The Buried Book

The Buried Book

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When Althea Leary abandons her nine-year-old son, Jasper, he's left on his uncle's farm with nothing but a change of clothes and a Bible. It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went of whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses. As he's drawn deeper into an adult world of corruption, scandal, and murder, Jasper uncovers the shocking past still chasing his mother - and now it's chasing him too.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, 2016
ISBN: 9781503936720
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 21 cm


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PimaLib_ChristineR Mar 14, 2017

Another Wonderful Read from Pulley

I'll be honest here. I picked this up after reading The Dead Key, which pulled me in from page one. When I started The Buried Book I had a terrible time getting into it, started another book, and it was relegated to the list of forgotten Kindle orders. I'm so glad I went back and started again. While a slower start, like The Dead Key, Pulley does a wonderful job of making the mystery intriguing while still being second to building the characters.

Once I was hooked I couldn't stop and cried through great chunks as Jasper, the nine-year-old protagonist, tried to figure out whom to trust while tragedy, both self-inflicted and external, rained down on him. While it was certainly one thing after another, none of it felt contrived. Pulley has a gift for writing from different points of view and eras and making it all seem natural.

Her stories are not easily pigeonholed. They don't have detectives, or even "wanna be" detectives, but there has been a mystery to be solved in both of her books so far. The protagonist doesn't necessarily "solve" a crime, but everyone does find out what was going on, and for the most part why.

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