Immoral is an outstanding mystery filled with rich character development and relationship dynamics. The plot never lets the reader down & one's inter..Show More »est is held through the last page. Brian Freeman is an excellent author & I eagerly await his next novel.
You could call it a twist, but really the author does a brilliant job of weaving storylines. Its clever, witty, tragic and riveting. And just as impor..Show More »tant, Freeman takes the time to unravel and then tie together all the loose ends.
Joe Barrett is perfect for all of Freeman's work.
Great characters, wit, masterful mystery writing and narration make this a 5 Star experience.
Laura Starr is brutally murdered. 30 years later Tish Verdure, Laura's closest friend, returns to Duluth to write a novel, "Who Killed Laura Sta..Show More »rr?" This story within a story is told from the point of view of Laura's sister, Cindy. The books go back and forth until eventually "Who Killed Laura Starr?" is abandoned. It is difficult to determine if this is with intent or not. The central character in both books is Jonathan Stride, husband to Cindy. Jon was there at the murder and typical of a small town is enlisted by Ray Wallace, the sheriff, to help with the murder investigation. This puts Jon on his career path and he eventually becomes a detective in Duluth. When Tish returns, she speaks to Jon first and Jon unofficially reopens the case on the strength of evidence that Tish withheld. This is the first of multiple secrets that abide within the adults who were teenagers at the time of the murder. They are revealed slowly and substantially impact a family who never even heard of Laura. The drama of Clark and his daughter, Mary, who is developmentally disabled, draws the listener further into the web. Clark is key to solving the mystery. The ending is somewhat unexpected and quite sad. Freeman does not allow everyone to live happily ever after; although some characters do. There is a scene at the end which requires the listener to suspend belief because it's a little beyond the pale, but forgivable. Don't buy this book if you are looking for tons of action. You will be disappointed. The book is a cold case and the investigation is slow. Most of the action is at the end. Character development, intricate relationships, and inequities within the criminal justice system are the primary pieces of this book. The mystery does get solved, but in its own time.
I have read all of Brian Freeman's book and was glad to get his newest one on Audible. The story is very good with all the twists and turns his previ..Show More »ous books are known for.
if you want a good book get this one
I'm working my way through the series. this is probably the worst of the lot. skip this one. hopefully the next book is better. waiting for my monthly..Show More » credit to show up so I can try the next book.
I have to tell you - I am through the first part of "The Cold Nowhere" and this book is not a prequel. It stands on it's own and I liked it a lot. It ..Show More »was a fast past non abridged short story & I'm starting to wish The Cold Nowhere was a lot shorter. Back to this book though. The ending was great! This was a very good psycological thriller. Brian Freeman is one of the few writers with repeating characters that I follow. The Cold Nowhere review to follow.