Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer.
Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing.
But Stride's partner, Maggie Bei, is not convinced. She doubts the sincerity of this beautiful young streetwalker who has so easily won Stride's trust, and now sleeps in his house with a butcher's knife under her pillow.
As Stride continues to care for Cat, Maggie's suspicions solidify, and a single question occupies the void between them: Should Stride be afraid for, or of, this terribly damaged girl?
©2013 Brian Freeman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
Gillian Flynn, Val Mcdermid, Anne Emery, Nora Roberts, Tana French. These are a few of my favorite authors - male or female. I preface the statement with that because this had a degree of femininity that was uncomfortable to listen to. It was extremely emotional and I could barely get through the first part of the 2 halves. I stuck around to find out what stride was afraid to reveal to Serena - That was a big disappointment. Huge actually considering the build up. Also Kat's aunt was hiding a secret that was ho hum compared to the build up. This was a big attempt at multiple Red Herrings to throw things off. I was probably 2 hours off finishing and deleted the book from by library. Any other author wouldn't have made it that far. It should have been deleted through the first. This book was written to the point where the narrator had to do worse than normal with his dream yelling for Kat. It was very bizarre sounding. and not in a good way. I think this book should have been cut to five hours like "Turn to Stone" which I enjoyed thoroughly. Also - Should not be sold with the idea that this is a follow up as Turned to Stone. It's not.
I have many audio books by Brian Freeman - He has always received my praise - Until now.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
HUGE Jonathan Stride fan, but this one was not his best in this series. I'll still buy the next one though. some good parts, no question, but it just didn't hold me like the others have. Still worth a credit.
Intriguing, captivating, suspenseful
Brian Freeman's books always grab my attention and are the kinds of stories I find it difficult to walk away from. I have to admit that being a Minnesotan I like the fact that his stories take place in Minnesota locales that I am familiar with.
Joe Barrett is probably one of my favorite narrators. His voice is so easy to listen to, soothing rather than grating. He distinguishes between different characters without over doing it.
It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let it go.
Say something about yourself!
One of the few authors that continue to keep me guessing to the very end. Superb writing, excellent narration, time well spent.
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