The Absence of Mercy
by John Burley
on Tour November 19 - December 19
Book Details:Genre: Suspense Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks Publication Date: 11/19/2013 Number of Pages: 352 ISBN: 9780062227379 Note: Graphic violence Purchase Links:
Synopsis: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.
I actually have been to Steubenville, Ohio which isn't far from where this story takes place, so I was interested in that aspect and then I got to reading this very awful tragedy and I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that this was not going to end well for Dr. Stevenson.
I have read so many mysteries and murder books that I have come to see certain signs and I am not always right but I am right enough that the more I read the story, the more I felt this was not going to end well.
Dr. Stevenson is a well known coroner in this book and everyone likes him and his assistant. His family is very important to him but there is something slightly off about his wife. It doesn't show up right away in the story but as more murders continue to happen, we finally get a glimpse into what she is hiding.
It will break your heart to finally know the truth and this book will haunt you in ways you won't believe it will. It also gives you a chilling glimpse into what turns a nice person or what we think is a nice person into a murderer.