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Discussion Questions

Where the Dead Sleep

1. Describe why Packard, as an outsider, is at a disadvantage during the investigation.

2. Bill and Sheri have a tumultuous and even unhealthy relationship. Would you characterize what they have as love?

3. Outline the reasons Packard is so reticent to run for sheriff. Why do you think the election went the way it did?

4. Discuss the three Gherlick sisters: Carrie, Sheri and Mary. What are their similarities and differences?

5. The Gherlick family is an integral part of Sandy Lake. Consider their legacy. How have they shaped the town?

6. Packard’s friends push him to run for sheriff, despite his hesitancy. Which of his qualities make him a good leader? Conversely, which might make leadership a challenge?

7. Consider Paul’s role in this story. Do you think his actions were justified?

8. How much blame should we place on Carrie for Bill’s death?

9. Packard ultimately learns more about the evidence around his brother’s disappearance. Why do you think the evidence was handled this way? Do you think it was worth it?

10. The damage Margaret inflicted on her daughters and, peripherally, on Paul is extensive and influences their adult lives beyond measure. In what ways have these characters continued the cycle of abuse or trauma? Do you think there is a way to end it?

Where the Dead Sleep
by Joshua Moehling

  • Publication Date: January 2, 2024
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • ISBN-10: 172829018X
  • ISBN-13: 9781728290188