At the center of this puzzle is Adrian Wolfe, a successful architect and grief-stricken widower, who, a year after his third wife's death, begins to investigate the cause. How does an editor overlook that? On that note, I felt this book was fast paced with some nice twists, as well as some twisted moments, that kept me guessing. Then a stranger arrives, and Danny and his 10-year-old brother, Sean, go missing. 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. Being the coroner and having a teenager, the murders must have really hit home. That is until a teenager's body is discovered in the woods and Ben, as the only coroner in the area, is assigned to the case. There was one extremely small detail that may not be caught though.
Whether he notices what is going on around him is a different matter as he is totally absorbed at looking for clues to give to the police. Safe from the crime and congestion of city life, it is the perfect place to raise a family. The story flowed pretty easily and was well written. But, after a few lengthy descriptions it also had me skipping further explanations - they were filled with too much 'technical' jargon. Actually, everyone in the book was on my list of suspects. As is his wife, a doctor as well. And now that the relationship is over, I wonder what I'm going to do with my Friday nights.
Ben Stevenson, coroner is handed the first victim — a boy — and is appalled by the damage a human being has done to him. A book of nightmares, love and a very crude Morgue attendant. The Absence of Mercy: A Novel by John Burley is a very intense suspenseful psychological thriller. During those first few days, I was struck with the realization that here is another human being for whom I would sacrifice everything to protect—including my own life, if necessary. Also the slower pace would give him more chances to spend time with his wife and 2 sons. Who is behind the killings? But plain Jane is hiding something. I didn't care about the main characters, let alone all these other people that were thrown in there for filler? 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.
That is followed by the equally destructive death of a young girl. While the ending wasn't a complete surprise it was still satisfying. I read this book in one day, and it was all right. The boy opens his mouth to scream, but the sound is choked off by the blood filling the back of his throat. He is alone now in the woods. Only an unexpectedly hasty wrap-up that leaps forward in time rings false. This book was unsettling at times, but not in a way that I wanted to put this book down.
Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The story follows Ben Stevenston, a pathologist in a small town outside of Pittsburgh. That can only mean that this is going to be a winner. Ben is our central character rather than the murderer and we are able to see the toll this investigation takes on him and his family. I also would have liked a better epilogue.
But what happens when a place like Menaker is corrupted, when it becomes a tool to silence the innocent, conceal an injustice, contain a secret? I decided to go to medical school, and things sort of snowballed from there. What a complete and total waste of time. 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. This was an uncorrected proof copy. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect, and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all. Burley's background is in medicine. The ending will shake all you believe in.
Unsettling but good debut for this author and I believe he's gotten better with his newest novel, The Quiet Child. He is late from coming home from school. The story told by the town medical examiner Dr. . The killer eventually begins taunting Stevenson, who fears for his family, yadda, yadda, yadda. Marcus Sakey deftly threads his way through this gripping narrative of a dystopian society in which the truly gifted among us are separated from their parents, taught to fear and mistrust their own kind, and are persecuted, hunted, and sometimes even Marcus Sakey deftly threads his way through this gripping narrative of a dystopian society in which the truly gifted among us are separated from their parents, taught to fear and mistrust their own kind, and are persecuted, hunted, and sometimes even neutralized for the safety and betterment of society. Ben and Susan have two sons, one high school age.
Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. Unsettling but good debut for this author and I believe he's gotten better with his newest novel, The Quiet Child. I was surprised at where Burley chose to take his story after that - it was a nice twist. All elements work together to make this chilling tale one the reader will remember and think about. Susan has just learned that an unidentified high school boy has been found in the local woods, apparently fatally stabbed on his way home from school. With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, this is psychological suspense at its best-an extraordinary debut that challenges as much as it thrills. Was that helpful in developing your characters? We can start with the continuity error in the first chapter- unacceptable.
I thought Ben's reaction to the murders was the most interesting. While I have been called reasonably intelligent and have a decent vocabulary, the medical descriptions lost me at times. Got this as an advance copy from LibraryThing. Hopefully he meant helium as it is much safer than using the flammable hydrogen. Do they really want to know? Burley, an emergency room physician, peppers the taut, cohesive narrative with plenty of authentic forensic detail. There's no doubt that Paula Hawkins is a talented writer. There are plenty of clues to catch and on a subconscious level I knew who the killer was.
The science teacher in me just had to comment on that. This was an uncorrected proof copy. Ben Stevenson became the county medical examiner because he didn't want to go to bed every night listening to sirens. The story told by the town medical examiner Dr. Ben Stevenson, coroner is handed the first victim — a boy — and is appalled by the damage a human being has done to him. Life as the town medical examiner is relatively unhurried for Dr. If you do not want to lose sleep then do not start this book late at night.