Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

Bury Me Deep

By the author of Dare Me and The End of EverythingIn October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles' Southern Pacific Station. What he found inside ignited one of the most scandalous tabloid sensations of the decade.Inspired by this notorious true crime, Edgar-winning author Megan Abbott's novel Bury Me Deep is the story of Marion Seeley, a young woman abandoned in Phoenix by her doctor husband. At the medical clini...

Details Bury Me Deep

TitleBury Me Deep
Release DateJul 7th, 2009
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreMystery, Noir, Crime, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Bury Me Deep

  • Dan Schwent
    Marion Seeley is left in Phoenix by her doctor husband as he goes to Mexico to kick his smack habit. Marion gets a job at a hospital and falls in with two other nurses, Ginny and Louise, and soon falls under the spell of a friend of theirs, Joe Lanigan. But Joe's intentions are anything but honorable.First of all, I love Megan Abbott's writing. She's like James Ellroy only not so exhausting, and her noir books could easily be made into 1930's era...
  • F.R.
    It’s a real pity that Megan Abbott wasn’t pitching stories on the Warner Brothers lot in the Thirties or Forties, as she could have created numerous great vehicles for a Bette Davis or a Joan Crawford. With her there we could easily have had a dozen Mildred Pierces.Tough, edgy, but with enough melodrama to supply material for a woman’s picture, ‘Bury Me Deep’ is an excellent crime throwback to the depression. It’s Arizona 1931 and a r...
  • Tfitoby
    I think my feelings towards the work of Megan Abbott have been made pretty clear in the past, but in filling this gap in my reading I feel exhausted and disappointed. Generally I can't praise her or her noir writing skills enough but today I don't have a huge amount of pleasant things on my mind.This is the reimagining of a true story, 1931's Trunk Murderess case, it seems perfect for an Abbott noir and she does so much right with it. The tale of...
  • Lee Thompson
    I'm in love with Megan Abbott's writing.
  • Ed
    Choice noir from one of my favorite authors in the genre but is much more in a literary vein. Bleak but then 1931 was a bleak time. The prose is powerful and to my tastes.
  • Shaun
    I am always surprised when I go to review one of Megan Abbott's books and they have an average rating in the mid-threes. I'm like, really?She is a favorite, whom I lump in with other favorites like Ron Rash, Shirley Jackson, William Gay, etc.From reading some other reviews, I now know that this story was loosely based on a real story, and as far as Megan Abbott's books go, one of my favorites.Part murder mystery, part subtle psychological thrille...
  • Laurie Notaro
    Salacious. Dirty. Hardboiled. Sauciest book I've ever read, but it was fun. I blushed and had to put the book down several times.
  • James Thane
    Megan Abbott reimagines the true story of Winnie Judd, the infamous 1931 "Trunk Murderess" of Phoenix, Arizona. In Abbott's fictional account, an attractive young woman named Marion Seeley, is left alone by her husband, a doctor, who is going to Latin America temporarily.Marion gets a job at a medical clinic and is befriended by two party girls, one of whom is a nurse at the clinic where Marion works. Marion soon falls under the influence of the ...
  • Trixie Fontaine
    After reading Queenpin and this one, I'm a lovestruck fan of Megan Abbott. Super entertaining, provocative, dark, sweet . . . massively sexy about stuff that if she spelled it out in detail, I'd just be like BARFORAMA! but instead she just makes you feel the all-consuming bigness of wanting someone or something to just obliterate everything else so you'd do absolutely anything for them or it. Abbott knows how to mention the unmentionable as just ...
  • Carmen
    Another dark tale about a woman who invites abuse and darkness into her life. Evil men, immoral women, etc. She murders one of her true friends and her abusive lover murders the other. Dismal, hopeless.
  • Allie Riley
    Beautifully written, absorbing, disturbing and thought provoking. The author's note at the end explaining the details of the historical case on which it was based was fascinating. We will never know what really happened and whose fault it truly was (if, indeed, it was only one person's fault).
  • Korey
    I loved this! It was so crazy and pulpy and dripping with drama and depravity and awesome atmosphere. The writing is hyper stylized to the point where I can see a reader being turned off by the gimmickry but for me the prose was so artful and vivid that I loved drinking it in. Abbott creates a very dark and seedy world but I loved inhabiting it to read this twisted tale. The characters are as colorful as the plot is thrilling and disturbing.
  • Hester
    Oh Wikipedia you are a gift to the world, without you I never would have learned of Winnie Ruth Judd and the notorious trunk murders. How I stared at that dismembered leg in horror. Thank you Megan Abbott for going in your way back machine and bringing the world this clusterfuck of intrigue, murder, illicit sex, lesbianism and dope addiction. Marion Seeley has been burdened with a husband who can’t keep a job due to his morphine addiction. His ...
  • Abbey
    BURY ME DEEP, Megan Abbott2009, noir, historical, based on true crime. Nice young woman in 1931 Phoenix abbandoned by her husband, falls in with a wild crowd' once awakened to the good times possible she enjoys herself rather a lot, but eventually must pay for it - and she's not the only one. Minister's daughter, young and innocent Marion Seeley has gone and married herself a rotter, a drug addict who drags her down with him as he slowly loses co...
  • Sigrid Ellis
    Abbott's prose is well worth your time. It most reminded me of Shirley Jackson's _The Haunting of Hill House_, honestly. When I mentioned this on Twitter, Abbott replied that she LOVES Jackson's work, and it was a big influence on her. I don't mind when people's influences show, not when they are lovingly borrowing with the skill Abbott displays here.The story is a typical noir-crime, with drugs and affairs and lesbians and corrupt officials. Yet...
  • Sarah Fowerbaugh
    Wow. What a read. It took me a few reads of the synopsis to realize this was about the infamous and gruesome trunk murders of 1931, but this was an incredibly vivid and detailed reimagining of what happened. This writing is phenomenal; a bit of a slow burn at the beginning as I was getting acquainted with all the characters, but things picked up fast. Gore, sex, intrigue...this was a work of literary art. Megan Abbott continues to impress.
  • Liam Green
    another abbott reimagination masterpieceThis one starts a bit slow, unlike Abbott's other period-piece noirs, but soon enough takes a whiplash inducing left turn into lurid hell, underpinned by strong feminist and class critique themes.
  • Tiffani
    Ever since I read Dare Me last year I have been eagerly working my way through Megan Abbott's backlist. This time it was Bury Me Deep. Inspired by a true crime involving a grisly discovery inside a steamer trunk, Bury Me Deep tells the story of a young woman abandoned by her husband in Phoenix. The woman is Marion Seeley and her doctor husband has gone to Mexico to kick his drug habit. He promises to come back some day. In the meantime Marion fin...
  • MikeS
    Bury Me Deep is a hard-hitting femme noir about Marion Seeley, a young nurse whose husband, Dr. Seeley, is away on business. In his absence, Marion is befriended by two swinging and raucous dames, Ginny and Louise, who draw Marion into their lifestyle of all night parties, booze, drugs, and the prominent and irresistible, “Gentleman” Joe Lanigan. What follows is Abbott’s version of the true crime case of Winnie Ruth Judd, the “Trunk Murde...
  • sappho_reader
    The first half was a bit slow but once the murders took place it was a fast ride downhill. Reading the book blurb I knew that this was based on a true crime story of "The Trunk Murderess" - the discovery of body pieces in two large trunks at a Los Angeles train station in 1931. Thus while reading the first half I was trying to figure out who would wind up in those trunks and how they would get there. This part was a tad disappointing as there wer...
  • Steve
    Fictionalized story based on Winnie Ruth Judd, who was convicted of murdering two women in 1931, and who was nearly hanged for it. Abbott reimagines the story, as if things turned out a bit differently. In 1931, Marion Seeley is left in Phoenix while her heroin-addict doctor husband is working in Mexico. While working in a clinic, she falls under the influence of two co-workers who are little more than prostitutes who entertain some the town lead...
  • Jean
    I think Megan Abbott is incredibly smart. I love how Bury Me Deep is deeply feminist, and yet also thoughtfully entrenched in the conventional morality of the early 20th century. I also thought the plot was very well-constructed -- you follow the heroine as she is compelled headlong toward her own destruction, and it's (of course) both horrible and delicious. My main criticism is that the language was excessively flowery, and the dialogue was way...
  • Gregory
    My first Megan Abbott novel and I was impressed. I could really appreciate the work she put in to create dialogue (with appropriate slang) from the novel's 1930's time period. The main characters were really well defined and I often felt frustrated by the decisions some of them made (particularly Marion Seely). But that frustration was obviously the writer's intent. I despised Joe Lanigan pretty early on as he was an obvious (to me) player. He go...
  • Donna
    This one was a little difficult to get caught up in at first, possibly because the good-girl protagonist and real world inspiration made for a quiet start. Once I adjusted to the book's style, more a slow spiral of doom than an action-heavy thriller, I really enjoyed it.Marion was a relatable, sympathetic woman drawn to a kind of life that she isn't supposed to want. She's soon surrounded by new friends, hard liquor, and wild parties, all funded ...
  • Julia
    This book had a slow start, but it has picked up very nicely. I had been interesting in Winnie Ruth Judd since coming across her picture with the caption "trunk murderess" in one of my law enforcement father's crime books (which I was NOT supposed to be reading) when I was about 11 years old. This story is definitely loyal to the noir genre, the writing is tight and effective. She puts an interesting spin on a true crime story. Makes me wonder ho...
  • Lukas (LukeLaneReads)
    DNF...This is advertised as a sort of crime noir novel, but I got half way through and no mystery had been introduced. Instead, I just got a lot of talk about how unhappy the MC is in her marriage. The writing style was also different to Abbotts 'Dare Me', and while I liked her style for that, I can't say the same for this one.
  • Charmaine Clancy
    Megan Abbott has a lovely way with descriptions. Her language is lyrical. I appreciated the way she shows human weakness without judgment. I did find this story a little slow, but that is probably my own fault, I was expecting to read a mystery and this is a crime novel. You know who commits the crime, you're right there with them. I'll definitely try another of Megan Abbott's femme noir.
  • Sarah
    Holy god, I loved this book. Abbott did a great job of making me care about her protagonist, which when one considers what she does over the course of the novel, is no small feat. It read like sex in a back alley feels - fun, dangerous, exciting, scary.
  • Lynn
    Not sure how such a lurid historical crime could be a slow read, but it was for me. There were many references to daily life in the 30s and archaic slang that I had to google, so that slowed me down. Maybe I just find a woman's slavish obsession with a bastard of a man boring ;-)
  • Mandy
    This was only okay in the end.At first I hated it. The writing style drove me mad. I kept thinking that I should just put it down. But the story began to intrigue me, and I got used to the writing.The ending was a lot better than I expected too. So, in the end, a solid three star read.