Killer Nashville Book of the Day

“The Forgetting Place” by John Burley / Reviewed by Maria Giordano

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John Burley
John Burley


There will be no forgetting “The Forgetting Place“, the second novel by author and ER physician John Burley. Haunting and relentless, this psychological thriller takes what is familiar, turns it upside down to defy reality, all while weaving a gripping tale of intrigue.

“The Forgetting Place” tells the story of Dr. Lise Shields, a psychiatrist at a correctional facility, who has unexpectedly been assigned a patient with no documentation, no history. What she discovers about this patient will set off a chain of events that will force the doctor to do what she believes is necessary to protect her patient as well as her own life.

Two FBI agents say they will help, but are nowhere to be found when Shields’ needs them most, and then her patient goes missing. Shields will use every ounce of ingenuity to save herself, uncover a terrorist plot, and escape what appears to be a slew of undercover agents after her.

But all is not what it seems. And, the doctor, in the end, must face a reality that is far too painful to bear.

Burley expertly draws on his medical background to expose how the depths of mental anguish will push the mind beyond the limits of reality. What the characters experience makes sense, and somehow through this tale there is a deeper understanding of how as humans we bear grief in extraordinary ways.

Maria Giordano requires at least two cups of coffee a day. The mother of two sassy teens, she also requires wine.

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