The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

3CE55903-EB40-47F1-B873-4EE7AF27B844Thank you to Mullholland Books for sending me a free copy of The Shadows We Hide in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis from Amazon:

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 the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota.

Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town’s residents have much to say about the dead man-other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife’s inheritance after she, too, passed away–an inheritance that may now be Joe’s.

Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking to get back into her son’s life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history– before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own.

My Review:

If you follow my reviews at all, then you know that Allen Eskens is one of my favorite authors.  He writes crime fiction/suspense novels but he creates some of the most believable characters in theses genres. The pacing in all of Eskens’ novels is also very well done and last, Eskens is just a natural story teller:  Each of his novels has such great readability that the pages turn effortlessly and the reader is immersed in the story from page one.

In The Shadows We Hide, Eskens is back with his unique story telling, picking up a few years after where The Life We Bury ended.  It has been several years since I read The Life We Bury, so I was a little concerned that maybe I would have forgotten some of the story, but there was plenty of little reminder paragraphs here and there, especially in the beginning, to jog my memory which I really appreciated.

I quickly remembered how much I like Joe from the first book,  his character is vulnerable and very realistic. He’s a man who has not been handed anything in life but has chosen to do his best with what he has. He shows a little arrogance when things go his way, but turns around to show humility when he messes up. I love that this book continues with Joe’s story but adds a little more mystery to it.  I feel like Eskens could continue with Joe’s character and make theses books into a series if he wanted to.

The Shadows We Hide was another great novel from Allen Eskens, there were a ton of twists and turns at the end that I did not see coming which made for some great suspense.  And I enjoyed seeing more of Joe’s relationships with his autistic brother Jeremey, his girlfriend Lila and his mom. If you loved The Life We Bury, then you need to read this one.  And if you’ve never read anything by this author, you need to start! I give this one an easy 5 stars, and will be patiently awaiting another Max Rupert novel (at least I’m hoping to get one!).

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