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Book Club Kits: The Burying Place

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Book Summary

One cold night. Two shocking mysteries.

In the quiet town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. Was she abducted – or does her father have a terrible secret to hide?

That same night, a young policewoman gets lost in the fog and stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime. Now a sadistic killer wants her to play his deadly game.

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his team need to move fast to save a child and stop a killing spree. As fear grips the winter farm lands, Stride knows that every snow-covered field may be the next burying place.

Each twist in the investigation takes Stride into an elaborate web of deceit and desire. But his biggest obstacles may be the very people he’s trying to help. With everything at risk and time running out, Stride worries how far a desperate mother will go to rescue her baby – and how far a desperate cop will go to save herself.

Discussion Questions

  • Discuss Stride’s situation in this book. Did you sympathize with him? Were you angry with him?

  • Should Serena have forgiven Stride? Where does their relationship go from here? What should Serena do next?

  • What happens now between Stride and Maggie?

  • Was Marcus right about being treated unfairly even though he was “innocent”?

  • Discuss the final interaction in the book between Valerie and Kasey. Did Kasey deserve Valerie’s forgiveness?

  • Who was the most evil character in the book? Nieman? Kasey? Regan?

  • Did you re-read the prologue after discovering the secret of the book? How did it change for you?

  • There is less sexuality in this book than many of Brian’s other novels. Did you miss it?

  • Have you read Brian’s other books? Compare THE BURYING PLACE to the others he has written. Which is your favorite? Why?