Surrender the Dead: A Novel

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Erin never wanted to come back to Wolf Point, but her father’s deteriorating health makes it necessary. There are too many painful memories. Almost twenty years have gone by since people disappeared from Wolf Point, including Erin’s mother and her friend Angela, among others. Erin’s best friend Robbie was there for her during that time, but she hasn’t seen him in the fifteen years she’s been gone. Bodies have been discovered on her father’s property and it’s not looking good for him. Erin knows he didn’t do it, but small towns have a tendency to mete out their own justice. Erin is going to have to figure this out on her own, and maybe if she’s lucky, Robbie will be there for her again. Secrets don’t stay buried and the ground will eventually Surrender the Dead.

This story is accurately described as a psychological thriller. Sometimes I had a hard time following the threads, with the multiple viewpoints and timelines, but overall it was a compelling story. The author did a great job of giving each of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, a voice. It made it a much more emotional tale that pointed out how we can all play a part in evil acts, even by simply justifying or ignoring the poor treatment of others. Family drama, mystery, and friendship are all highlighted well in this story. I recommend you check it out.

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Author John Burley
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher William Morrow
Publish Date 2021-Jan-12
ISBN 9780062431875 Buy this Book
Issue January 2021
Category Mystery, Crime, Thriller