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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Three and a half stars

This book starts off really good, but falls apart in the middle. Dot makes very bad decisions and I was constantly shaking my head and rolling my eyes because of her actions. I begin skipping ahead because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters. The ending was pretty good. Dot gets the backbone that she lost in the middle of the book and everything gets put right. I almost didn't make it because of the narrator. In trying to give her characters different voices, she made them sound like idiots. That was the worse part of the book. I don't think I will get a book read by Daniela Acitelli.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Beatrice

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

Book Details

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