The Forgetting Place
William Morrow, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
hen Dr. Lise Shields took the job at Menaker State Hospital she knew that many of the patients assigned to this correctional psychiatric facility could never be released. The state of Maryland used this institution to house those who were either incompetent to stand trial or could not be held responsible for their criminal actions.
ise understood how the hospital operated, but then she discovered that Menaker was being used to silence an innocent person, hide a secret, and conceal a grave injustice. In this thrilling psychological novel the psychiatrist will have to grapple with uncovering a conspiracy that will endanger everything she holds dear.
t all begins when Lisa realizes that one of the patients really doesn't fit the template for Menaker and obviously doesn't belong here. She knows there's a problem when the hospital's administrators won't discuss the patient or respond to any questions about him.
hen Dr. Shields realizes she is being carefully watched by the FBI, she knows there's something terribly wrong. The question is how far is she willing to go to uncover the secrets around this mystery patient?
ou'll find that this thriller (the follow-up to Burley's first novel,
The Absence of Mercy
) is all but impossible to set aside. It is a riveting read filled with medical and psychological detail that only an author with a medical background could incorporate into the story.
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