The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
What secrets are hidden deeply in someone’s past? When Joe Talbert is assigned to write a biography for his college English class, he has no idea of the story he is about to uncover. Growing up with an alcoholic mother, and helping take care of his autistic brother, Joe dreams of a better life.
His life takes a turn when he is introduced to Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam veteran living out his last days in a nursing home. Carl, diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, has been recently released from prison where he was sentenced for the rape and murder of his 14 year old neighbor 30 years prior.
As Joe delves into the life of Carl, he finds it increasingly difficult to understand how a soldier who seems to have such a high-moral values would be capable of the heinous crime for which he was committed.
Along with the help of his neighbor and potential new love, Lila, Joe sets out to discover the truth about the crime, and uncover secrets long buried before it’s too late.
I really enjoyed this novel, and the audio version which I listened to was very captivating. It’s a story that draws you in and looks at the good and evil within the world and people. There are enough twists and turns in this novel that it will keep you guessing until the very end.