The Buried Book by D. M. Pulley (3-1/2 stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The narrator, Jasper, is a nine-year old boy whose mother leaves him at his uncle’s farm without any explanation as to why, where she is going or when she is coming back. His father visits most weekends and assures him that his mother is coming back, but Jasper isn’t so sure. When he finds his mother’s diary, written when she was a teenager, his search for answers takes him on a dangerous adventure in a grown-up world that he doesn’t understand, one filled with rumors, secrets, lies and mysteries. What is the truth about his mother? What is she running from? Is she dead? Who else from the small town is involved?

Overall, the writing is good, and the story draws you in from the first page. The only issue I had with the book was the plot line. Somewhere along the way it just started to get a little too outlandish. We had the issues of morality, moonshining and other social mores such as discrimination. Add in organized crime (loan sharking, illegal gambling, drug running and murder), and it felt like it was all just thrown together in a rush. Jasper was a great character, and you can’t help but root for him in his battle between good and evil.

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