The Forgetting Place

Menaker State Hospital is a curse, a refuge, a place of imprisonment, 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, to conceal an injustice, to 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. 

The answers could cost her everything.

In this chilling follow-up to The Absence of Mercy , author John Burley--a master of 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. 


Praise for The Forgetting Place :

"The Forgetting Place  is a deep dive into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.  John Burley's deftly written and briskly plotted story unsettles as he guides us through the twisting and labyrinthine corridors of mental illness, where the ground rumbles beneath our feet and surprises wait at every turn."   (Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love You)

"Layered and evocative ... an intelligent, powerful read."   (Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of The Missing Place)

"Burley deftly twists this psychological thriller, threading his tale with clues that add up to a stunning revelation.  Dark, intricate, and compelling."   (Kirkus Reviews)

"A fantastic psychological ride.  This is one author that can scare you to death."   (Suspense Magazine)