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The Shadows We Hide

Written by: Allen Eskens
Narrated by: Zach Villa
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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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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  • 2018-11-29

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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  • E
  • 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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  • Lily Rose
  • 2019-05-06

Enjoyable



I'd only recently discovered Allen Eskens when I read his wonderful debut novel, The Life We Bury. The Shadows We Hide is the followup to his first novel. Sometimes are expectations are so high for the next book we read by an author that it's easy to be disappointed. The Shadows We Hide is good it's just not compelling like the first one, but it kept my interest and I'm glad I read it. It's always fun to spend time with characters you enjoy, so for me, this was a pleasant read and I look forward to reading another book by this author.

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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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  • Jane B.
  • 2019-01-28

Started out a good story .... then went downhill.

Was looking for an engaging mystery for commute listening. The story began well, interesting characters and intertwined situations. For the first 60% of the book it moved forward, deepening the tale and personalities. Unfortunately, by 3/4 of the way through the author seemed to get bored with telling a detailed story and it turned into a drag of one beating / accident / gunplay / fire / tornado ( not really a tornado ) to the next. It felt like a jumbled attempt to fill chapters. If the story had ended three quarters of the way through it would have been very entertaining.

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  • Jessica
  • 2019-01-22

Not as spectacular as "The Life we Bury"

Was so looking forward to this sequel. Story was good, Joe T. feels like an old friend. Just wasn't AS good as the first. Worth the read.

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  • Viktoria
  • 2019-04-14

Disappointed

I have been a huge fan of Allen Eskers from the time I read his first book. Then I read all of his books after. This book is truly a sequel to the first book The lives we burry. I was so excited when it was released, but I almost stopped listening like 10 times. I don't even know how to describe what is wrong with it, but it is very disappointing book. Jo does so many things that go against everything in first book, also there is so much unrealistic stuff in it that its kind of nauseating. The only reason I finished reading it is because I was hoping it will get better and because I already paid money for it. I hate listening to books almost out of obligation because I paid for it and unfortunately this was the book that I suffered through.

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  • Dar
  • 2019-05-01

Most read both books.

I just started to listen to audio books.i Absolutely love this book and the first one was my favorite.I’m so glad that the author wrote a part 2. I highly recommend both books. I can’t stop listening to it.

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  • Sammie
  • 2018-12-30

Very 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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful