It has been almost a decade since Duluth said good-bye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the 10th anniversary of the year in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror and during which the pillar of its community, DS Jonathan Stride, had his home and heart torn to ribbons by the claws of cancer.
Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack for landing on her feet, has bid farewell to a life on the streets. This once-stray teenager owes her rescue to Detective Stride, the father figure she holds close to her heart. But Cat holds something else to her chest: a secret, the sheer power of which she could not possibly comprehend. A secret that, once out of the bag, will viciously scratch at Duluth's still-healing wounds. It will make Stride wave good-bye to his convictions and say hello to his darkest fears.
©2016 Brian Freeman (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Joe Barrett gave an Excellent performance! He is a wonderful narrator and I wish he would do more mystery/thriller books. I would purchase them for him alone!
I didn't want this book to end. Brian Freeman is such a talented author, and this was such a good book. There are four major plots going on and a few minor conflicts in the background that all appear to be independent story lines. They aren't independent and all culminate in the final chapter giving this Stride book an explosive ending.
The book begins 9 years in the past when Stride's wife Cindy is still alive and jumps forward to his relationship with Serena Dial. In the center of it all is house guest pregnant teen Cat Mateo. This story has it all. Betrayal, murder, adultery, lost love, human trafficking and catfishing - who could ask for more? If you're familiar with the previous books you'll know there has been a major rift between Serena and Maggie. In this book there is the start to a reconciliation. Jonathan Stride also finally gets the stirrings to move on and realizes that his deceased wife would not want him pining away for her all these years later. Lots of revelations that I won't name. Like I said REALLY GOOD BOOK.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Goodbye to the Dead has everything. It is a murder mystery, there is intrigue, the suspense is great, there is lots of action, and finally there are great personal stories. The author makes the effort to fully develop the characters. This is a must read page turner. Joe Barrett does an excellent job of narration although I am not a fan of the slight nasal sound of his voice.
I have spent a lot of time finding Audible listeners to follow for recommendations. My favorite genres are espionage and police mystery/thrillers. I now get many of my recommendations by reading Shelley reviews. This is the 10th book I have listened to based solely on her reviews. All have been wonderful! Thanks, Shelley! If your tastes are in the espionage and police mystery/thriller area, you may want to follow her and read her reviews; and give her credit by checking the "YES" box when her reviews are helpful (Just to clarify, I am NOT acquainted with Shelley. My comments are based solely on reading her reviews.)
Following me is likely a bad idea unless you turn off the automatic emails in Account Details because I average more than a review a day. Also, i listen to lots of novels of other genres as well as non-fiction.
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I couldn't stop listening to this book! I love so much about Brian Freeman's writing, especially his ability to make you "feel" the surroundings as you're listening. He has a great talent for describing key minor details that make the scene feel real. And that's just the icing on top of a fantastic story with a ton of twists and turns that literally kept me guessing to the end. Just when I thought I figured out "whodunit," I found out shortly that I was wrong and pleasantly so. In addition, Joe Barrett is THE voice of the Stride novels now and I think his style matches the material perfectly. If you're looking for a great mystery story and a wonderful feel for the surroundings of Duluth, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
I love Brian Freeman's novels. They're a guilty pleasure. Very entertaining and fun to listen too. Not great literature, but he's a wonderful storyteller. I like the narrator too.
There's a good mystery in there but unfortunately it is smothered in soap opera stuff.
Awesome addition to the Jonathan Stride series! A large portion of the book focuses on the years just before Stride's wife Cindy passes away, and it was nice to get to know her character rather than just hearing about her from Stride's point of view. Stride is still struggling to come to terms with her death and truly move on, and he is more emotional and vulnerable than usual, which is nice. Joe Barrett is just phenomenal. The best person to narrate this series, hands down!
As a native Minnesotan I cringe at most attempts to do the accent. The usual mistake is overdoing it. I thought Joe Barrett must have been one of us-so subtle and understated were his Minnesota voices. Then, in search of more Joe Barrett, I discovered all the east coast, Italian,New York and mob voices in the Don Winslow books. I have deeply enjoyed them all. Joe Barrett, you can read to me all day!
This is a good readable mystery - plots and more plots. I tired of the constant exploitation of all the characters' personal stories, I fast forwarded through the trial but stuck it out to the end. It is interesting.
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