend who you haven’t seen in years. Once you reconnect, it’s like no time has passed at all. Oh how I’ve missed you Joe Talbert!

Nowadays, Joe Talbert is a Reporter for the Associated Press. Talk about making it big time! He still lives in Minnesota with his girlfriend Lila Nash and both of them take care of Joe’s autistic brother Jeremy. All would be swell if he hadn’t just been served with a Summons and Comp
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I had heard great things about this author, this is the first book that I’ve read of his. I understand that this is a follow up to “The Life We Bury” in which many of the main characters were introduced. Perhaps it would have been better to read that book first but at any rate here is what I thought.

Joe Talbert has his first “real” job after college working for the Associated Press and has been doing a great job. Recently he has written a story about a man who is running for t
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadows We Hide (Joe Talbert #2) by Allen Eskens (Goodreads Author), Zach Villa (Narrator)

Joe is working for the Associated Press now and has just written an explosive exposé on a politician which gets both him and his boss sued. At the same time, he learns that the dad he never knew has possibly been murdered and since he is in limbo at work, he heads for the small town where his dad died, to learn more about his father. Joe leaves behind his girlfriend, Lily, studying for her bar exam, and
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a book that I can fully lose myself in. Once I started this one I knew I was in for a big treat!
This is the sequel to The Life We Bury, a book I adored, and is currently holding a proud position on my favorites shelf. This follow up is equally brilliant.

What makes a good, decent man?

Joe Talbert is a writer for the Associated Press and thinks he is having the worst day of his life. He might be right…he just got served court papers. That’s right! Joe is being sued. Apparently one of h
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2018-completed
Meet Joe Talbert – Junior. Joe discovers there really is a Joe Talbert Senior; that his father is more than just a myth that his addict mother had invented. Joe will never have the chance to meet him, for two reasons: (1) He swore he would never try to find his father, and (2) It’s too late anyway, because he is dead.

Six years ago, Joe was in college and so was his girlfriend Lila Nash. They now have legal guardianship of Joe’s autistic brother Jeremy, Lila is in law school and about to write he
Sometimes home isn't a place, it's a person...
Allen Eskens did it again. Wrote a great, psychological, solid crime story, featuring Joe Talbert Jr., his autistic brother Jeremy, his addicted mother with whom he now broke all ties, and his studying to be a lawyer girlfriend. Reads breathlessly and easy, keeps you in the story with twists and turns, Eskens is a great storyteller. 'Compulsively suspenseful' says a review. I did think that the previous book, 'The Life we bury' was a bit better than
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read The Life We Bury a few years ago and loved it. Naturally, I was ecstatic to see that Allen Eskins came out with this sequel The Shadows We Hide. This second book definitely met my expectations.

In this sequel, Joe is now a reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis. He's living with his girlfriend Lila who is studying to be a lawyer. Jeremy, Joe's autistic brother, is living with them too after a blow up with Joe's mom previously. At this point, Joe can care less if he ever sees
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars! A thrilling and suspenseful follow up in the The Life We Bury series.

Joe Talbert Jr. has graduated from college and is a journalist at the Associated Press. He comes across an article about the murder of a man named Joe Talbert in a small town a few hours away. Desperately curious to find out if this could be a link to the father he never knew, Joe finds himself digging up details and chasing answers to try to sort through the small town’s secrets.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel from
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Joe Talbert is back - to investigate the father he never knew, to become a good man, and to learn more about his past.

Eskens has crafted another hit! This one has Joe Talbert struggling to protect a source while at the same time trying to learn more about a dead man who has the same name as his father (could this man be his father?) and trying to come to terms with his mother who wants back in his life.

Joe must leave his girlfriend, Lila and his Autistic brother, Jeremy behind as he tra
Justin Tate
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tight, fast-paced mystery that's never short on conflict. I think every chapter has a barfight, family squabble, attempted murder or actual murder. That's not counting the lawsuits, blackmail, posturing, infidelity, and about 6 or 7 twists.

All in all, a solid follow-up to The Life We Bury. I prefer the premise of Joe Talbert's previous adventure, but felt the ending came out of nowhere and was a little too Hollywood. This book is Hollywood from beginning to end, but feels more satisfying in it
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful, gripping & thrilling!

THE SHADOWS WE HIDE by ALLEN ESKENS is an engaging, interesting, fast-paced and excellent mystery novel that pulled me in right from the very first page and held my attention right to the very end having me finishing it is less than 24 hours. I was totally immersed in this suspenseful storyline and thoroughly enjoyed the narrative, the mystery and the characters.

ALLEN ESKENS delivers a complex, well-written and well-plotted read here with memorable and realisti
Diane S ☔
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sequel to this authors novel, The life we bury, which I absolutely loved. Joe Talbert is now a reporter, and a very ethical one at that. When a story he wrote, revealing the wrong doings of a senator, goes public, he finds his job in jeopardy. He still refuses to give up his source, keeping his promise not to do so. Now he finds himself embroiled in a mystery concerning the death of the father he never knew.

Joe is the kind of man one would want their daughter to marry. He is caring, dependab
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal." (Lao Tzu)

Allen Eskens presents quite the "down the road" continuation of his characters from The Life We Bury. We lock arms with Joe Talbert who is now working as a journalist for the Associated Press in Minneapolis. Joe and his girlfriend, Lila, have custody of his younger autistic brother, Jeremy. Lila is on the precipice of taking the bar exam and the tension of that seems to permeate throughout their small apartment.

And, once again,
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
Lost causes, second chances, and making things right.  A longtime animosity slowly segues into grudging admiration.  The notion is offered that home is not always a place, but might very well be a person.     

It was good to spend time in Joe Talbert's company again, he is such a relatable guy.  A sequel to The Life We Bury, this is a fine murder mystery, but it is the weight of family that shines here.  I have read three books by this author now, and I am already eyeballing another.
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Allen Eskens is a favorite author of ours and I have read and loved all of his books. I think we read most of his books in our Traveling Sisters group. I was very excited to see Allen Eskens brought back Joe from The Life We Bury and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thank you to HBG Canada and Allen Eskens for Norma, Lindsay and my ARCs and the opportunity to read this intriguing and exciting story here with The Shadows We Hide. We all were left cheering after reading and discussing this ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This sequel to The Life We Buried deals with Joe Tolbert, now a reporter facing a libel lawsuit, who all of a sudden is dealing with all sorts of “family issues”. His never known father is the victim of a homicide, his meth head mother is trying to get back into his life and he possibly has a half sister. He’s facing a lot of issues, but can I say I didn’t initially find him a sympathetic character? He takes advantage of his girlfriend and seems to be ignoring his autistic brother.

But the writi
j e w e l s
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s no secret that I adore Allen Eskens. I haven’t missed a single book, and THE SHADOWS WE HIDE is by far my most anticipated read yet. I’m here to tell you…..IT’S WORTH THE WAIT! If you are an Eskens fan, you know this is the sequel to his blockbuster debut, THE LIFE WE BURY. And if you have not read the first one, why the hell not?????

Eskens is such a lovely writer, definitely one of the very best in the suspense/thriller genre. He takes the time to weave a layered plot, drawin
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this riveting story! I read it all the way through as I didn’t want to put it down. I was into all the characters (the good and the bad) because they were all well done and played their roles so well.

There’s Joe Jr., a “bastard” which a bully calls him at school, and the bully also calls Joe’s mother a drunk and a bitch, which technically, these are true statements. Hence it begins...

Joe is living with his love, Lila. She has her own set of issues from childhood/young adulthood. B
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, fast paced, page-turner from the author of "The Life We Bury". Allen Eskens brings back his main characters Joe Talbert, Joe's autistic brother Jeremy, and Lila, Joe's girlfriend, in an all new novel that has twists and turns, unexpected happenings, as well as a very unpredictable ending. Readers won't want to miss this one. I definitely look forward to more from this author.
I thank Mulholland Books for providing a hardcover copy of this novel.
What a ride! I think that is the fastest ever read a book. Well....honestly, Hachette publisher sent this to me awhile ago. Yeah, was so excited and I got it, put it down, and it sat there. I always think about the next book I plan to read, but when it comes time, moods change, priorities change, the mountain of TBR is calling and I just never know what I'll pick up next. Recently, that day came for this one and I jumped in, flying through it. And enjoying the wild ride.

Here we revisit Joe Talbe
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and brutal, Esken’s storytelling just gets better with every book. He is at his literary best with this multi-layered plot full of small town secrets and big time low-lifes. Murder, deception and a reckoning with the past all await.

After spending time with Max Rupert in his last three installments, we return to the characters in his debut, The Life We Bury, and what an extraordinary sequel this is. I didn’t even know I wanted to know what happened next and was even more moved than his
Mary Beth
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in The Joe Talbert series. The first book is The Life We Bury.
I just loved this series. I thought it was fantastic. I want to thank my friend, Jaline for her glowing reviews of this series. If it wouldn't of been for me reading her reviews of this series, I would of really been missing out on a fantastic series. I loved her quote that said something like I really would love to see readers reading this series for the first time. I got this on Overdrive and just loved it. I
Jenny Jo Weir
I love Allen Eskens!!! There is just something about his writing style that sucks me in right from the get go. I loved this whole story, from the little plot twists, to the exceptional characters and the extra reveals. I have to applaud the author for picking up the story so nicely while interweaving and expanding from book one. I wish there would have been a little more of a certain someone in the book but hopefully we will get to continue Joe Talbert's journey in future books. Excellent read, ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
There is something I just love about a book written years apart from the first that brings back the same characters - it’s that nostalgic feeling of coming home. And it’s even better when the second story is just as good (if not better) than the first! I know in this series, Eskens has 3 books between The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide but this is the first to feature Joe Tolbert as the main character again. In TLWB, I loved getting to know scrappy Joe, tough Lila and sweet Jeremy. In TSWH ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Once again Allen Eskens takes us into Joe Talbot's world, a world of secrets, a world of murder, and a world of forgiveness.

For those of us who met Joe, his autistic brother Jeremy, his girlfriend, Lila, and a mother, Kathy, (the mother from hell), in The Life We Bury, you might be delighted to see their return.

In this installment, Joe tackles the death of his supposed father who was murdered. Joe, now a reporter, takes on his despicable uncle, the police, and a barmaid, Vicki, who seems to fanc
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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I absolutely loved this novel. The characters, the mystery and the immersive narrative pulled me in from the first page and held me captive until the very end.

It's no secret that I consider Allen Eskens to be my favourite mystery author so I was ecstatic to learn that he was coming out with a new novel this year. I have read and loved all of his previously published novels and can now say that his newest book did not disappoint. Personally
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Joe, Jeremy, and Lila are back, a few years after The Life We Bury took place. I was ecstatic to find no waiting for a copy at my library -- guess this area hasn't heard how great this author is yet.

Lila is preparing for the bar exam while Joe is on a break from his job as a reporter, having written a questionable tell-all about a senator and refusing to name his source. He promised the source he never would and he means it. He's a decent guy which is all Lila expects from him. He take
Kathryn in FL
Author, Allen Eskens continues to wow readers with a well developed main character and secondary characters, with whom the reader identifies with and roots for throughout the story. More than a proficient writer, the story is complex, mysterious and well executed. My fourth experience continues to impress and propel me to read him further.

Joe Talbert is working as a regional reporter for the AP. He discovers that a man with the same name has been murdered in a town a few hours away. Though he ha
♥ Sandi ❣
4 stars

The ongoing sequel to the book The Life We Bury, picks up characters Joe, Jeremy and Lila. Yet sends these characters off in a different direction. Joe finds that his name sake is dead and sets off to find out if the man is really his father. Throughout this story Joe meets Vicki and ends up in a compromising position, finds that he is and isn't a millionaire, is arrested in connection with the death of his father, and allows his previously abused autistic brother, Jeremy, access to their
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