Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Things They Didn't Bury - Review

Hi, it´s time for a new review. 
To say that I liked this book wouldn´t be enough. Laekan Zea Kemp wrote a book that made me cry, laugh and left me speachless more than once. I had to stop reading a few times because of the intensity of it, it was hard to continue reading without suffering a little. The book is set in Argentina and as you know I´m from Uruguay so the events in the book felt very close to home. I can´t even explain in a few words how good the book is. Read my review to learn a bit more about it. My deepest gratitude to the author for sending me a copy of her book. Thanks :)

Title: The Things They Didn't Bury
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Release Date:
December 31st 2012 
Format: E-book
Publisher: Self-published

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.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Things They Didn’t Bury is the story of Liliana, an expat who returns to Argentina. After being 14 years away, she has to return to her country, live in her grandparents’ house and learn about a war recently over. However to lighten up her burden as soon as she arrives Diego comes into picture.

Returning to a country she doesn’t remember while looking for clues of her mother destiny will take her through a path full of holes and secrets. She will dig into the past to discover the true and cruelties of the war.

Liliana is an 18-year-old girl, a future college student with all her life ahead. She always has felt something is missing. Not knowing about the past can make you feel incomplete and she never fully knew how her mother disappeared and died.

After finding her mother’s diary the past and the present will mix to create a story about truth, love, family and fear, but above all a story about finding out where we come from and where are we going. With Diego’s help she gets in touch with war survivors, witnesses of a dark time whose wounds are still open. The thing is that sometimes the answers will not be what she expected.

The romance between Liliana and Diego is spectacular and heartbreaking, in the middle of a risking searching we see a wonderful love grow and blossom into the perfect couple for this story. Other high point is the Gypsy spice, the flamenco and gypsy culture make the book even more interesting to read.

The intensity of the writing is one of the best I have ever read. The author has the ability to transmit through words feelings and scenes that get to your core and make you shiver, with descriptions that provided all you need to picture a time that will scare you more than a horror movie.

It’s hard to write about the evil inside some people and it's even harder to capture the inhumanity lived by some victims without being disrespectful or being a cliché. Laekan has a touch to do it with an excellence worth a big round of applauses.

I totally recommend it not only for its quality, the truth behind a war that did happen and the love story. I recommend it because is one of those book that leaves you questioning yourself and also humanity. A book that will change your essence and will transform your soul.

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