The Absence of Mercy: A Novel by John Burley (Review By Pauline)


**Review By Pauline From The Nerd Girl Page**

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*

A serial killer, murder mystery, and medical thriller all wrapped up in one? How could I resist? As a long time fan of John Sanford, I saw this opportunity for review and picked it up right away. The twist of seeing things from the medical examiner and his family’s point of view made things hit home a little harder than the usual “single” detective story.
The author’s masterful use of metaphor had me underlining passages just for the poetic nature of his prose. And although a lot of the medical jargon went over my head, it added a bit of realism to the general plot line. None of the book felt too intellectual to be picked up by the common reader.
Now. Not to spoil the plot, but as far as whodunits go, I was a bit disappointed by the lack of real clues throughout the story. It wasn’t until after the murderer was suspected that we got real clues to his/her identity. For that, I was sorely tempted to knock off a star. But overall, the reading experience was better than pleasant, and I’d definitely pick up a book by this author again.





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