The Shadows We Hide
In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family's past.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.

The Shadows We Hide Details

TitleThe Shadows We Hide
Author
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherMulholland Books
ISBN-139780316509787
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Shadows We Hide Review

  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    January 1, 1970
    3 and 1/2 rounded up to a 4 for the ending. I had heard great things about this author, this is the first book that I’ve read of his. I understand that this is a follow up to “The Life We Bury” in which many of the main characters were introduced. Perhaps it would have been better to read that book first but at any rate here is what I thought.Joe Talbert has his first “real” job after college working for the Associated Press and has been doing a great job. Recently he has written a story about a 3 and 1/2 rounded up to a 4 for the ending. I had heard great things about this author, this is the first book that I’ve read of his. I understand that this is a follow up to “The Life We Bury” in which many of the main characters were introduced. Perhaps it would have been better to read that book first but at any rate here is what I thought.Joe Talbert has his first “real” job after college working for the Associated Press and has been doing a great job. Recently he has written a story about a man who is running for the Senate which was quite volatile. This was discussed at the beginning of the book and then not again until the end.Joe had a difficult childhood being raised by an alcoholic mother and caring for his autistic brother, Jeremy. He is living with his long time girlfriend Lila who is about to take the bar exam, she shares in the care of Jeremy while attending law school. I would have liked to know more about Lila but perhaps she was described more in the first book.Joe has never known his father, his mother refusing to tell him who he is. An article appears in a Minnesota newspaper that lists Joe Talbert as being deceased with some suspicious circumstances. Joe is quite the detective and takes it upon himself to go to the small town where his father apparently had lived and try to find out about him. What he finds is surprising and this is where our mystery comes in. He also learns that he has more family than he thought he had! Then there is the mention of an inheritance, Joe has no idea about any of this but it’s a small town and people talk. “A word he used -- inheritance, a word that seemed out of place in any discussion of my family. Nothing I’d come across so far suggested that Toke Talbert would die with more than a month’s rent in his pocket”.This is not a fast paced, page turning type of book. It is a great character study with a mystery to unravel. I did find myself “waiting for the action” to occur during at least half of the book, but I persevered. I won’t go through the plot as you can read the blurb for that. The story takes place both where Joe lives, the Minneapolis area and the small town of Buckley, Minnesota where his father was found dead. We are introduced to some interesting, if somewhat predictable, characters. The sheriff, J. Kimball, his deputies, Calder and Lewis, the owner of the only motel in town, The Caspen Inn and the waitress Vicky who seems more than interested in Joe. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and how they would react to the solving of the mystery of who killed Joe’s father.For me this was a 3 1/2 star book until the ending which I loved!! It was the unraveling of a very intricately plotted mystery which took me by surprise, that bumped it up to a 4*I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    This sequel to The Life We Buried deals with Joe Tolbert, now a reporter facing a libel lawsuit, who all of a sudden is dealing with all sorts of “family issues”. His never known father is the victim of a homicide, his meth head mother is trying to get back into his life and he possibly has a half sister. He’s facing a lot of issues, but can I say I didn’t initially find him a sympathetic character? He takes advantage of his girlfriend and seems to be ignoring his autistic brother. But the writi This sequel to The Life We Buried deals with Joe Tolbert, now a reporter facing a libel lawsuit, who all of a sudden is dealing with all sorts of “family issues”. His never known father is the victim of a homicide, his meth head mother is trying to get back into his life and he possibly has a half sister. He’s facing a lot of issues, but can I say I didn’t initially find him a sympathetic character? He takes advantage of his girlfriend and seems to be ignoring his autistic brother. But the writing is great. Here’s a glimpse “it was as if she wore her demons on her skin, the crazy no longer content to swing on vines in her head.” And the author does a good job of developing Joe and I liked that he wasn’t some heroic figure, just someone curious about the father he never knew. This isn’t a fast paced book, but it does move at a nice consistent pace. I had no clue how it was going to play out in the end. Some of the supporting characters seem more stereotypical than I would have liked. But in the end, I really enjoyed the story, especially the ending. I will continue to seek out anything Eskens writes. And while I had read TLWB, I don’t feel it’s at all necessary. This works fine as a stand alone. My thanks to netgalley and Mulholland Books for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    There is something I just love about a book written years apart from the first that brings back the same characters - it’s that nostalgic feeling of coming home. And it’s even better when the second story is just as good (if not better) than the first! I know in this series, Eskens has 3 books between The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide but this is the first to feature Joe Tolbert as the main character again. In TLWB, I loved getting to know scrappy Joe, tough Lila and sweet Jeremy. In TSWH There is something I just love about a book written years apart from the first that brings back the same characters - it’s that nostalgic feeling of coming home. And it’s even better when the second story is just as good (if not better) than the first! I know in this series, Eskens has 3 books between The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide but this is the first to feature Joe Tolbert as the main character again. In TLWB, I loved getting to know scrappy Joe, tough Lila and sweet Jeremy. In TSWH, there’s a new mystery, and Joe has found himself in some new trouble - but Lila is still helping him care for his autistic brother Jeremy and the little family of three is skating by. I really loved spending time with this crew again and enjoyed following the mystery - no one does the slow burn better than Eskens!I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Susanne Gulde
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 4.5 stars.I received this digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.I am in awe of Allen Eskens's ability to write books with recurring characters who stay true to previous stories and continue to grow. Each book can stand alone but also builds on the story before it.I appreciated that this story is complex and intriguing with great characters, new and old. I love Joe's relationship with his autistic brother Jeremy. I'm not a big fan of Lila, though. Just sayin'.I know our A solid 4.5 stars.I received this digital review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.I am in awe of Allen Eskens's ability to write books with recurring characters who stay true to previous stories and continue to grow. Each book can stand alone but also builds on the story before it.I appreciated that this story is complex and intriguing with great characters, new and old. I love Joe's relationship with his autistic brother Jeremy. I'm not a big fan of Lila, though. Just sayin'.I know our library patrons will enjoy this book when it's published.
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  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    January 1, 1970
    4.0 Stars   I absolutely loved this novel. The characters, the mystery and the immersive narrative pulled me in from the first page and held me captive until the very end.It's no secret that I consider Allen Eskens to be my favourite mystery author so I was ecstatic to learn that he was coming out with a new novel this year. I have read and loved all of his previously published novels and can now say that his newest book did not disappoint. Personally, I think this is one of his best!This was th 4.0 Stars   I absolutely loved this novel. The characters, the mystery and the immersive narrative pulled me in from the first page and held me captive until the very end.It's no secret that I consider Allen Eskens to be my favourite mystery author so I was ecstatic to learn that he was coming out with a new novel this year. I have read and loved all of his previously published novels and can now say that his newest book did not disappoint. Personally, I think this is one of his best!This was the follow up to Esken's debut novel, The Life We Bury. As a huge fan of that original story, I was thrilled to revisit Joe and his family. Yet, my familiarity with the characters was not necessary since this novel completely stands on its own. Within the first few chapters, readers learn all the relevant backstories to the characters without spoiling the mystery from the previous book. This novel could certainly be read as a standalone, although I personally recommend going back afterwards to binge read his four other novels afterwards. Like with The Life We Bury, this is the kind of novel that you read for the characters and stories as much as the mystery. The characters in this novel were all well developed with complex motivations and realistic flaws. Unlike hard-boiled detective stories, this mystery novel had a lot of heart with some very emotional scenes. Moreover, this novel offered a realisitic protrayel of austism and alcoholism. As I have come to expect from Eskens' work,, the mystery itself was so well plotted. I did not guess the ending, but I did not mind because I feel like it's the kind of story where you piece together the mystery at the same time as the characters. I personally love reading stories where an amateur civilian attempts to solve a murder and this one completely scratched that itch.I would highly recommend this novel to readers who love immersive mysteries with memorable characters and gripping personal stories.I requested a copy from the publisher. 
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  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    In this sequel to The Life We Bury, journalist Joe Talbert leaves his girlfriend and autistic brother and goes on a hunt to figure out who murdered the father that he was named after, but never knew. Joe is in for way more than he bargained for when he uncovers the many dangerous secrets long buried by the townspeople where his father, Toke Talbert, lived and died. I love the ease of Allen Eskens writing. This is the 4th in his series and they keep getting better. I sometimes find when reading m In this sequel to The Life We Bury, journalist Joe Talbert leaves his girlfriend and autistic brother and goes on a hunt to figure out who murdered the father that he was named after, but never knew. Joe is in for way more than he bargained for when he uncovers the many dangerous secrets long buried by the townspeople where his father, Toke Talbert, lived and died. I love the ease of Allen Eskens writing. This is the 4th in his series and they keep getting better. I sometimes find when reading mysteries that the plot becomes convoluted when the author tries to hard to indicate suspense without any explanation or plausibility. Eskens’ style is the exact opposite. His writing is suspenseful but at the same time crystal clear and authentic, causing this to be a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying in every way read. I look forward to the next in this series!Many thanks to Edelweiss, Mulholland Books and Allen Eskens for my complimentary e-copy ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Gina Moltz
    January 1, 1970
    Love, love, love! In the Shadows We Hide I got to continue to follow the lives of Joe and Lila. I loved the in The Secrets We Keep and this book felt like visiting family. Although Lila doesn’t have as big of a storyline this time, Joe has enough activity to keep my mind thinking and heart racing. Between being sued for slander and trying to find the killer of his estranged father Joe barely has time to sleep. Great twists with every chapter. I am hoping for another sequel that follows Lila!
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  • Marla Bradeen
    January 1, 1970
    A thoroughly engaging read, THE SHADOWS WE HIDE follows one man's journey for answers. This book does a great job weaving together the past and the present, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. The characters are believable, the story is compelling, and the resolution is intensely satisfying. A worthy read for anyone looking for more than just a standard mystery novel.Disclosure: I received a free, uncorrected advance copy of this book.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a sequel to The Life We Bury, and follows Joe Talbert on his journey to uncover the father he never knew. After his boss, Allison, shows him the death notice of someone named "Joe Talbert" in the newspaper, Joe decides to go to the small town in Minnesota. His journey is mostly built on curiosity of understanding this man who he believes was his father in a biological sense, but he never knew. However, what Joe discovers is that Joe Sr. was not a nice man and that there are quite a This book is a sequel to The Life We Bury, and follows Joe Talbert on his journey to uncover the father he never knew. After his boss, Allison, shows him the death notice of someone named "Joe Talbert" in the newspaper, Joe decides to go to the small town in Minnesota. His journey is mostly built on curiosity of understanding this man who he believes was his father in a biological sense, but he never knew. However, what Joe discovers is that Joe Sr. was not a nice man and that there are quite a few people who may have had a motive for murdering him. The author does a great job of helping us understand Joe and the relationships he has with his girlfriend Lila, his brother Jeremy, and his mother he has been estranged from for a few years. These difficult relationships are what lead Joe to make difficult decisions. Although somewhat of a slow burn, there are a lot of good twists in the book that keep it interesting. I enjoy Eskens writing style and portrayal of the broken characters.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.
  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    Requested RTJones Library 10/1/18. Release date 10/30/18
  • Lynette
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very good book! The characters were believable and for the most part likable. I thought I had the plot figured out a few times only to be wrong. I have found a new author!
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