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Title:
The forgetting place
Author:
Burley, John, 1971- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers , [2015]

©2015
Physical Description:
344 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
A female psychiatrist at a state mental hospital finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy in this dark and twisting tale of psychological suspense. Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a prison, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation. When Dr. Lise Shields arrived at the correctional psychiatric facility five years ago, she was warned that many of its patients-committed by Maryland's judicial system for perpetrating heinous crimes-would never leave. 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? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.
General Note:
"A novel"--On cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062227409
Format :
Book

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A female psychiatrist at a state mental hospital finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy in this dark and twisting tale of psychological suspense from the author of The Absence of Mercy.

Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a prison, a necessity, a nightmare, a salvation.

When Dr. Lise Shields arrived at the correctional psychiatric facility five years ago, she was warned that many of its patients-committed by Maryland's judicial system for perpetrating heinous crimes-would never leave.

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? Why is it that the newest patient does not seem to belong there, that the hospital administrator has fallen silent, and that Lise is being watched by two men with seemingly lethal intent? The answers are closer than she realizes and could cost her everything she holds dear.

In this chilling follow-up to The Absence of Mercy, author John Burley--a master at medical and psychological detail--showcases the many ways in which the dangers of the outside world pale in comparison to the horrors of the human mind.


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Booklist Review

After five years of working at Menaker State Hospital in Maryland, a correctional psychiatric facility, Dr. Lise Shields sees her circumscribed life spiral out of control. A new arrival, Jason Edwards, comes without paperwork, a highly irregular situation. His story, as he tells Lise, is that his older sister, his protector during childhood, became a CIA agent who killed Jason's gay Lebanese lover, whom she accused of being a Hezbollah terrorist, and Jason took the blame for the murder. What had been a somewhat slow narrative picks up suspense as FBI agents tracking Lise corroborate Jason's account and suggest a conspiracy at the hospital that puts her and Jason in danger, thus setting off a dangerous chase. But readers can't count on things being as they seem at a mental hospital, and a twist in events may be deflating to some. Burley, whose debut, The Absence of Mercy (2013), won the National Black Ribbon Award, has a sure hand at building tension, but pulls his punches a bit here as he lays out the truth of the matter.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Burley follows his fine debut, 2013's The Absence of Mercy, with an even more impressive psychological thriller. Menaker State Hospital in Maryland houses those who are not fit for society, especially those whom society wishes to forget. Dr. Lise Shields, a member of Menaker's psychologist team since receiving her medical license, works with patients who will likely never recover, or even improve discernibly. Nevertheless, she's content with her routine-until she gets a new patient, Jason Edwards, who arrives unannounced and without documentation. Though she's immediately suspicious, she can't help bonding with her amiable, good-looking, but reticent patient. As her doubts about Jason's institutionalization increase, so do the efforts of Menaker's chief medical officer, Dr. Charles Wagner, to tamp down her investigations. Burley, himself a physician, renders the manifestations of psychological illness in such a way that both Lise and the reader must confront the terrifying nature of reality itself. Agent: Paul Lucas, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.