Bury Me Deep

Bury Me Deep

Book - 2009 | 1st Simon & Schuster's trade pbk. ed
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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster's trade pbk. ed
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ABB PBK
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781416599098
1416599096

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DeltaQueen50
Jul 15, 2018

Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott is a dark noir story set in Phoenix during the 1930’s. Based on a real life murder case that became a scandalous tabloid sensation during the 1930’s, the story tells how vulnerable Marion Seeley is left in Phoenix by her husband while he takes a job in Mexico and works on kicking his drug habit. She meets and falls in with two well known party girls, and falls head over heels for a world class heel, Joe Lanigan. The crazy love affair, the wild parties, the drunken nights reach their pinnacle in a flurry of jealousy, rage and bullets.

This tough, edgy story reads like a script for a 1930’s melodrama. I am a huge fan of Megan Abbot and this book, with it’s powerful prose brings this era to life. At first the story seems to be about a waif-like, neglected wife who is innocent of the degradation that life can bring but as the story draws to it’s conclusion, we can see that Marion has an inner core of steel.

The details of the real case of Winnie Ruth Jones are included in the back of the book and it is interesting to see how the author used this case to shape her story. For me, Bury Me Deep was an excellent read about one woman’s life sinking into a gruesome yet riveting nightmare.

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