The Buried Book
by D.M. Pulley
Published August 23rd, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Paperback, 399 pages
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 or 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.
Do you love a great mystery? Well, this is one you should not pass up. As a reader, you will tag along with nine-year-old Jasper as he desperately tries to figure out what has happened to his mother. Jasper lives in Detroit, Michigan and one early morning his mother drives him up to his uncle Leo's farm in Burtchville, north of Port Huron, leaves him there and does not return. Due to the fact that I am a Michigander, it caused the story to feel authentic and extra compelling to me since I have been to these locations. Anywho, Jasper is smarter than an average nine-year-old and will do anything that is necessary to figure out what has happened to his mother even putting his own life in danger. In addition, the author does an astronomical job of having the reader see the story through the eyes of a young boy. Whereas, this story takes place during the early 1950’s I learned a few interesting facts about this era and some tricks they used to get alcohol during the prohibition.
“I must apologize for him, Some of my tribe like to drink whiskey with strangers and play games for money. Such things always lead to trouble…I do not let the bad spirits of others come and bother me”
The prose is spectacular with minute hints hidden throughout. Therefore, try as you might sorting out the good guys from the bad is hopeless. Unthinkable occurrences and situations arise from beginning to end, keeping the reader on their toes. Jasper stumbles upon the family's haunting past drawing him deeper into the unknown. When a dreadful incident transpires Jasper can not decipher if what occurred was real or not. Could he have been hallucinating? Was it a dream? Do I have you intrigued yet? Well, you have to read THE BURIED BOOK to understand. This is a great mystery and I will definitely be reading it again.
Jasper thought of the detective and felt his anger return. “You know what the law said last week? Huh? A police officer came here Monday. He said they’d found...buried in the woods...They think there might’ve been a crime! He said it might be your fault!”
Winning the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Grand Prize launched D.M. Pulley's career as a published author. Her work surveying an abandoned bank building in Cleveland, Ohio inspired her debut novel, The Dead Key. The unexplained disappearance of a family member inspired her second novel, The Buried Book. She lives in northeast Ohio and is currently at work on her third book.
D. M. Pulley’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, August 22nd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, August 23rd: Booked on a Feeling
Wednesday, August 24th: Wordsmithonia
Thursday, August 25th: FictionZeal
Thursday, August 25th: Write Read Life
Friday, August 26th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Monday, August 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews