Surrender the Dead

Release date: January 12th, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Synopsis:

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…

My review:

Surrender the Dead was a terrifying tale of a small town haunted by its very citizens disappearing without a trace. Since the cases remained unsolved, the people of Wolf Point, Montana were never able to find closure with the town’s painful past. Then a body is uncovered. The raw wounds of the past ripped open once more.

I grew up in a small town, it was exceedingly easy to imagine the damage and the weight of the disappearances held over the people of Wolf Point. Surrender the Dead was dead on with the single-minded want of retribution, however biased it may be, what it might cost to achieve it, and how damaging assumptions can be.

Erin was such a strong and resilient character. I loved that Erin was a veterinarian – that she graduated from Colorado State and built her practice in Fort Collins (which is near me). She constructed a life for herself in an attempt to leave Wolf Point and the painful disappearances – including her mother. Her relationship with her father is one that shared similarities with my own – even pulling calves. Robbie and Matta were also outstanding characters. I loved the journey through Robbie and Erin’s childhood and then her heartwarming relationship with Robbie’s father when she returns to Wolf Point.

A body may have unearthed, yet the bigger question remains – is Wolf Point and its townspeople prepared for the repercussions of it? Not everyone will escape the ghosts of the past unscathed and in a small town – people know more than you think they do. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers, small towns, rural settings, mysteries, and suspense. A huge thank you to William Morrow, John Burley, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this fantastic thriller – all opinions are my own.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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