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The Shadows We Hide

Updated: Nov 6, 2019

A gripping tale of self discovery with great characters, descriptive writing and a fast-paced story.



Joe Talbert,Jr. has never met his father. While working for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, Joe comes across the story describing the murder of a man named Joseph “Toke” Talbert. Could this man be the father that abandoned him? Joe travels to the southern Minnesota blue collar town of Buckley, only to discover that the dead man was a lowlife auto mechanic, who was detested by everyone in the community. No one was surprised and most were glad he was gone. But if DNA results prove that Joe really

is Toke’s son, he potentially stands to inherit quite a bit of money.

Joe’s investigation into his father and his murder, is further complicated by family secrets and the uncertainty in his personal life. His AP job is on the line for refusing to give up a source in a story, his girlfriend, Lila needs him to come back home immediately and he is irrevocable estranged from his addict mother.

“I want to believe that I am a better man than I am, but I know that I am not.”


I first met Joe Talbert in Allen Eskins bestselling debut novel The Life We Bury in 2014. In this gripping sequel, Joe investigates the death of an unlikeable man and soon becomes a target himself. Eskins hits The Shadows We Hide out of the park, with robust characters, tight descriptive writing, and a fast-paced exciting story.

You will fall in love with Joe’s hardened yet sensitive character. You will become enmeshed in the lives of the various characters and the intricate story will keep your head in the book. The twists are as good as the pretzels in the ballpark.

Eskens easily juggles multiple family-related story lines in The Shadows We Hide. It is a gratifying tale of self-discovery, with themes of good versus evil, redemption, and forgiveness. I listened to the Audible version of this book and highly enjoyed it. While the book is labeled as a sequel, this is one that can easily be read as a stand-alone. But you are going to want to read the The Life We Bury, it’s being made into a movie!

Publisher Mulholland Books

Published November 14, 2018

Narrated Zach Villa

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Cheryle Fisher
10 nov. 2019

The Shadows We Hide sounds like a book I would really enjoy especially since it is set in the Midwest where I am from originally. Small town with hidden secrets...who could ask for a more compelling read?

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