The Absence of Mercy
by John Burley
on Tour November 19 – December 19
John Burley’s The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing tale of suspense involving a brutal murder and dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town.
When a brutally murdered teenager is discovered in the woods surrounding a small Ohio town, Dr. Ben Stevenson—the town’s medical examiner—must decide if he’s willing to put his family’s life in danger to uncover the truth. Finding himself pulled deeper into an investigation with devastating consequences, he discovers shocking information that will shatter his quiet community, and force him to confront a haunting truth.
With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, The Absence of Mercy is domestic drama at its best for fans of Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Jennifer McMahon, and Lisa Gardner.
When I signed up to review The Absence of Mercy by John Burley for this book tour, I didn’t realize how close to home it would feel. John’s story is set in ‘small town Ohio’, literally in my own back yard! It is set in Wintersville, Ohio and throughout other parts of Jefferson County, including Steubenville, Ohio. I was born in Steubenville, and live just a short way from there. 🙂 This is the first time I’ve read a story that was set in this area. Without taking the setting into account, John Burley has written a fantastic psychological thriller. I found myself feeling uneasy and edging toward the end of my chair as I read each page. Taking into account that this story, albeit fictional, is happening in my own backyard, and the thrills just escalate.
The pathologist, Ben, is a likable character and truly does seem like someone who would fit into this area of the country. He has flaws but you feel he is a genuinely good guy who just wants to do right by the world. John does a great job of really nailing down the ‘feel’ of this whole part of the country, as well as the people. The entire story felt totally authentic to me. And it scared the &*%&*( outta me! 😉
This really is a wonderful read and I am so happy I had the opportunity to read it and share it with you. I really enjoyed the story…it has all the elements of a mystery/thriller that leave you craving more. It’s gritty, raw and real…well worth the read!!
Read an excerpt:
John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his emergency medicine residency training at University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in northern California, where he lives with his wife, daughter, Great Dane, and English Bulldog. This is his first novel.
It has been brought to my attention that the giveaway info was incorrect. So sorry about that! The author will be giving away 5 books throughout the tour.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review during this blog tour. No compensation was received. Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. are in no way involved in this giveaway. Brooke Blogs is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
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