The Life We Bury
by Allen Eskens
Paperback- $8.44

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a ...

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  "The Life We Bury" by smokey1 (see profile) 07/24/15

Great characters and a different story line.

  "The Life We Bury" by martykalkman (see profile) 10/02/15

Twist and turns with adventure, romance and focus on special circimstances. Very good characters.

  "Couldn't put this book down." by hmattson (see profile) 01/25/16

I loved this book! I finished the book in 2 & 1/2 days. I found myself wanting to talk about it to the ladies in the book club weeks before we were scheduled to meet. I am now going to download other books by this author just because the writing style was so captivating.

  "The Life we Bury" by hans22 (see profile) 02/01/16

This book is one of those you cannot put down once you start it.

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  "The Life We Bury" by whitesc3 (see profile) 02/24/16

The book was very good. Our book club really enjoyed it.

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  "Couldn't Put It Down" by (see profile) 03/30/16

I read this as part of my book club. Absolutely loved it, lots of twists and turns! This one was hard to put down.

  "Good Book!" by Cindi126 (see profile) 04/06/16

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There were a few sections of the book that felt a little far-fetched. However, it was a very quick read and enjoyable. I can see this book being made into a movie.

  "" by Tracylou (see profile) 04/30/16

We all enjoyed the book, although we wished it had been more about the relationship between Carl and Joe. It got a bit melodramatic at the end, maybe unbelievable.

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  "Pleasantly surprised " by (see profile) 05/10/16

I had never heard of this author before so I was very surprised by how good it was. I liked how the author tied it all together in the end. Loved the characters.

  "The Life We Bury" by Smokygirl (see profile) 05/13/16

This was such an easy read. It had all the elements that I like in a book. There was mystery,romance,determination,compassion and kept you on the edge of your seat. A good thriller over all.

  "Great novel!" by RRW21062 (see profile) 05/13/16

I loved the investigative aspect to solve the 30 year old case against Carl Ivers.

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  "Mystery quick read" by debie (see profile) 05/19/16

The Life We Bury works on several levels with character and plot driven story line. One book club member stated Joe Talbert's voice was not believable for a 20 year old male. It is a page turner. Jeremy the younger brother provides a subplot that comes into focus towards the end of the novel.

  "Good Character Development" by mopsickmom (see profile) 05/26/16

The beginning of the book had good character development but the end became unrealistic and contrived.

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  "The Life We Bury" by marilynjmay (see profile) 06/08/16

The book started out interesting and kept my interest through out the book. I liked the different aspects of the characters and how they each had a life to bury. Very well written and tied together.

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  "The Life We Bury" by (see profile) 07/08/16

Loved the characters.

  "The life we bury" by lebeau (see profile) 07/15/16

It was a fun fast read. The book started out good and was fast paced from page one. Perfect for anytime but especially summer.

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  "The life we bury." by suemoros (see profile) 07/28/16

Fast moving. Gripping.

  "Different type of book" by J9danzt (see profile) 07/29/16

The story unfolds and reveals lives of those in prison. Innocent people are there too.

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  "The Life We Bury" by (see profile) 08/17/16

Page turner and hard to put down!

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  "The Life We Bury" by dminor (see profile) 09/02/16

The story is addictive and well written. The twists and turns keep readers turning pages to see what happens next and how the story will unfold. The brotherly love is also inspiring.

  "the life we bury" by Carolynr (see profile) 09/05/16

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran--and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory.

joe unravels the truth slowly but may not be in time
this was an easy ready and a very good story!!

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  "The Life We Bury" by delucial2 (see profile) 12/02/16

Our book club loved this book. It convincingly meshed two separate stories into one. It was both plot driven and character driven with lots of tension, and exciting ending.

  "The Life We Bury" by (see profile) 12/05/16

Caught my attention from the first chapter. Once I started I didn't want to stop reading.

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  "The Life We Bury" by ccroft78248 (see profile) 01/02/17

Quick read! Very entertaining. Enjoyable.

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  "too YAish for me" by ebach (see profile) 01/11/17

On the recommendation of a friend who loves my book recommendations, I read THE LIFE WE BURY. I am not as impressed with it as she is but not because it isn’t a good book. I found it too young adultish. Although many adults like YA novels, I mostly don’t.

Joe is a young college student who has escaped a lousy home life. His slovenly mother drinks too much, spends too much time at bars and casinos, and does not seem to care for her other son, Joe’s autistic half brother who is physically abused by his mother’s boyfriend. But that’s just a side story. The real story begins with Joe’s assignment for his English class.

The assignment is to write someone’s biography. So Joe finds in a nursing home an old dying man, Carl, who has spent the last 30 years in prison for a crime he claims he did not commit. Now the real story begins when Joe becomes convinced that Carl is, indeed, innocent. So he takes it upon himself to prove it.

I almost forgot Joe’s female college-student neighbor. Of course, you guessed it, they fall in love and she helps.

The blog Bookpage calls THE LIFE WE BURY “compulsively suspenseful.” Some will agree. I found it predictable. Yet, I did enjoy most of the book. Even if it is predictable, it goes the way I want it to.

This is Allen Eskens’s debut novel. He’s written a couple of others since THE LIFE WE BURY, and I’m going to try one. I read an excerpt of his THE GUISE OF ANOTHER, and it doesn’t sound YAish.


  "Excellent Read" by Bottlepond (see profile) 01/13/17

Enjoyed by our Book Club members. With this being Eskens first novel, we expect more wonderful works to come from this author.

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  "The Life We Bury" by DebbyH (see profile) 02/22/17

An excellent read, very well written.

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  "Mystery with great characters" by CathyMeyer (see profile) 03/15/17

Fast read, it's a mystery with developed characters. I found it a really well done first book. It does lean a bit towards Young Adult but I really like young adult books.
Good choice for book club times when no one has lots of time to read.

  "The Life We Bury" by 1chacha (see profile) 03/16/17

This book has everything a great book should have. There is a lot to discuss. Very well written, and also an easy read. Looking forward to other titles from this author.

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  "Good discussion" by pfoust (see profile) 04/07/17

Readers can relate to this book because we all have events in our past that we choose to bury.

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  "the life we bury" by agnesd (see profile) 06/25/17

One of the worst books I've ever read. A poorly written
Hardy Boys book.

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