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The Absence of Mercy
The Absence of Mercy
Author: John Burley
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&m...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062227379
ISBN-10: 0062227378
Publication Date: 11/19/2013
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 22 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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spartacusaby avatar reviewed The Absence of Mercy on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is an impressive debut novel, with some truly creepy moments. Even when it's clear "whodunit," the tension doesn't let up and you keep reading compulsively to see how it ends. Well done and well worth reading, if you enjoy psychological thrillers.
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Helpful Score: 1
It is difficult to review this book without disclosing the person responsible for the horribly sadistic murders in a small Ohio town. It is possible to relate that the person's identity adds further levels of complexity and pain to this novel. The suspense doesn't conclude when the perpetrator is eventually tracked because the apprehension is thwarted by a family member. The moral dilemma of the sociopath's family becomes the focus and thought-provoking conclusion of this debut novel.
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Helpful Score: 1
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A book with a serial killer with the coroner and his family at the center, what a great change to the normal serial killer book. I loved having the main character be a different part of the investigation; it gave a different perspective on how the hunt for a serial killer can unfold.

WHAT a twist! I have to keep this review brief because I just can't reveal anything that would ruin the spoiler on this one! The killer came out of nowhere for me, but not too far that I felt annoyed. It was just out of left field that I wanted to read it again to pick up on any more clues that I think I may have missed! I absolutely adore being surprised!
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Sorry, this book is not one I would recommend. As the other reader expressed-a lot of medical terms, I didn't understand. The ending didn't impress me. At times, I thought the story line was good, but it wasn't good enough.