Following a twisted trail, Stride uncovers a sordid web of violence and voyeurism that someone is willing to kill for in order to keep hidden. His lover, Serena Dial, a homicide cop turned private investigator, is chasing a blackmailer who knows all the city's dirty secrets, even Maggie's. But as Stride and Serena hunt for a killer, a predator is hunting them, with a terrifying plan for revenge.
©2008 Brian Freeman; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Chilling, atmospheric....A strong narrative crammed with twists and studded with sex and violence; a mysterious, even mystical, sense of place; and a well-crafted set of characters and relationships make this one of Freeman's stronger crime thrillers." (Publishers Weekly)
I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't read a good mystery/thriller in a long time and this book reminded me why I love them. I have never read this author before but will be looking for more books written by him.
The story was intriguing, suspenseful, twisted and kept me hooked until the very last chapter. Even though this is a long book (9+ hours) I never lost interest. I must say that the dubbing was inferior. I would rather not be able to hear the difference in tones on the track while trying to enjoy the story.
I would recommend this book to those seeking to be mystified and thrilled.
Although the basis of the story is workable and could have been interesting, this writer has produced characters that are just plain boring; his descriptions are meandering and meaningless.
To make matters worse, this narrator is the absolute worst I've ever heard. Honestly, some of his character voices made me either laugh or cringe in shock. I kid you not; the reading was absolutely horrible. I haven't yet checked to see if he's read other books, but if we're lucky, this was a one time thing.
I gave this book 2 stars, but only because the plot had possibilities. Not because it was successful.
I do not recommend this book. The female characters are so utterly stupid, it's demeaning. The story is about a murderer and rapist and is written from that point of view at times. I found it to be nauseating during certain scenes, although it could have been because I was hearing the words, rather than reading them.
The narrator...let's just say I wouldn't listen to him again. He had character voices for each person, accents and all, that were laugh out loud ridiculous.
Don't even ask me why I finished this book, but I did. I wish I had that time back.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
At some point a sub class of mystery thriller writers tumble into a lascivious delight in detailing torture. Freeman circled that pit in his previous novels, but his compelling justification... explanation... convictions (choose one) with respect to what was once social deviance was fascinating. Freeman is the ultimate situation ethicist. And the thought process is fascinating as a gory accident beside the highway.
This time his obsession with the minutia of female bondage, rape, and torture aren't balanced by clever plot twists. None of Freeman's women escape rape (which is the least they suffer). Few of his men escape extravagant pain (at best). All suffer diabolical psychic assault as well.
Freeman defines the liberty of writers in this genre as a license to reveal his personal sadistic streak... no not to merely reveal, but to flaunt it as a commercial device. He's a talented writer and Joe Barrett's performance has grown over this series such that his female interpretations now resonate with more personality. The story, denuded of the SM/DS is strongly plotted and twisty. Once again, there's a double novel here as what might have been an epilogue in fact is more than a parallel story line.
I listened to the third part of this novel while biking last Saturday morning... And felt embarrassed enough in public to fast forward through large hunks of Freeman's sadistic glee. I've showered away both the grit of that road trip and my interest in any more of this guy's dank fantasy life.
BTW... Do writers like this have wives, significant others, daughters? Do they dare show them the manuscripts in progress? Or have they found and/or nurtured masochists? Yeah evil exists. But, as I listened to Stalker, I kind of wondered what happened to shame.
I love Brian Freeman's writing and this book continues with his complex plot twists and interesting characters. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that this narrator has a hard time with female voices, especially Serena's character. Sorry, but for a woman noted for strength, her voice came across as just plain wimpy! I will grant him some credit for staying consistent with the voices, and Serena's was the only one that really bothered me. Know going in that her voice and some of the other female voices will bug you, and then settle in for a wild ride through a cold Minnesota town that's anything but tame.
I really cannot tell you how much I enjoyed reading Brian Freeman's first 2 novels, I was pretty much glued to the pages. That being said, I think it is the narrator that has ruined this novel more than anything else. He makes every woman sound like a moron and I would not listen to any audiobook that he narrates again. I'm very disappointed.
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