Burying Ben

  • by Ellen Kirschman
  • Narrated by Daniela Acitelli
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie that she tries to counsel, commits suicide without any warning and leaves a note blaming her. Overnight, her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already battered sense of self-worth. Dot resolves to find out not just what led Ben to kill himself, but why her psychologist ex-husband, the man she most wants to avoid, recommended that Ben be hired in the first place. Ben's surviving family and everyone else connected to him are determined to keep Ben's story a secret, by any means necessary. Even Ben, from the grave, has secrets to keep.
Right from the start, Dot's investigation efforts get her into trouble. First she alienates Ben's training officer, who is barely managing to hold onto his own job. With the police chief watching over her shoulder, she tries to help the officer with disastrous consequences. After reaching out to console Ben's pregnant - and slightly sociopathic - widow, Dot winds up embroiled in the affairs of her incredibly dysfunctional family. Dot's troubles are compounded by a post-divorce romance, the ex who still has a hold over her, and an unwelcome visit from his new wife. By the time she uncovers the real reasons behind Ben's suicide and brings the people responsible to justice, Dot has not only resurrected belief in herself, she has also acquired some surprisingly useful new skills: impersonating a public official, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.


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Customer Reviews

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Unique, well written story

I enjoyed "Burying Ben" by Ellen Kirschman. Psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is contracted to monitor the progress of newly hired police officers as they learn the ropes. Unfortunately, rookie Ben Gomez commits suicide. Wracked with guilt over missing the warning signs, Dot investigates Ben’s life on her own, opening herself to professional harm as she wades through the young man’s life and the police department’s secrets. Veteran alcoholic cop Eddie Rimbauer is a scene stealer who deserves a book of his own. Solidly recommended. Book given free in exchange for honest review.
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- Kelvin L. Reed

Truly ENJOYABLE! Slow at first, then your hooked!

If you could sum up Burying Ben in three words, what would they be?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Eddie was my favorite character besides Dot. At first I hated his character, he came off as nothing more than a bully. Then you get to know his character better and understand some of why he is the way he is.

Which character – as performed by Daniela Acitelli – was your favorite?

Eddie for sure! Daniela played each character well, giving them their own personality through her voice (or voices).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The storyline in a whole gives the reader a glimpse into a police officers life outside of their roll of being a police officer as well as the job itself.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom"

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- Michelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2016
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing