Tuesday, November 12, 2013
THE ABSENCE OF MERCY by John Burley
A doctor in small-town Ohio must weigh the need to catch a killer against his fears for his family's safety in this extraordinary debut suspense novel.
Just west of the Ohio River lies the peaceful town of Wintersville. It's a place where neighbors feel like family, the chief of police knows the residents by name, and the sound of children's laughter echoes along the streets.
But when a teenager is discovered brutally murdered in the woods, Dr. Ben Stevenson—the town's medical examiner—becomes entangled in an investigation that will force him to uncover the dark secrets of his seemingly quiet community and ultimately to confront a truth that will haunt him forever.
With its nerve-fraying plot twists and eerie portrait of suburban life, The Absence of Mercy is psychological suspense at its best—a remarkable debut that challenges as much as it thrill.
Sometimes I get so absorbed in a book I'm not aware of what's going on around me, this is one of those books. A well written novel about a psycho serial killer on the loose, very suspenseful, it will keep you up reading it. Ben is a pathologist involved in the investigation, he thought he knew the town he chose to raise his children and the people living there. He didn't. We find out early on who the killer is but that doesn't detract from the story at all. If you like medical mysteries you'll probably like this one.
I received an copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.