The Life We Bury

The Life We Bury - Allen Eskens, Zach Villa

When Joe Talbert has to write interview a person for his biography english class he finds himself at a nursing home. There he meets Carl Iverson, a Vietnam Veteran who is is on terminal cancer release from prison where he has been for 30 years after being convicted of rape and murder. In Joe's interviews with Carl, he goes looking for the facts and truth of the case.


I really liked this book, it surprised me because I hadn't heard of it and it was just suggested in one of my audiobook apps after downloading Pretty Baby.  I was really surprised by how much I liked the characters. I liked Joe and his family and their drama. I liked Lila, though I didn't love what Eskens did with her character backstory. While this was a pretty standard mystery novel the characters were interesting and I liked the complexities that they had and I felt like they were fully realized which is frequently missing in these kinds of novels. I'll be interested to see what else Eskens comes out with.