The Things They Didn’t Bury by Laekan Zea Kemp

31 Dec

ImageTitle: The Things They Didn’t Bury

Author: Laekan Zea Kemp

Published: December 2012

Pages: 283 (ebook)

The war took everything. Except the truth. When Liliana and her family move back to Argentina after seeking refuge in the States during La Guerra Sucia, a lifetime’s worth of wondering comes to a head, reigniting the search for what really happened to her mother, one of the thousands of los desaparecidos—the disappeared.

With the help of a young Flamenco player who saw the atrocities committed by the military firsthand, Liliana not only makes the devastating discovery of what really happened to her mother but by forcing open the country’s old wounds as well as her own she also learns a disturbing truth about her origins that will reconstruct the lives of the people she loves most.

Seamlessly alternating between the voices of mother and daughter—one trying to survive the rising chaos of The Dirty War and the other sifting through its aftermath, The Things They Didn’t Bury is a novel about forbidden love and family secrets.

Gripping, heartbreaking and lyrical this is not a story about war or about the secrets still buried beneath its wreckage but it is a story about the things they didn’t bury, intangible and infinite—love, truth, and family.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Thoughts:

This was an exciting, heart-pounding mystery unlike any other I’ve read! Not only was I absorbed with the story but with the history and culture of the characters!

Liliana is a young Argentinean girl who has been living in the States for more than a decade. Her father had taken her and her sister from their home in Buenos Aires after their mother’s death in order to protect them from the war that was going on. Once again back in Argentina, Liliana finds her mother’s journal, and so Liliana begins searching for the answers of what happened to her mother all those years ago. With the help of the young and handsome Diego, they discover truths that are devastating and dangerous.

Liliana’s character was one that I loved and respected! She was determined, brave, and didn’t stop until she had all the answers and even when the truth was hard to face she still pushed on! Diego was wonderful as her rock, and helped and stood by Liliana as she uncovered things that changed her life. The romance between them definitely wasn’t the main story line but it was sweet and I loved every second of it!

First and fore most this book was a mystery! Liliana sought out and questioned different people in order to solve the enigma that was her mother, Isabelle. Isabelle also told part of this story from her perspective as she wrote in her journal. She wrote about her time during the start of the war and about her own romance.  Slowly, the past began to piece it’s self back together and all the questions were answered and once that happened, the story really became exciting and action-packed! I was flipping the pages as fast as I could just so I could know what was going to happen!

One last thing I really enjoyed about this book was the history and culture! I learned a lot about “The Dirty War” that took place in Argentina during the 1970s and also about the culture of the Argentinean people. It was unique, interesting, and was one of the things that caught hold of my attention from the get-go!

Overall, Ms. Kemp did an amazing job at writing a unique, captivating story with mystery, action, history, and romance!

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