Read by Zach Villa
I started listening to The Life We Bury due to the fact that his latest book was nominated for an Audie and I’m sort of anal about reading series in order. Well, I’m glad I did. The Life We Bury is a solid mystery with a unique enough premise to allow it to stand out from all the “gruff cop solves a murder” novels. While I can think of books with better mysteries or more engaging characters, The Life We Bury is solid from top to bottom. My only quibble is something I see in many legal thrillers, the need to explain things people who have seen an episode of Law & Order know. For example, a young relatively intelligent college student seems to not know what an opening statement is and is surprised that his pretty housemate knows about stuff like that. Other than that, I really enjoyed this novel and and jumping into his next book right away.
I enjoyed narrator Zach Villa’s performance. He was engaging, with a sly tongue in cheek style that was fitting to the working class college student protagonist. He picked up a nice rhythm during the longer exposition scenes creating a nice atmosphere matching the frigid Midwest locale. Altogether it was a fun refreshing mystery.