Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How to Bury Your Brother by Lindsey Rogers Cook

Her brother's letters reveal everything--if only he'd written one to her.

Alice always thought she'd see her brother again. Rob ran away when he was fifteen, with so many years left to find his way home. But his funeral happened first.

Now that she has to clear out her childhood home in Georgia, the memories come flooding in, bringing with them an autopsy report showing her family's lies-and sealed, addressed letters from Rob.

In a search for answers to questions she's always been afraid to ask, Alice delivers the letters. Each dares her to open her eyes to her family's dark past-and her own role in it. But it's the last letter, addressed to her brother's final home in New Orleans, that will force her to choose if she'll let the secrets break her or finally bring her home.

Everything I Never Told You meets The Night Olivia Fell set against a vivid Southern backdrop, How to Bury Your Brother follows a sister coming to terms with the mystery behind her brother's disappearance and death.

TITLE: How to Bury Your Brother
AUTHOR: Lindsey Rogers Cook
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Landmark
PUBLISH DATE: May 12, 2020
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 384


How To Bury Your Brother by Lindsey Rogers Cook is a deep and thought-provoking novel, there are layers to this book that explore all the complexities of family relationships and how they shape us as adults.

The main character, Alice struggles with the suicide of her estranged brother who left home before she hit her teens, never understanding why he left, Alice feels abandoned by the one person she related to in her family. As the book moves into the present, we see Alice coping with her own life difficulties including her mothers declining health. Which leads her to the task of cleaning out her childhood home which is where she finds a stack of undelivered letters that her brother had written just before he died. There isn’t a letter for Alice but she feels compelled and obligated to deliver the letters and hopes that she’ll learn more about her brother and why he left.

Alice learns as much about herself as she does about her brother on her journey. There are secrets, there is heart-break, there is self-discovery and there is a reminder to always look deeper than the surface layer. How To Bury Your Brother is beautifully written and has a tightly woven plot with characters that brought out the emotions in me; it’s definitely one I’ll be recommending.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark and Lindsey Rogers Cook for gifting me with a copy of How to Bury Your Brother in exchange for my honest review. 

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