Local Stories: The Lives We Bury by Allen Eskens – A Review

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

The Lives We Bury by Allen Eskens

“No one can change the sound of an echo.”
Allen Eskens, The Life We Bury

Author: Allen Eskens
Narrator: Zach Villa
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Mystery, suspense
Book rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐
Narrator rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This author is from Minnesota as well as lives here. This book is also based in Minnesota which I really enjoyed because I recognized almost all of the places mentioned in this story.

This story follows Joe, a young adult man trying to juggle college, money problems, his unreliable alcoholic mother, and looking out for his autistic brother.

Joe needs to interview someone older for a school paper so he goes to a local senior living center and asks the staff if anyone would be willing and able to help him with his project. The staff suggests Carl Iverson, a convicted rapist and murderer who has only been released from prison because he is dying of cancer. Carl has maintained his innocence for the last 30 years. During Joe’s own research for writing his paper, he unravels a mystery.

My thoughts:
Overall, the plot was good, there were a couple of twists, one of which I wasn’t expecting. The one question I do have is: When will book characters learn that you shouldn’t confront a murder, especially alone; without telling anyone where you are going or what you are doing? smh.

I really enjoyed Joe as a character and I felt he was very relatable. I really felt for him and his brother and their struggles. The relationship between Joe and his brother, Jeremy, is so heartwarming and one of my favorite parts of the book.

This book ended almost a little too well, if you get my meaning. Joe definitely deserved everything he got at the end, but it was conveniently wrapped up in a pretty ribbon.

The Narrator:
Zach was perfect for this book. His voice was just right, he sounded just like a college guy would sound. He was clear and eloquent and did a good job changing voices with the characters. Zach did an excellent job personifying Joe’s mother and his brother, Jeremy. He made me feel like I was right in the middle of the story.

I am very happy I listened to this book and I am looking forward to reading (or listening to) more of Allen Eskens’ books in the future.


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