A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire.
Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.
Reluctantly, Olivia’s mother summons her estranged husband, Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as "Aquarius".
©2012 Brian Freeman (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Brian Freeman is, quite simply, a first-rate storyteller.” (Nelson DeMille, New York Times best-selling author)
“This guy can tell a story.” (Michael Connelly)
“Harrowing…. Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” (Publishers Weekly)
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
Story was great. Narrator kept confusing his vocal depictions of characters. In one instance he is speaking for Olivia, a young lady. The next he is speaking as a male with the same tone and vocal reflections. It threw me off many times. I would recommend the book but not the narrator.
I have been reading Audible books for over a dozen years and have only put down 1 book without finishing it. I tried Very Hard to make it through this one but couldn't do it. Maybe I'm getting old and am just discussed with adults abusing and killing children, This book has the basic adult mystery,, entwines with child rape and murder, father and daughter relationship mixed with both. The narrator was very irritating!. He drove me nuts. If I knew what I was going hear, I certainly would not have wasted a credit.
Yes. Very well written and exciting the entire way through. Great character building.
As the story moves along, more and more layers of secrets involving the residents of both towns are revealed. Excellent character building. A very good thriller which doesn't back down in intensity through the entire book. Wonderful twists and turns. Just as you try to figure out the mystery, you learn something new and I was caught by surprise at the ending. This is a very exciting book!
Yes, I wish I could have listened to this in one sitting, but I needed to break up the time.
This is a terrific book with a story so complex yet easily followed leaving me guessing until the very end - and then to have more than one killer. Three words: complex, understandable, strong finish.
The dad/attorney who was not so good
Spilling Blood is fine by me
I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!
I finished this book a couple of days ago and I had to go back to Audible refresh my memory. I finished "The Lions Game" by Nelson DeMille in 2000 and I can still remember what it was about.
For that reason, this book gets three stars. Nothing to get to excited about, but if you need a book to read it's an ok read. (Listen)
The narrator’s attempt to mimic a Fargo-like accent distracted from the story. I found myself trying to ‘hear” some other version of the voices. Surely people from rural Minnesota don’t really sound like that.
Good plot - kept me guessing to the end.
Can not believe that Brian Freeman wrote this. I have not one good thing to say about this. Besides having had it figured out in the first couple of hours, it is like watching a really bad Lifetime movie. Extremely disappointed after reading his other books.
His narration rachets up the intensity as the story emerges.
Must read ALL his other books...soon. Wonderful story teller. Excellent plot development. Tied all the threads together in the end without being predictable. I liked the emphasis on character and ethics in the face of a very difficult set of circumstances. Even the "bad guys" had moments of opportunity for insight and redemption and even the "good guys" had crucial temptations with which to wrangle. I LOVED THIS BOOK.
I would like to take the time and the money back, except that listening allows me to critique it. The story is well written to formula, but I would never want to listen to or read the unnecessary filthy language again. It could have been just as good without some of the language. It was really gross
The reveal of the sick character addicted to porn.
Anyone else. His use of the north country accents straight from the movie "Fargo" made me cringe. I was cringing a LOT..It was especially outrageous hearing these accents used for (sympathetic to the author) female characters. At least in "Fargo" it was extremely entertaining. If the setting in "Spilled Blood" had been much farther north in Minnesota, or close to Canada, this accent may have been more authentic, but it would still need to be softened. This was just misleading. I spend a lot of time in Ortonville, Mn at a cabin there, and I have never heard this accent from any person in that town. I hear it in Minneapolis rarely from people who are from much farther north. And it does not make the people sound stupid, as this narrator evidently was attempting to do.
Again, I think the narrator was making fun of the people in the book by exaggerating the accent used. If I thought I sounded like that, as a woman, I would never open my mouth. He could not have seriously thought people would enjoy listening to this accent. It was insulting to Minnesotans. Is that what the author intended?
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