I read Ms. Pulley's first book, The Dead Key, about 18 months ago and loved it. The Buried Book, her latest, did an excellent job of placing the reader in the time and location of the story. There is a rich atmosphere created around the rural setting and families living hand to mouth. I enjoyed that aspect of the book very much.
I did not connect with the characters as much in this book. The main character is a young man. He is surrounded by adults who never tell him the truth. They seem to believe that he should be protected from it. All the trouble he gets into could have been avoided if the adults had answered his questions truthfully. The one character I really did want to get to know, his mother, was inaccessible. Her story is told through her diary and in grudging tidbits from her family. She really intrigued me and I wish she had had a voice. Her presence is strong throughout the book but her voice is absent.
The mysteries, yes plural, in the story span decades. Much like The Dead Key, the main character is in the middle of a mystery that is linked to one from the past. Both must be unraveled. I enjoyed The Buried Book and would recommend it.
Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest review.