Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of deja vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota, gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldn't be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet 16. And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child. The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers. Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire. Secrets that are chillingly immoral.
©2005 Brian Freeman; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Who is Brian Freeman? This guy can tell a story. Immoral is a page-turner of the highest caliber. It has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end." (Michael Connelly)
Immoral is an outstanding mystery filled with rich character development and relationship dynamics. The plot never lets the reader down & one's interest is held through the last page. Brian Freeman is an excellent author & I eagerly await his next novel.
Immoral is a superb mystery that readers will certainly enjoy. Its elements of a fast pace, myriad twists and unforeseen turns, great character development, and suspense make it hard to stop listening. This book had me gripped to the point that I lost sleep because I had to get to the end. This is a story you will want to tell your friends about. Brian Freeman is an excellent author and I look forward to his next book.
I can see why the reviewers were impressed with this debut novel. The characters are quite good. The depiction of the small town seems very real. And the plot is full of intricate twists and surprises that somehow make sense. The ending, I thought, was the best part. I am usually able to figure out the mystery ahead of time. In this case, I "saw it" almost at the same time as our protagonist, detective Stride. I disagree with the reviewer who said we did not have the evidence -- we did! Mr. Freeman was simply great at disguising it so you didn't even look in those particular corners.
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I'm really glad Brian Freeman's first read made a good impression on me, as now I'm sure I'll read them all. He's a good writer, never repetitive and writes good dialogue. He draws his characters well; some you'll like and others you won't. Perhaps in this book most of them I didn't. There was a good deal of suspense right from the very first page of the prologue where I was hooked immediately. The story then developed in an interesting way and then the twists and turns started in the second half and I was left upside down not knowing what would come next. I cannot help thinking, though, it would have even been better with a really good narrator. Having said than, Joe Barrett is OK, but, in my opinion only rates 3 stars. Apart from that, this is a very well woven book full of surprises right to the end; A thoroughly enjoying listening read and highly recommended.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
I read some of the earlier reviews and shyed away from this one until I ran out of Brian freeman books - So I went backwards to this one and was very glad I did. It was a little graphic & disturbing at times - But I am an adult, so I enjoyed it for what it was. If I wanted G rated - I'd grab one of my kid's books. I love barrett as a narrator and Freeman is always so close to perfect with his books. There is always one or two parts that I shake my head at - But overall - He's pretty darn good. I actually think this book might be one of his best.
An excellent whodunnit. the other reviews do a good job with the details. I just had to add my two cents praising this well written mystery. It's a keeper and I will definitely look forward to more from Mr.Freeman.
This is the first book in the Minnesota Detective Jonathan Stride series. Rachael, a teenage age girl, has gone missing, and all the circumstantial evidence seems to point to murder. Though another teen girl went missing a year earlier, Stride and his partner, Maggie Bei, don't see any connection between the two girls disappearances. Unfortunately, Rachael seems to be a sexual tease, with no compassion for anyone. There is no body, but Stride and Maggie have found enough evidence of a murder to go to trial. Once in court, things begin to fall apart. More information about Rachael's background adds suggestions of greater intrigue to come.
I really enjoyed the developing turns and twists with this book, though the unnecessary overly explicit sex scenes were overdone for me, and really detracted from the building suspense. I'll definitely be giving this series another try, hoping it will be kept within the mystery genre, without spilling over into too much into erotica.
Perhaps the start of something great, like the first Michael Connelly books. The pace was slower, Minnesota vs. LA, but the twists and turns are sharper and the storyline doen't come together until the last minute or two of the read.
The reader was excellent, with authentic voices that were reminiscient of the movie Fargo. Overall, A fun book that kept me listening long after the walk or drive the book was supposed to accompany.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Immoral is the first novel in Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride detective series. I've listened to two later books in the series and two Freeman novels not in the Stride series. Immoral is far more intense than other Freeman novels; indeed it a freakishly intense novel. When one completes this novel he/she knows who Jonathan Stride is in detail. Even in the case of murders in this novel the perpetrators are as much victims as those they killed. Ultimately I suppose the story is about the negative power of sex when used for the purpose of control.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Sometimes when I start a book, circumstances cause me to lose track and become disinterested in the book. So I return it, only to forget about it months or years later and repurchase the book. In the case of Freeman's first Jonathan Stride novel, Immoral, I am so thankful I gave it another chance.
There are two wonderful characters that are both vulnerable and driven ace detectives. And they both happen to have two equally charasmatic, sharpwitted, funny and insightful partners to keep them humble. The result is characters you will invest emotionally in.
You should read the synopsis, but let me assure you this is a first rate mystery.
Joe Barrett is the perfect choice to bring out the wit and irony in Freeman's work.
"A Promising Debut"
An enjoyable debut novel with enough twists to keep the pace going nicely. Can't say too much without giving away the plot, but I'm not sure it's completely credible at the end. However, it zips along and, as it says in the blurb, if you like Michael Conelly, you'll probably not be disappointed if you download this one.
"A simply wonderful listen"
This was a real 'find' in Audible and if Brian Freeman can keep up this standard of thriller, Michael Connelly certainly has a rival as my favourite. I should also like to say I enjoyed the reader whom I had not heard before; some can really spoil a very good story but this reader was spot on.
"Enjoyable crime novel!"
This book was my first Brain Freeman listen and I will be looking for more. The plot was interesting and some of the turns were quite unexpected. It moved along at a pace which kept me listening and engaged with the characters. The narration was unobtrusive and suitable for this book. Highly recommend to anyone who likes a good crime novel.
"What a good book"
If you like thrillers, with twists then this one is for you. Well read it keeps you interested throughout, and just when you think you've worked it out, the plot corkscrews off taking you to a whole new place. Then eventually just when you think that the author has forgotten a loose end everything is answered. There is a major location shift in the middle of the story which totally threw me as initially I thought that the download had gone wrong, but in the words of Oasis you need to "roll with it". Very well read with good characterisation, thoroughly recommended - I am saving the second book in the series for my upcoming holiday in Greece - can't wait.
"Five star, very well woven plot"
Very enjoyable listen. Suspicion becoming fluid and elusive. keeping you guessing right till the finish.
"I didn't guess this one!"
Joe Barrett narrated brilliantly. A bit long. I liked Stride, the main character and wonder how he'll develop in future stories
"sex scene on the porch"
This book started well but in chapter ten there is the most clumsily written sex scene I have ever read! at one point , I actually said "Yuk" What was this writer thinking? Surely he could see it just wasn't erotic?
"A good plot"
Yes. My first crime read and I loved it. Twists and turns. Couldn't stop listening to it.. Would prefer English story teller.
"A light read"
I gave it full marks for being a light and entertaining read!And sometimes that's what hits the spot!
Just finished this audio - I realy didn't work out the end even though I was convinced I had and never saw it coming. Really kept me hooked, reeling me in the nearer you get to the end. You can identify with all the characters, At first I had trouble with the narrator and although the voices are different they seemed the same and a bit unreal - but soon that was overtaken with the plot and what has happened to Rachel???
All loose ends are tied up at the very end so you're not left wondering about the red herrings either - a nice touch.
Worth a shot - don't think you will be disappointed.
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