Mar 02 2019

Book Spotlight & Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Mystery, Review, Young Adult / Leave a Comment

What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on February 26, 2019
Pages: 304
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review
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Siblings Liv and Jory Brewer have grown up resenting one another. Liv—former pageant queen and reality-TV star—was groomed for a life in the spotlight, while her older brother Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. The only thing they have in common is contempt for their parents.

Now Liv is suing her mom and dad for emancipation, and Jory views the whole thing as yet another attention-getting spectacle. But on the day of the hearing, their parents mysteriously vanish, and the siblings are forced to work together. Liv feels certain she knows where they are and suspects that Jory knows more than he’s telling . . . which is true.

What starts as a simple overnight road trip soon takes a turn for the dangerous and surreal. And as the duo speeds through the deserts of Nevada, brother and sister will unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.


About the Author

Kate A Boorman is an award-winning author from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal and grew up in the small town of Rimbey. She writes speculative fiction and has a mild obsession with abandoned places, memory, and the darkest parts of the forest.

Kate holds a MA in Dramatic Critical theory and a resume full of a bizarre assortment of jobs, from florist to accordion accompanist to “person-who-held-the-drywall-sheet-in-place”. She has participated as a guest and presenter at a variety of Festivals and Conferences in Western Canada.

Kate usually lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family. Right now she’s living in a faraway land, where there are many baguettes.



Review of What We Buried

Review (5 Stars):  I love books that keep me guessing and What We Buried is a story that will definitely blindside you with all its twists and turns.  Liv and Jory are siblings in a dysfunctional family, that have never really seemed to get along.  Liv believes that Jory has always made her life difficult while Jory feels that Liv was a drama queen with her pageants and reality television show.  When their parents suddenly disappear on the day that they are heading to court for Liv’s hearing to be emancipated, these two must join forces to piece together what really happened to them.

This is where things get really interesting and this book will mess with your mind about what really happened.  I don’t want to give too much away but I felt a lot of sympathy towards Liv and Jory during this story and the way that they were raised with toxic, manipulative parents.  Their journey brings them closer together and through flashbacks you can see some of the events that shaped their previous opinions of one another.

What We Buried is a thought-provoking mystery that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.  I haven’t stopped thinking about this book and I know I need to schedule a re-read soon to see if I can get answers to some of my remaining questions.

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