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The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens
Narrator: Zach Villa
Series: Detective Max Rupert #5
Published by Mullholland Books, Hachette Audio on November 13, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 4 minutes
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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 childhood dreams about who his father might have been, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about his father's murder - other than that it was long overdue. Joe discovers that his father was a loathsome man who cheated his neighbours, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's meagre inheritance after she, too, passed away - an inheritance that may now be his.
Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own tenuous relationship with his mother, whose sobriety has led her to seek reconciliation with her distant son, 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
I loved The Life We Bury which was the start of the Detective Max Rupert series , but he is barely present. The next three books are more closely about Max Rupert. Now we are back to Joe Talbert and the characters from the first book. Close to 8 years have passed. I’m still enjoying the Minnesota setting.
Joe has a few things happen all at once. I always feel that when it rains, it pours. When you’re already feeling overloaded, the problems pile up. I don’t want to spoil any of the books in the series; they are all SO excellent.
Joe has these things happen and he has to figure out how to deal with them, at work, at home and with his past. They all get tangled up. Joe ends up searching for the truth. Unfortunately, people don’t want him to expose the truth about the past or present, and they are willing to kill him to shut him up.
The Shadows We Hide has everything I could want. The world-building and character development, the suspense and mystery, the elation of survival, and the gut-wrenching realization when things go wrong. Through it all, Joe finds out what kind of man he really is. Highly recommended.
I was thrilled to start listening and come home to the narration of Zach Villa. It is the sound of Joe Talbot for me. I had been listening to the last few audiobooks at 1.5x but went back to 1.25x speed on this one. He does well with all the voices and I especially love his performance of Jeremy.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 Audiobook Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge