Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby’s disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover, Serena, a former Las Vegas detective, find themselves on opposite sides of the case, with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted.
Meanwhile, Stride’s partner, Maggie, and a headstrong young cop are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases—until a victim with ties to the doctor’s case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer.
Brian Freeman is an international best-selling author of psychological suspense novels, including Immoral and Stripped.
©2010 Brian Freeman (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Intriguing….An appropriately creepy atmosphere and well-rounded, flawed characters.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Crisp dialogue, steady suspense, and a cast of original characters drive this fifth entry in Macavity Award–winner Freeman’s excellent series.” (Booklist)
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for stride's next adventure. I liked all of the twists and turns. I am rooting for Stride and Serina to get back together in the next book.
I enjoyed the book, but thought the characters could have been more developed. It piqued my interest enough I looked forward to hearing the next chapter.
No, not really the genre for people I know with Audible
Did well with men and basic narration. All the women were whiny, and the accents horrible. I cringed whenever he did Migdalia's voice. Would have been way better to just read the words and not try to change the voices. The Minnesota accent was terrible. Just read it!!
I didn't realize that this is more of a Horror book than a Mystery. Horror tends to have looser rules for what constitutes suspense. For example, every time the rookie cop got in a scrape, she dropped her gun, her phone, her flashlight, her knife, and virtually everything else she touched.
Then there's the detective who dropped a drinking glass, fell on it, and got cuts all over his body. I don't think you'd get that many cuts if you fell in a cement mixer full of broken glass.
In summary, there's a lot going on in this book, but most of the tension turns on stupidity and clumsiness. It didn't work for me.
The beginning was just not believable, and then it moved to a garroting which was disgusting. A policewoman getting lost and forgetting her cellphone is not credible.
I would not recommend this to anyone.
Too much dialogue, not enough action. Narrator sounded like he had a horrible cold when portraying female characters. I gave it a good try but couldn't finish the book. Not money well spent.
I really enjoyed the book the only thing was, I had to write down the names of all the people, it was a little confusing, but after starting it over and over I finally got it, that was near the end. I loved the ending, won't let it escape, for those who haven't got it yet. it's well worth the price..I suggest you get it, you won't be disappointed. the narrator was also good.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
I really enjoyed this book of intrigue, serial killing & psychological suspense. I especially liked the fact that one of the lead characters could be depicted as good and then when the truth is flush out becomes a villian of major proportion. There are twists & turns galore & as a reader I was hooked into the drama. I liked the narration too. There was only one thing that bothered me about this story. Years ago a book was written & all the characters were there in full force. The reader was challenged to guess who the murderer was by following all the clues that were laid out. Today's books of course do not follow this simple principle of plot development but for me this book went a little too far in the opposite direction. I refer to the beginning when the author choose to omit a large portion of the true story plot. It certainly was effective, but also this made me as a reader feel like I was being misled & left out of knowing what was really going on for the majority of the book. I wish the author had another way to make this point or reveal the plot sooner. But other than that it was great.
Yes After I read some reviews I probably would.
Like most good audible books the narrator keeps important momentum moving along & the reader can take away from the book in a different way than just reading it.
i liked it when the characters learned from their mistakes or lifes expereinces & moved on.
Professional woman, reading constantly
I don't scare easily, I'm not a whimp, but within the first few half hour or so of the book, I was terrified and had to stop listening (in bed, at night, alone) and ended up picking up an action packed Clive Cussler book instead, and putting this one aside 'til daylight........lol. Seriously, don't start reading this at night if you are by yourself.
Remember telling ghost stories around the fire when you were a kid and then being to scared to go to sleep.......that's what this reminded me of.
Some very scarey mini plots going on throughout the book, with a few twists and interesting and creepy (I mean really creepy) characters and incidents.
If you like "weird, psychotic, dysfunctional and needy" characters........you'll love this one. Joe Barrett is a terrific reader too.
The parents of the kidnapped girl are both so vapid, vacant, and irritating, I kept hoping the kidnapper was a good person, intent on helping the poor child escape to a better life. The cops, though, are more interesting--and the reader is great.
The mother and father of the kidnapped victim were both truly icky, vacant folks. Just awful people. Mercenary, silly, weak mother. Yucky, disgusting Dad. Ugh!
Liked the scenes amongst the cops--especially Maggie.
More Maggie--less on the silly inner life of the ridiculous 'mother.'
Totally addicted to Audible.
This is the second book I have gotten by this author. While the story is less tight and more gruesome than Spilled Blood, the characters draw you in and the story tugs at your heartstrings. Well worth the time and credit.
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