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.
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About the Author
D.M. Pulley is a professional engineer from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who specializes in rehabbing historic structures as well as conducting forensic investigations of building failures. Pulley’s structural survey of an abandoned building in Cleveland formed the basis for The Dead Key.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Buried Book is the story of a young boy, Jasper Leary, growing up in 1950s Detroit. The story opens with Jasper's mom leaving him at his uncle's farm outside Detroit, for what she promised would just for a few days. Over time, Jasper learns that his mom was in some sort of trouble, and no one, not even Jasper's dad, knows where she is. Jasper stumbles upon the farmhouse where his mom and uncle grew up together. The farmhouse was destroyed by a fire, but was never torn down. Inside, he finds his mother's diary from the time she was about fourteen years old. From these entries Jasper begins to piece together a part of his mom's troubled past, and he embarks on a relentless quest to learn the truth about his mom and where she has gone. Although it was slow at the beginning, the story ramped up the suspense about a third of the way through, and became hard to turn away from. You really begin to feel for Jasper, and the anguish he feels over the mystery of his mom's disappearance is palpable. I listened to the audio book (which I seldom do... I generally don't like them), and both the author and narrator do a great job of painting a picture of the story's various settings. The narrator was great at creating very distinct voices for each of the characters. I shy away from audio books because the voices too often sound comical, but not here. Each chapter begins with a question, reminiscent of an interrogation or interview. After a few chapters, I felt sure that I knew the purpose of thei efforts questioning. But I turned out to be completely wrong. That was a pleasant twist for me. In the second third of the book, I became a little confused and had trouble following the story line, but this was short lived. In time, the confusion I experienced was washed away and everything began to make sense again. The ending was satisfying and this is an all around excellent book that I would recommend to anyone.
Took me awhile to finish this story but it was worth it. First 1/3 of the story was a little slow but boy oh boy did it get great. Very sad story.
D. M. Pulley's The Buried Book Jasper Leary is nine years old when his mother, Althea Leary leaves him at Uncle Leo’s farm to be safe. Safe from what? Stunning emotionally packed read with thrills, chills and unexpected twists. Historical fiction mixed with suspense and mystery. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing via Net Gallery. My opinion is my own.