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The Shadows We Hide

Written by: Allen Eskens
Narrated by: Zach Villa
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In the highly-anticipated sequel to the national best seller 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.

©2018 Allen Eskens (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"The Shadows We Hide is a riveting novel about one man's search for his father becomes a perilous journey into a labyrinth of deceit and lies. Eskens vividly renders how small towns try to keep their secrets, and how sometimes they cannot." (Ron Rash, author of Serena)

"Murder, arson, betrayal, and reconciliation will keep pages turning and leave readers eager for more of Joe Talbert." (Booklist)

"The search for the father is a favorite theme of authors and one that is perfectly suited to the detective story form. Allen Eskens has drawn an intricate and intriguing search map full of sharps turns and returns. Suspenseful, revealing, clear-eyed, and brightly told, The Shadows We Hide is a real experience, page to page to end page." (Fred Chappell)

"Whether you like mysteries with surprise endings and terrific twists or you are a reader who never reads a mystery, but loves literary novels that explore the emotions that bring families together or tear them apart, you will want to read Allen Eskens's excellent novel, The Shadows We Hide."—--Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of The Third Victim
"A brilliant sequel full of deeply developed characters... Eskens keeps readers guessing until the last pages in this darkly lyrical and brutally intimate story of one man's journey of self-discovery."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • MK
  • 2018-11-25

Great Follow-Up

I enjoyed this follow-up to The Life We Bury. The narrator’s performance was good, the storyline was interesting, characters likable, plot had a few twists (although, some were predictable), and the ending was satisfying. If you liked The Life We Bury, you’ll definitely enjoy this book. If you haven’t read that book, I’d recommend doing so before getting this one.

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  • 2018-11-16

Good Sequel

Great characters and good story. Hope Joe Talbot becomes a series. Really enjoyed the first 2 books

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  • 2018-11-29

Not as enjoyable as the first book, though the plot is clever

I treasured the first book in the series because of the wonderful character development, intelligent writing, and engaging plot. This second book has a marvelously complicated twisty story, but there is not enough of Lila in this book! The mother son relationship takes up all the character oxygen. There is nothing wrong with the authors choice, but I just didn’t enjoy the book as much. Also, the balance of plot and characters leans way too heavily toward plot for my personal taste. Most of the book takes place far from home, and it was the home stories I was longing for more of following the first book of the series. I will be very happy if the author writes a third book but lets us see more of the lives of Lila and Joe. He’s a very observant writer who engages me through thoughtful and articulate commentary, through the eyes of Joe.

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  • Sunrise
  • 2018-12-04

Another good read from Eskens

This follow up to The Life We Bury is well written with a compelling plot covering everything from autism, responsibility, addiction, redemption, real love, respect earned, trust earned..... I could go on. I'm so very glad I chose to read/listen to this novel. The narrator does a good job.

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  • Sammie
  • 2018-12-30

Very good

As usual, Allen Eskens writes a very good book. It held my interest start to finish. Very good sequel to "The Life We Bury".
Joe Talbert, is now an Associated Press reporter. Talbert feels compelled to investigate after he runs across a story detailing the murder of Joe “Toke” Talbert, a person he never met but could have been his father.
Toke could have been killed by any people. Talbert’s search for answers becomes complicated when he discovers that Toke’s wife recently committed suicide and his late father stood in line to inherit millions. Eskens keeps readers guessing until the last pages.
Well worth a credit.

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  • Carrie Cahill
  • 2018-12-23

Loved it! Especially excellent on audible.

Narrator was fantastic. The many voices he did we're so good! Can't wait for next Joe Talbert novel.

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  • Deann
  • 2018-12-15

Zach Villa is my new favorite narrator!

A good story by Allen Eskens, just not my favorite of his novels. I'm writing this review to rave about Zach Villa. He is what an audible narrator should be--he intonates and character shifts in a way that enhances, but doesn't distract, the listener. He is able to shift his voice to sound like a young man, young woman, older man, older woman, autistic man, erudite man, country rube, and so on. Yet, he does this without once sounding shrill or interrupting the melodic nature of having a story read to you. Also, he imparts a sense of gravitas without the "low talking" that some narrators resort to--"low talking" is so annoying because it's difficult to hear when a narrator lowers his/her voice, so the listener often has to rewind and adjust the volume, or just miss that part if driving.

I suppose everyone's different, but to me, the point of audible is having a book read aloud. The point is not listening to actors put on a performance of the narrative. (For my worst case example of this--listen to Tai-Pan, narrated by Gildart Jackson--I had to discontinue this audible due to the cacophonous nature of the performance). Please give us more audibles read by Zach Villa and similar narrators! Thanks!

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  • Karla Morris
  • 2018-11-18

Couldn’t stop listening!

I love the character, Joe Talbert. The narrator is spot on! Great story !!! Bring Joe and Lila back!!!

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  • Maggie Lees
  • 2018-11-16

Excellent story

Another great book by Allen, the book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Excellent ending. Look forward to the next book.

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  • harvhill
  • 2019-01-31

interesting

interesting from beginning to end. the narrator has a nice voice that covers each character well.

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