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When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a trace—including Erin’s mother—and no explanation was ever found. It’s been years since the last disappearance, but the town is still steeped in suspicion and haunted by the ghosts of the missing. No one is thrilled to see Erin back, including her former best friend, Robbie, who has changed from a spirited, fearless boy to a reclusive shut-in. Then a body is discovered, buried in a makeshift grave for years . . . on the Reece family’s land. The police reopen their investigation, and the evidence against Erin’s father is damning. After such a long time without answers, the community wants justice. It’s up to Erin to clear her father’s name, but the path to the truth will force her to unearth long-buried secrets and confront a terrible evil. Because in Wolf Point, everyone knows more than they are letting on...


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When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a When Erin Reece left Wolf Point fifteen years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a trace—including Erin’s mother—and no explanation was ever found. It’s been years since the last disappearance, but the town is still steeped in suspicion and haunted by the ghosts of the missing. No one is thrilled to see Erin back, including her former best friend, Robbie, who has changed from a spirited, fearless boy to a reclusive shut-in. Then a body is discovered, buried in a makeshift grave for years . . . on the Reece family’s land. The police reopen their investigation, and the evidence against Erin’s father is damning. After such a long time without answers, the community wants justice. It’s up to Erin to clear her father’s name, but the path to the truth will force her to unearth long-buried secrets and confront a terrible evil. Because in Wolf Point, everyone knows more than they are letting on...

30 review for Surrender the Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.25 small town gritty stars I quickly powered through this one and really liked the descriptive writing style and character development. This was fast-paced storytelling and it definitely drew me into the story. Set in the small town of Wolf Point, Montana, we meet Erin Reece who grew up there but has been gone for 15 years. Erin is now a veterinarian in Colorado. She grew up on a farm with her parents and her best friend Robbie lived at the next house down the road. Now Erin’s father is sick, an 4.25 small town gritty stars I quickly powered through this one and really liked the descriptive writing style and character development. This was fast-paced storytelling and it definitely drew me into the story. Set in the small town of Wolf Point, Montana, we meet Erin Reece who grew up there but has been gone for 15 years. Erin is now a veterinarian in Colorado. She grew up on a farm with her parents and her best friend Robbie lived at the next house down the road. Now Erin’s father is sick, and she’s been called back home. Wolf Point has a strange history of people disappearing without a trace. There are flashbacks from Erin’s childhood and vignettes of the people who have disappeared. The town is still haunted by the disappearances and Erin doesn’t meet a welcoming committee when she returns to town. Even best friend Robbie is keeping his distance. Things get really interesting when a body is discovered on Erin’s family farm. Is her father the one behind the disappearances? Will Erin be able to clear his name or will the town seek justice of their own? There are so many secrets in this town! This one builds to a heart-pumping conclusion that I was almost too scared to read! This was my first John Burley book, but I will read some of his earlier books for sure! Thank you to Scene of the Crime/William Morrow for the copy of this one to read and review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Murphy

    It's always nice to come across a writer who is new to me and who checks all of the boxes and makes me want to read more by him or her. Such is the case with John Burley and this excellent book. I have found that books billed as thrillers are often fast-paced with twists but not much in the way of character or location development. That is not the case with Surrender the Dead. Not only is it fast-paced with wow! twists at the end, but it is character driven and I can still feel the wind blowing i It's always nice to come across a writer who is new to me and who checks all of the boxes and makes me want to read more by him or her. Such is the case with John Burley and this excellent book. I have found that books billed as thrillers are often fast-paced with twists but not much in the way of character or location development. That is not the case with Surrender the Dead. Not only is it fast-paced with wow! twists at the end, but it is character driven and I can still feel the wind blowing in Wolf Point, Montana. I loved the descriptive writing. Erin Reece returns home to Wolf Point, Montana for the first time in fifteen years because her aging father is very ill. A surprise in the form of a human skeleton found on their ranch also awaits her. The story goes back and forth between events that occurred in the late 1990's and her situation in the present time. Sixteen people went missing from Wolf Point over the course of three years when Erin was growing up, one of whom was Erin's mother. No trace of them was ever found. Could the body found on the Reece ranch be the first of many buried there? Is Erin's father responsible for the disappearances? Does Erin know more about the disappearances than she is letting on? These are just a few of the questions raised as the story progresses. This book gripped me from the start and I loved the way the events of the past were revealed little by little. The characters came to life for me as well as the small town on the Montana highline. I highly recommend this book for those who love a good story and excellent writing. Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for this advance copy. It was a joy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    4.5 I’ve just finished reading this gem and I’m so impressed!! If you’re into (slow-paced) small town mysteries; definitely give this one a go. The unraveling of the mystery is so unique, and I could never have predicted who the killer was!! If you’re planning to read this, just keep in mind that it’s a slow-burner. However, it pulls you in until the end and you’ll feel more immersed the more you keep reading. Will definitely be hunting for the author’s other books!

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Morgan

    Like a freight train barreling down the tracks to reach its final destination, I could not stop reading this until I reached the very thrilling conclusion and final sentence. Erin Reece left town fifteen years ago after her mother and a dozen others went missing and distance grew between her and her father. Now she's back after her father's doctor calls to tell her her father's in bad shape and she should come home. When she arrives she learns the remains of a body has been found on her father's Like a freight train barreling down the tracks to reach its final destination, I could not stop reading this until I reached the very thrilling conclusion and final sentence. Erin Reece left town fifteen years ago after her mother and a dozen others went missing and distance grew between her and her father. Now she's back after her father's doctor calls to tell her her father's in bad shape and she should come home. When she arrives she learns the remains of a body has been found on her father's farm dredging up the memories and history the town has tried to move on from. Told from a then and now narrative, this tightly wound novel builds in suspense as the events of the past come to light. Gripping in its intensity and atmospheric in its settings this one grabs hold and doesn't let go. Although there is a sizable cast I had no problem following along and keeping them all straight. I enjoyed the development of the characters as their stories unfold between the past and present timelines. And that conclusion! It had me holding my breath with anticipation and was completely satisfied when I was finally able to let it out and breath normally again. If you're a thriller lover who likes to be kept in suspense right up to the end, I'm sure you'll want to add this to your TBR pile ASAP. . Thank you to the author, William Morrow's Scene Of The Crime Facebook group and NetGalley for the ARC to read, review and enjoy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alena

    Not a bad thriller overall but one that had too many issues in my opinion. Most of it was very slow, constantly jumping from the current day to different times in the past, also adding different POVs here and there which sometimes were a bit confusing and probably unnecessary. The writing was fine but I didn't feel any excitement or intrigue while reading it. It got more interesting closer to the end with a few big revelations but the very end became just too much. We were suddenly introduced to Not a bad thriller overall but one that had too many issues in my opinion. Most of it was very slow, constantly jumping from the current day to different times in the past, also adding different POVs here and there which sometimes were a bit confusing and probably unnecessary. The writing was fine but I didn't feel any excitement or intrigue while reading it. It got more interesting closer to the end with a few big revelations but the very end became just too much. We were suddenly introduced to a crazy villain with very drawn out over-the-top action where the protagonist somehow could still walk and fight despite her many injuries, and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief there. Thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow for my ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I read the premise for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. With chapters ranging from current time to back in the 90's, the chapters weave seamlessly together to form one cohesive story line. With so many plot twists and turns you didn't see coming, you won't want to put this down. I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I read the premise for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. With chapters ranging from current time to back in the 90's, the chapters weave seamlessly together to form one cohesive story line. With so many plot twists and turns you didn't see coming, you won't want to put this down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deena B

    SURRENDER THE DEAD by John Burley The suspense nearly killed me!! Very well written psychological thriller - I enjoyed it! It was my pleasure to win and read this book I won in a Goodreads Giveaway, thank you to the author and Harper Collins/William Morrow.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This was a pretty solid thriller that kept me guessing until the final chapters! The author is an ER doc who knows how to write about the human body in some pretty vivid ways … so if you’re queasy, you might want skim-read the ending. I will mention that this book uses one of my least-favorite author tricks - when the main character knows more than they're letting on. I always feel a little bit betrayed by this - how am I supposed to figure out what's going on if I don't have full disclosure?? H This was a pretty solid thriller that kept me guessing until the final chapters! The author is an ER doc who knows how to write about the human body in some pretty vivid ways … so if you’re queasy, you might want skim-read the ending. I will mention that this book uses one of my least-favorite author tricks - when the main character knows more than they're letting on. I always feel a little bit betrayed by this - how am I supposed to figure out what's going on if I don't have full disclosure?? However, thriller lovers probably won't be too bothered by this. The book is fast-paced and exciting. Because I can’t talk too much about the plot of the book without being spoiler-y, so you’ll have to make do with this summary: When Erin Reece left Wolf Point 15 years ago after graduating high school, she’d planned to never set foot in her childhood hometown again. But an urgent phone call from her father’s doctor leaves Erin with no choice but to return to a place filled with painful memories and wounds that never closed. Two decades ago, people in Wolf Point started disappearing without a trace—including Erin’s mother—and no explanation was ever found. The disappearances went on for three years and then abruptly stopped. It’s been years since the last disappearance, but the town is still steeped in suspicion and haunted by the ghosts of the missing. No one is thrilled to see Erin back, including her former best friend, Robbie, who has changed from a spirited, fearless boy to a reclusive shut-in. Then a body is discovered . . . on the Reece family’s land. The police reopen their investigation, and the evidence against Erin’s father is damning. After such a long time without answers, the community wants justice. It’s up to Erin to clear her father’s name, but the path to the truth will force her to unearth long-buried secrets and confront a terrible evil. Because in Wolf Point, everyone knows more than they are letting on . . . Thank you #NetGalley for the #eARC of the book in exchange for an honest review. #SurrendertheDead goes on sale January 12, 2021! For more reviews, join me on Instagram @jills_bookish_life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen M

    Oh my God! I know I have to write a review but oh….. I just finished this unbelievably well-written thriller which at times had me on the edge of my chair and I feel like I’m still wrapped up in this story. I’m going to tell you nothing about the storyline because I am so afraid of ruining it for you. I will tell you that I read it in big chunks and when I was done gasping for air and felt I could sit back in my chair, I would put the book down and try and let go of all the emotions I was feeling Oh my God! I know I have to write a review but oh….. I just finished this unbelievably well-written thriller which at times had me on the edge of my chair and I feel like I’m still wrapped up in this story. I’m going to tell you nothing about the storyline because I am so afraid of ruining it for you. I will tell you that I read it in big chunks and when I was done gasping for air and felt I could sit back in my chair, I would put the book down and try and let go of all the emotions I was feeling. This is a thriller and horrifying and everything I look for in a roller coaster of a story. When I finished it just now I felt relief for the outcome and relief that I had finished it. I haven’t had a thriller get such a grip on me since my last Stephen King which was horror not a thriller like this book although there is horror to be found here. I recommend this book for all the other thriller junkies out there. Well-drawn characters who you will worry about and warn with a lot of “no, no, no” to which they, of course, do not respond. I really enjoyed this book. I received a copy of an Advance Reader’s E-Proof. Thank you to Scene of The Crime, NetGalley, HarperCollins Publishers, William Morrow and the author, John Burley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    4.5/5 Surrender the dead was an amazing suspenseful read. It was gruesome and fast-paced and I was here for it. I loved it. The story is told in the present time and in the '90s. You follow Erin through her childhood and into adulthood. I loved the character development and how Erin developed into the story and how it unfolded in a way that the reader learned what Erin learned. As the reader, you had to quickly catch up. I read this one in two days and would recommend it to anyone that loves sus 4.5/5 Surrender the dead was an amazing suspenseful read. It was gruesome and fast-paced and I was here for it. I loved it. The story is told in the present time and in the '90s. You follow Erin through her childhood and into adulthood. I loved the character development and how Erin developed into the story and how it unfolded in a way that the reader learned what Erin learned. As the reader, you had to quickly catch up. I read this one in two days and would recommend it to anyone that loves suspenseful reads. It does have some gruesome descriptions so it is not for everyone. Thank you to William Morrow/Harpercollins and Netgalley for my advanced copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    Another book were I waffled between a 4 and 3 stars. I was sucked into the story and liked the characters. In this case less would be more. A good edit maybe 50 pages would make this a solid 4 star read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Veterinarian Erin Reece returns to her hometown of Wolf Point, Montana when she learns her father is critically ill. Wolf Point holds unpleasant memories for Erin. Her mother and her childhood friend were just two of the people who went missing from the town over twenty years ago. While in town, she reaquanits herself with some of the people she knew years ago, including her former best friend Robbie Tabaha. Some of these meetings go better than others. Things get even worse when human remains a Veterinarian Erin Reece returns to her hometown of Wolf Point, Montana when she learns her father is critically ill. Wolf Point holds unpleasant memories for Erin. Her mother and her childhood friend were just two of the people who went missing from the town over twenty years ago. While in town, she reaquanits herself with some of the people she knew years ago, including her former best friend Robbie Tabaha. Some of these meetings go better than others. Things get even worse when human remains are found on her father’s farm. Now her father’s health is the least of Erin’s problems. He is now a suspected murderer and it soon becomes clear that many people in Wolf Point are keeping secrets, including Erin. Surrender the Dead by John Burley is an engrossing thriller. The suspense builds as the story continues and becomes creepy as more details about the disappearances from the town of Wolf Point come to light. The way the story is told does get a little confusing and makes the pace uneven. There are flashbacks to different events in the past that are interspersed between what is going on in the present. Those flashbacks aren’t sequential though, so it takes some effort to keep track of where in the story’s timeline they take place. However, in the long run, the effort is worth it. The closer to the end you get, the more suspenseful the book becomes and I didn’t want to put it down. There are many twists toward the end that really surprised me and they just keep coming before the book comes to a dramatic conclusion. Some of the scenes aren’t for the squeamish, but I enjoyed this suspenseful thriller and especially liked the strong bonds of friendship between Erin and Robbie. Thank you to NetGalley, William Morrow, and Scene of the Crime Early Reads for this ebook. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Sligh

    This is my literal nightmare. People just vanishing left and night with no trace. Y’all. The anticipation and the stress from the victims were palpable on these pages. I could feel them trying to fight because they knew it was their time. I haven’t really read a heart pounding thriller in a while, and this one definitely made up for that. There are alternating chapters of present day and the past, but y’all, I didn’t get confused. It flowed so well that I wasn’t confused! Also, there’s a lot of This is my literal nightmare. People just vanishing left and night with no trace. Y’all. The anticipation and the stress from the victims were palpable on these pages. I could feel them trying to fight because they knew it was their time. I haven’t really read a heart pounding thriller in a while, and this one definitely made up for that. There are alternating chapters of present day and the past, but y’all, I didn’t get confused. It flowed so well that I wasn’t confused! Also, there’s a lot of characters, minor and major. Well, there’s like 294284828 people that are taken without a trace, so once I realized they were another victim, it kind of made it easier on my brain. I do feel like there were so many characters that it did kind of make it not as strong with other characters. Plus, we have some that got married or changed names, or go back nicknames. I needed a character board! If we could have just focused on a few, it would have really been absolutely wild wild (instead of just one.. wild 😜) This book is a hefty one. I was not expecting it and I honestly breezed through it quicker than I anticipated. This is a true page turner, and the ending still has me running for the hills. Thank you William Morrow & NetGalley for the gifted copy! Surrender the Dead is out Jan. 12th!

  14. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    This is one of several snippet reviews of books that just haven't worked for me. Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe not. What is sad, is that many of these are authors I've previously liked, so please don't judge them too harshly. These are books of which I want a record for myself, more than anything else. John Burley's "The Quiet Child" was a book I found thoroughly intriguing and haunting. In reading the description of "Surrender the Dead," I was excited and couldn't wait to get the book. I even b This is one of several snippet reviews of books that just haven't worked for me. Maybe it's the pandemic, maybe not. What is sad, is that many of these are authors I've previously liked, so please don't judge them too harshly. These are books of which I want a record for myself, more than anything else. John Burley's "The Quiet Child" was a book I found thoroughly intriguing and haunting. In reading the description of "Surrender the Dead," I was excited and couldn't wait to get the book. I even bought it. What is it with authors today? Where are those who can tell a story that starts on page 1 (No prologue), and continue to the last page? Not here, obviously. I shall say that I loved the character of Erin and was interested in getting to know her better. But then, suddenly, the story jumps to 1996 (from 2018) and to one of those who have disappeared. But even their stories aren't told sequentially. Hell, it's like a bad drug flashback; random and unexpected. No, sorry, there are better ways to have worked their information into the story. As it was, I lost patience very quickly. Very disappointing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pattyh

    Thank you Netgalley and William Morrow for the preview of Surrender the Dead by John Burley. A woman's father is sick and she returns to her home to see him. It's been a long time since she has been home. There are many secrets in this town and missing people. One of them was her mother. Can she return home to see her father, where her mother disappeaared, and to search for the truth. The plot goes back and forth in time and the main character's life is engrossing. Good ending and strong plot. 3.5 Thank you Netgalley and William Morrow for the preview of Surrender the Dead by John Burley. A woman's father is sick and she returns to her home to see him. It's been a long time since she has been home. There are many secrets in this town and missing people. One of them was her mother. Can she return home to see her father, where her mother disappeaared, and to search for the truth. The plot goes back and forth in time and the main character's life is engrossing. Good ending and strong plot. 3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Morgan-- JUSTONEMOREPAGE_

    "Too late for games, too late for fun. Tomorrow's big adventures are all but said and done." . Surrender the Dead is not only a psychological thriller, but it's also a novel about loss, forgiveness, and the strengths of family and friendships. Surrender the Dead, is about a small town with a very disturbing past. You see, when Erin Reece was younger her childhood was completely normal. Until one day, her friend disappeared without a trace. Unfortunately, this disappearance was the first, but it wa "Too late for games, too late for fun. Tomorrow's big adventures are all but said and done." . Surrender the Dead is not only a psychological thriller, but it's also a novel about loss, forgiveness, and the strengths of family and friendships. Surrender the Dead, is about a small town with a very disturbing past. You see, when Erin Reece was younger her childhood was completely normal. Until one day, her friend disappeared without a trace. Unfortunately, this disappearance was the first, but it wasn't the last. Slowly, one by one, people of this small town started disappearing. No one knew who was taking them, or where they ended up, but everyone was suspicious and scared. Erin's mother was the last to disappear, and as soon as she was old enough, Erin decided to disappear too. Only Erin's disappearance was plain and simple, she needed to get away from this God awful town. . Unfortunately for Erin, its fifteen years later and she finds herself back in this town. Two bodies were found on her family farm, and the suspicions and rumors start up once again. Surrender the dead is told through two timelines, the past and the present. I was hooked right from page one, the timeline of the past was absolutely amazing. I couldn't put it down and just wanted to finish it to see what happened, and I certainly did not see that ending coming! The only thing I didn't overly enjoy was Erin's character as an adult, it was almost like she was completely stuck in the past and didn't grow up at all. Besides that, I very much enjoyed this read and would definitely recommend

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kayci

    *Advance copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Wolf Point, Montana, is a place to leave - either by force or by choice. Erin Reece left behind her family and friends after graduating from high school, not looking back until her father's illness and a shocking discovery on the family farm force her return. Alternating between the past and present, readers discover the story of the disappearances of townspeople that marked the end of Erin's childhood, inclu *Advance copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Wolf Point, Montana, is a place to leave - either by force or by choice. Erin Reece left behind her family and friends after graduating from high school, not looking back until her father's illness and a shocking discovery on the family farm force her return. Alternating between the past and present, readers discover the story of the disappearances of townspeople that marked the end of Erin's childhood, including that of with her own mother. The question remains: who was responsible for all of the missing people and where are they now? As the focus narrows on a suspect, Erin's hospitalized father, she is forced to confront the reality of what happened all those years ago. The pacing of this book was great and I very much enjoyed the alternating timelines with various perspectives. However, I found the end extremely rushed and fragmented, as well as and somewhat disjointed from the rest of the storyline. There were multiple moving parts and characters that, in the end, didn't matter and served truly no purpose other than maybe to illustrate the insular nature of the community. Because there were so many names overwhelming the reader, I find it doubtful that you would be able to make the connection that was integral to understanding the motivation of the perpetrator. I enjoy books with an "aha!" moment where I can look back and see, as a reader, how I got to the conclusion. Surrender the Dead fell a little short for me in that aspect, but it was still a great read that I would recommend to others.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Overall, this isn't a bad thriller. It's quite dark and quite depressing at times, though, and overall I found that it took too long to get where it was going. If you like a good slow-burn mystery, then this is definitely one for you. I liked the story arc with Erin returning to the small town where she grew up because her father is quite ill. During her childhood, multiple people disappeared from their town, including Erin's own mother. While her father is in the hospital on a ventilator, the po Overall, this isn't a bad thriller. It's quite dark and quite depressing at times, though, and overall I found that it took too long to get where it was going. If you like a good slow-burn mystery, then this is definitely one for you. I liked the story arc with Erin returning to the small town where she grew up because her father is quite ill. During her childhood, multiple people disappeared from their town, including Erin's own mother. While her father is in the hospital on a ventilator, the police discover remains of at least one body on his property. Is her father responsible for the disappearances? Once everything plays out in the story and I reached the end, I found the mystery to be very clever and surprising. Towards the last quarter of the book I couldn't turn pages fast enough to discover what was going on. However, it just took so long to get there, and the reader only has Erin's point of view, no insight into the police investigation and what leads they followed and what didn't pan out. There were some parts that required me to suspend some disbelief to buy into the explanations. Decent thriller, worth reading if you can stand some twisty dark violence. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lora - questsandcrimes

    4.5-5 Erin Reece left Wolf Point 15 years ago and never looked back. A call from her father’s doctor has her returning home. There were many disappearances in Wolf Point 20 years ago. The cases were never solved. When a badly is discovered on the Reece family farm, the town wants answers. I have seen so many good reviews for this one, and the hype is real. I loved the writing. It is SO DESCRIPTIVE, you feel like you’re living the scene. Which isn’t always great because...murder. Surrender the Dead 4.5-5 Erin Reece left Wolf Point 15 years ago and never looked back. A call from her father’s doctor has her returning home. There were many disappearances in Wolf Point 20 years ago. The cases were never solved. When a badly is discovered on the Reece family farm, the town wants answers. I have seen so many good reviews for this one, and the hype is real. I loved the writing. It is SO DESCRIPTIVE, you feel like you’re living the scene. Which isn’t always great because...murder. Surrender the Dead is told in multiple timelines from multiple POVs. You get chapters from now, and then chapters from the past. Pay attention! The future chapter are not always labelled. I always love multiple timelines. It made me fly through the book to see if I could connect the dots. I couldn’t 🙃. This book is about pain, loss, and family. There were times where I had to cringe away from the pain, and not just the physical. It’s set in Montana! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set there. Bonus points. Add this one to your tbr!! Thank you to William Morrow for my review copy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Dark and twisted. This book will haunt you long after you’ve finished. A town haunted by its past. The ghosts of the past are everywhere. Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the story. It has a dark haunting vibe to it. The pacing is a little slow in some places but not enough to deter me from the story. As the story progresses, you can feel something building and you just know it’s going to shake you to your core. With the many twists and turns the author threw in there, I was both surp Dark and twisted. This book will haunt you long after you’ve finished. A town haunted by its past. The ghosts of the past are everywhere. Right from the beginning, I was pulled into the story. It has a dark haunting vibe to it. The pacing is a little slow in some places but not enough to deter me from the story. As the story progresses, you can feel something building and you just know it’s going to shake you to your core. With the many twists and turns the author threw in there, I was both surprised and delighted at the ending. The author did not disappoint! This is a new to me author. I really enjoyed his writing and storytelling style. Great suspense! I can’t wait to see more from this author. If you love suspense and those thrilling books, this one is for YOU! Grab your copy today! I give this 5 stars.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Young

    Surrender the Dead by John Burley was such a great read! Erin Reece, a woman in her 30’s, is on her way home to Wolf Point, Montana. She has not been back for 15 years. She swore she would never return. However, she got a call that her father is gravely ill so she must return. When Erin was a child many residents of Wolf Point went missing, never to be found again. The last person to go missing was her own mother. This disappearance has shaped her life and is the reason she never wanted to retur Surrender the Dead by John Burley was such a great read! Erin Reece, a woman in her 30’s, is on her way home to Wolf Point, Montana. She has not been back for 15 years. She swore she would never return. However, she got a call that her father is gravely ill so she must return. When Erin was a child many residents of Wolf Point went missing, never to be found again. The last person to go missing was her own mother. This disappearance has shaped her life and is the reason she never wanted to return. Once Erin gets back to Wolf Point, she gets drawn back into the mystery of the missing people. This book had so many factors that I loved. I really enjoy the character of Erin. The chapters alternate between present day and in the 90s, chronicling the different missing people and what Erin was doing back then. It really made for a well-developed character that you felt like you knew personally. I don’t want to go to too much detail but this is one of the most original mysteries I have read. I thought I had it figured out but I was totally wrong. The town of Wolf Point was another character that I loved. Burley’s descriptions of it were so detailed that I felt like I’ve been there. I hated to finish this book because I had grown to love the characters and the town. Thank you to net galley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    3.5 I am rounding this up since I did really enjoy the storyline. There were a few moments that felt like way too much filler. But, if you are looking for a good mystery, I think this will be enjoyable for many!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book was much more creepy and violent than what I am used to reading. I thought about dnfing it because of this but the story was too compelling. I had to find out what happened.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jody Blanchette

    Word travels fast in the small town of Wolf Point. So when Erin Reece comes home to help her ailing father, the locals come out of the woodwork to tell her she's not welcome. While Erin's father was in the hospital, skeletal remains are found on his property. The town has never forgot the three years in the 90s when their loved ones went missing. Random women, children and men just vanished without a trace. Now, decades later, bodies are being discovered and the families want answers. Erin is t Word travels fast in the small town of Wolf Point. So when Erin Reece comes home to help her ailing father, the locals come out of the woodwork to tell her she's not welcome. While Erin's father was in the hospital, skeletal remains are found on his property. The town has never forgot the three years in the 90s when their loved ones went missing. Random women, children and men just vanished without a trace. Now, decades later, bodies are being discovered and the families want answers. Erin is trapped in the small town she grew up in. As she tries to forget her past, she is forced to defend herself and her father from a town that wants revenge. Surrender The Dead is about regrets, loss and revenge. Every person a small town feels the loss of one of their own. When there is no one to bury and no one to answer for the pain, eventually the feelings of loss turn to anger. The story jumps between characters in the past and the present, giving us the perspective of the children that lived through the fear and the resulting adults. The suspense and mystery builds through the years of unanswered questions and is done so slowly and methodically, that the eventual plot twist comes out of nowhere. The last few chapters are like removing the lid of a boiling pot. I really enjoyed this book. It held my attention the whole time, with all my questions answered in the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carla Suto

    SURRENDER THE DEAD by John Burley is a gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Erin Reece left her hometown of Wolf Point, Montana after high school vowing never to return. The town holds nothing but painful memories of the tragic events that occurred there nearly twenty years ago. Back then, over a period of a few years, a dozen people went missing without a trace, including Erin’s mother. No clues to solving the disapp SURRENDER THE DEAD by John Burley is a gripping psychological thriller full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Erin Reece left her hometown of Wolf Point, Montana after high school vowing never to return. The town holds nothing but painful memories of the tragic events that occurred there nearly twenty years ago. Back then, over a period of a few years, a dozen people went missing without a trace, including Erin’s mother. No clues to solving the disappearances were ever found. After receiving a phone call that her father been hospitalized and is in critical condition, Erin knows she must return. Upon her arrival in Wolf Point, Erin is informed that a body has been found in a makeshift grave on her father’s property. Still haunted by the past, the town is quick to accuse Erin’s father and demand justice for the families of the missing, now presumed deceased. Erin is determined to learn the truth, but in trying to clear her father’s name, she uncovers long-buried secrets from the past that reveal unimaginable evil. The chapters alternate seamlessly between the past and present day leading up to the shocking conclusion. I enjoyed this chilling and suspenseful book and highly recommend it. Thank you to the author, publisher, Scene of The Crime and NetGalley for the chance to read an early copy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    John Burley’s “ Surrender the Dead” certainly fits into the mystery thriller genre. The thriller part- the ending is definitely edge-of- your - seat stuff. The mystery is of fifteen missing children and adults from the small Montana town of Wolf Point. They vanished from streets and parks on the way home from school or play, leaving grieving and bewildered parents. All affected were never to be the same. One who suffered was Erin Reece, whose mother vanished one day while driving home after drop John Burley’s “ Surrender the Dead” certainly fits into the mystery thriller genre. The thriller part- the ending is definitely edge-of- your - seat stuff. The mystery is of fifteen missing children and adults from the small Montana town of Wolf Point. They vanished from streets and parks on the way home from school or play, leaving grieving and bewildered parents. All affected were never to be the same. One who suffered was Erin Reece, whose mother vanished one day while driving home after dropping 13 year-old Erin and a friend at the movies. When Erin graduated from High School, she went to college to become a vet. She stayed in Colorado and did not return home to Wolf Point for the next fifteen years. Only after receiving a phone call telling her that her father was very sick did she return home. She finds the town and its people locked in the past; suspicion, fear and pain are palpable.There is a pervasive feeling of sadness both in a town that seems to given up and in those who long for some kind of closure- a hidden gravesite discovered, or a miracle of an abducted child, now adult getting free and returning home. In a sense, Erin is resented for leaving Wolf Point and for coming home again.It gets worse when a worker at her father’s farm who is digging a trench finds human bones. Everything that had been seething under the surface boils up .Is Erin’s father a serial killer? The intriguing thing about “ Surrender the Dead” is that Erin’s story and that of Wolf Point is told in chapters set in the past and in the current time, so the reader sees the story as the killings happen. We get tantalizing glimpses of the killer, only to realize that it might be anyone. The mystery swirls dangerously around Erin. Mr Burley builds his story slowly, allowing the reader to accumulate bits of information, filling in the blanks just enough to keep the identity of the culprit in doubt. It might actually be her father, but the real mystery is the motive behind the killings. The mystery is complex, and at times I wanted the unfolding of the story to be less attenuated. The climatic chapters of the book definitely fit into the thriller category with Erin’s life very much in doubt. What I liked most about the book was that the author was telling more that a mystery. “Surrender the Dead” is about years lost in sadness and hate, of families ripped apart and of trust eroded . Wolf Point, and the people in it , lost its heart when it lost its families. It ends with the sense that even with the mystery solved, the town will never be Healed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    SS

    I thought this was an amazing and powerful thriller. It starts with an intriguing and spot-on description of school aged children and how they think and act. We get to then watch how one thing can impact an ever widening circle of people. Erin Reese, now a veterinarian, grew up in a small town, Wolf Point, on a farm. Her father was sent to prison for an accident that took a child’s life. Her mother disappeared one day when Erin was young, as did many others. When she reached college age, she coul I thought this was an amazing and powerful thriller. It starts with an intriguing and spot-on description of school aged children and how they think and act. We get to then watch how one thing can impact an ever widening circle of people. Erin Reese, now a veterinarian, grew up in a small town, Wolf Point, on a farm. Her father was sent to prison for an accident that took a child’s life. Her mother disappeared one day when Erin was young, as did many others. When she reached college age, she couldn’t wait to leave town, get away from the horrors she left there, and never return. But then she gets a call that her father is seriously ill and in the hospital. She returns to spend time with him and help him recover. While there, she attempts to reconnect with her best friend from childhood, Robbie Tabaha. The things that happened in his youth also haunt him. While back at home, Erin will find herself facing more terror, and that will bring her and Robbie back together There was one small thing that bothered me. Erin faces some difficulties that cause her to suffer several serious physical injuries. Unfortunately, after first making much of these injuries, all but one or two are quickly forgotten. Given that the author is an MD, I’d think that he should know better than to dismiss these injuries so quickly. I did read an advanced reader copy of this book, so it is possible that this problem was addressed and fixed before publication. In any case, it was not overly important to the story. This is a powerful and interesting mystery/thriller. The writing is excellent, the characters well and completely drawn, and the plot will keep you turning pages. It will also keep you guessing to the very end. I enjoyed this book. It was the second book by John Burley that I’ve read by this author, but I hope to read more by him in the future. I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced reader copy of the book from the publisher through Netgalley. I thank them for their generosity, but it had not effect on this review. All opinions in this review reflect my true and honest reactions to reading this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh 2babesandabookshelf

    📚 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 / 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪 📚⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Title: #SurrenderTheDead Author: @thejohnburley Publisher: @williammorrowbooks Pub Date: 1/12/21⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Type: #eBook (thanks @netgalley) Genre: #Mystery⁣⁣⁣ #Thriller Must Read Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⁣⭐⁣⭐ My thoughts: I have so much to unpack about this book. First off, I almost missed out on reading this and that thought DEVESTATES me, considering this is one of the most fantastic mystery/thriller novels I have read in a long time. I never heard of this author until I saw something posted in 📚 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊 / 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪 📚⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Title: #SurrenderTheDead Author: @thejohnburley Publisher: @williammorrowbooks Pub Date: 1/12/21⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Type: #eBook (thanks @netgalley) Genre: #Mystery⁣⁣⁣ #Thriller Must Read Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⁣⭐⁣⭐ My thoughts: I have so much to unpack about this book. First off, I almost missed out on reading this and that thought DEVESTATES me, considering this is one of the most fantastic mystery/thriller novels I have read in a long time. I never heard of this author until I saw something posted in the "Scene Of The Crime" Facebook group that is run by William Morrow. I jumped on the chance to download the book on Netgalley after seeing so many rave reviews, and this one lived up to all the hype and more. For me, a book that is super creepy, gory AND gruesome is the perfect trifecta. While I've seen many reviews that this is a slow burn thriller, I disagree. I think Burley did a fantastic job of setting the scene and for someone who really likes fast paced thrillers, the build-up was actually preferred in this case. There was a lot of back and forth detail between each chapter and I really appreciated how seamless the transitions from past to present were in this novel. Let's not forget about the setting of this book ... if you're a fan of chilling and unsettling small towns, you'll definitely want to read this one. For 3 years, 16 people went missing without a trace. If that doesn't make you never want to leave your house, I don't know what will! You could literally feel Wolfe Point's ghosts swirling around you as the chapters unfolded. And I saved the best for last ... THE ENDING. Oh my word, guys. I was physically sweating. My heart was pounding through my chest and I honestly felt like I was going to pass out. For about 20 pages, it was a complete rollercoaster ride and packed a PUNCH. I'll be thinking of this book for a very long time. And my friend Mellie said it best - this is one that will have you sleeping with the lights on!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charmlessman77 Newall

    They say you can never go home again, and sometimes maybe you just shouldn't... Erin Reece heads back to her small Montana hometown after being away for 15 years. There are obviously reasons one would stay away for this long, and soon after coming back everything she thought she had left behind begins to resurface. This book had me hooked from the start. It was suspenseful but also had so much emotion and nostalgia tied up in it. We change perspective frequently, back and forth between what the t They say you can never go home again, and sometimes maybe you just shouldn't... Erin Reece heads back to her small Montana hometown after being away for 15 years. There are obviously reasons one would stay away for this long, and soon after coming back everything she thought she had left behind begins to resurface. This book had me hooked from the start. It was suspenseful but also had so much emotion and nostalgia tied up in it. We change perspective frequently, back and forth between what the town faced back in the mid 90's through to what Erin and the town is facing in the present day. The childhood struggles reminded me of what it was like for me growing up in the 90's in a small town. The bullies, the worries, the friendships, the chores, and just getting out and riding your bike. But with the added tension that people are going missing and no one knows who is doing it, or why, or even if it is anyone at all. There are parts of the book that really hit me on an emotional level to the point that I would have to put the book down to try and process the feelings, but certainly not for too long as I really needed to know what happens next. The perspective changes were used to great effect, because anything that was happening in one period was as compelling as the other, so you definitely wanted to get back to the present because you couldn't be left in suspense for too long, but you wanted to go back to the 90's to see why Erin and the town ended up the way they did. Pure nostalgia, total suspense, a book I hated to put down. This the first book I have read by John Burley but I have to now devour his back catalogue as soon as possible. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to the author, HarperCollins, Scene of the Crime and NetGalley for the ARC to read, review and enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. Surrender the Dead by John Burley is a thrilling mystery that is quite suspenseful. After a fifteen year absence, veterinarian Erin Reece returns to her small home town of Wolf Point, Montana. Her father is extremely ill and in between hospital visits, she revisits friends and places from her childhood.  Erin is shocked at the changes in town and its residents.  When her father falls under the townspeople's suspicions for the long ago disappearances of several people, will Erin and Lt. 4.5 stars. Surrender the Dead by John Burley is a thrilling mystery that is quite suspenseful. After a fifteen year absence, veterinarian Erin Reece returns to her small home town of Wolf Point, Montana. Her father is extremely ill and in between hospital visits, she revisits friends and places from her childhood.  Erin is shocked at the changes in town and its residents.  When her father falls under the townspeople's suspicions for the long ago disappearances of several people, will Erin and Lt. Jeff Stutzman catch the killer? Until the mid nineties, the children of Wolf Point played without supervision or worries about their personal safety. When Erin's friend, eleven year old Angela Finley vanishes, the town searches for her without any luck. Everyone assumes they will uncover the truth about what happened once the snow melts. Because, of course, her disappearance cannot have anything to do with the adults who have gone missing from their town. Over the course of three years, several other people from town also vanish without a trace.  When Erin and her best friend Robbie Tabaha chafe at the restrictions, her mother Helen relents and drives them to the movies.  But after dropping off Erin and Robbie, Helen is never seen again. After months of searching, Erin's father finally accepts he might never found out the truth. But Erin becomes certain she knows the identity of the person who took her mother.  But will the local police take her seriously? Surrender the Dead is a riveting mystery with an atmospheric setting and intriguing storyline.  The characters are well-developed with all too human foibles. The town of Wolf Point is well-developed and springs vividly to life.  With flashbacks  that take place during the 1990s, John Burley ratchets up the tension until the novel's action-packed conclusion. An outstanding mystery that I found impossible to put down and highly recommend to fans of the genre.

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