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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (829 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Freeman Narrator: Joe Barrett, Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jonathan Stride Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464212
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This is one case that has haunted Jonathan Stride for thirty years. When he was a teenager, Jonathan Stride fell in love with Cindy Starr, the girl who would become his wife. But that same year, Cindy’s sister, Laura, was brutally murdered on the Fourth of July. The police suspected a vagrant of committing the crime, but Stride and Cindy were both convinced that the killer was someone close to Laura. 

Now, years after Cindy’s death from cancer, the past is opened up again when Laura’s best friend, Tish, shows up to write a book about the unsolved murder. Her investigation suddenly leaves Stride questioning his relationship with Cindy—and his entire past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An evocative mystery, one shaded with melancholy and dusted with heartache, and one that reminds readers that life may be brutal and cold, but, in Minnesota at least, we shore ourselves against these truths and we endure.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “May be his most ambitious—and accomplished—work to date…Powered by darkly poetic atmospherics and deep character development…this harrowing and heartrending novel will leave readers guessing until the very last pages.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Freeman’s latest spine chiller boasts intense suspense, clever plot twists and characters capable of every sort of evil. The good ‘guys’ are gratifying to watch here, too, from shrewd and vulnerable Stride to his detective partner, Maggie Bei, who’s smart, sassy, and wry. Macavity Award winner and Edgar finalist Freeman has the goods—and he’s getting better with every book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Freeman builds a suspenseful tale of terror and secrets kept too long.”

    Library Journal

  • “A well-written, very interesting novel, blending past and present in a very believable, integrated manner. Jonathan is a very realistic character, and a very likable one.”

    Mystery News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 2/13/2014

    " Lots of twists and turns in this one - never quite sure who the killer is until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniella Clear | 2/2/2014

    " OMG this book was amazing I was not able to put it down at all until I had it finished I absolutely love jonny and serena :) There were so many twists and turns throughout it that I was captivated right till the end. For anybody who wants to read a good thriller I suggest this as it is just out of this world and you are kept guessing right till the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanillahugz | 1/23/2014

    " I love Brian Freeman!! Not only does he keep you hooked from the plot perspective but he has created characters that you CARE about. Nothing is simple or black and white. This is one of those books that will keep you up at night reading "one more chapter" ...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/22/2014

    " I started reading Brian Freeman's books a few years ago. I like the settings, usually on the Great Lakes, and like the character of Jonathan Stride. Somehow I messed up and skipped one. This is his 4th book in the series and I am now going back to the 3rd one. It was a very sad book but very good. I still like his first book best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 1/19/2014

    " The premise of this book was intriguing, but I just don't like the author's writing style. Too much unneeded detail, and not enough needed information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/15/2014

    " I have loved all of Brian Freeman's books that I have read so far, but this book is my favorite of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " I have really enjoyed the Brian Freeman mysteries and this one is no exception. The novel alternates between the murder of Stride's girlfriend's sister when they were in high school and a series of peeping tom incidents. When the murdered girl's best friend returns with plans of writing a book about the past, the memories and case are reignited. Meanwhile, there have been a number of peeping tom incidents and the suspect has a definite type of victim. The crimes bother Stride and then escalate when the man chooses the wrong girl. The multiple stories are good and suspenseful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 1/11/2014

    " Not really a good book. Didn't care for the writing style or wording. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed this book almost up to the end. Before I got to the end I worked out who done it and felt that it was a letdown. From that point I speed read just to get it over with. It is suspenseful and a good thriller but I just felt the resolution was too farfetched and not very satisfying. It won't stop me reading more of Brian Freeman's books though, so long as he doesn't rely on this type of ending too often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy | 1/7/2014

    " My least favourite of the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/4/2014

    " Kept me guessing - definitely NOT a formula book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/21/2013

    " it's so cool reading books set in duluth, no matter how crazy the plot may be. this one includes: untraditional love triangles, a guy hit by lightning, peepers, fond du lac and more. i have no idea where this mystery beach is where the crime is set though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harriet | 12/17/2013

    " This book has more twists and turns that a roller coaster. It is just ridiculous. To many plot twists, to many stories intwined. I would not recommend this book. He has written much better than this in other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 12/9/2013

    " this guy is good and his books are scary, he is also a local fav of mine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 11/24/2013

    " Jonathn Stride, Duluth Detective #4 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/9/2013

    " Almost 4 stars but I couldn't quite get there. I think it was because there just seemed to be an excessive amount of tragedy in everybody's lives - good guys and bad guys. Just not too credible. I'll probably try another tho since this one took place in my state of origin, MN and my home state ND. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 4/25/2013

    " Another suspense filled book! Although about 3/4 of the way through, I had figured out who the killer was, it was still a fantastic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 3/25/2013

    " Great book by a new up and coming author. Don't (as I did) start to read the last thirty pages at 3:30 AM as you can't put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 11/5/2012

    " Not a fan of this. Over the top and all over the place. Half-way through I put it down and didn't bother picking it up again for two weeks, and you know if I do that with a mystery it's a bad sign. Normally I compulsively read even the bad ones, but this I just didn't care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burt | 8/5/2012

    " This was an above average novel of a crime committed 35 years in the past. I can't remember what I said last week but in this book they not only remember times, dates and events but also conversations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 7/8/2012

    " Best one so far in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 7/5/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book from Brian Freeman...It's pretty neat reading a book and knowing exactly where everything is taking place. Keep up the good work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandie Fergus | 4/6/2012

    " This was ok. I really just wanted to finish to find out the details of what happened...not because I really just liked the story. Whoever compared his work to Harlan Coben was so wrong!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William Hochmuth | 1/27/2012

    " Very good follow-up to prior Freeman/Stride books. A traditional "which one of them" dunnit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 1/11/2012

    " Amazing, spellbinding, a real page turner with twists and turns you probably will never see coming but seem oh-so-logical by the end. Freeman is one the best thriller writers working today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/27/2011

    " My favorite by Brian Freeman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 5/25/2011

    " a solid thriller with some complexities of character and twists to keep the reader engrossed throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hermanek | 5/20/2011

    " Fun to read a story set in Duluth. While I figured out who the killer was about 100 pages from the end, it still kept me going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 2/24/2011

    " I have read all of the books in the series up to this one, I loved the first three, but this one just did not keep me hooked like the others. It took forever to finish this one, I hope the next one is better or I am done with the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sberkin | 2/1/2011

    " This book kept me reading late into the dark. I liked the decades old crime but guessed the ending half way through. Very good though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 12/30/2010

    " Another great book by Brian Freeman. This time I've learned to not assume the guilty party is who everything thinks is guilty. As usual you learn what really happened towards the end of the book as pieces of the puzzle start coming together.

    I'd highly recommend all of his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 10/20/2010

    " I really like this author. On the level of Lee Child. Stories are page-turners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Papalodge | 8/2/2010

    " See the review listed under 'Joe'.
    I didn't try to figure this one out, just went along for the ride.
    What a trip.
    Enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 7/26/2010

    " Held my attention, but not one of my favorites of Freeman's. First of all, I figured the killer out before I normally do. Secondly, didn't love the plot line. Still entertaining though!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/6/2010

    " Throughly enjoy all his mysteries. Immortal will always be one of my favorites! He always has a twist I did not expect, but always feel I should have seen coming. I love how he continues with the same three characters. Can't wait to see how their lives unfold in the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 4/28/2010

    " Not really a good book. Didn't care for the writing style or wording. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/7/2010

    " it's so cool reading books set in duluth, no matter how crazy the plot may be. this one includes: untraditional love triangles, a guy hit by lightning, peepers, fond du lac and more. i have no idea where this mystery beach is where the crime is set though. "

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About the Author
Author Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman is an internationally bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including Immoral, Stripped, Stalked, In the Dark, The Burying Place, The Bone House, and Spilled Blood, which won the 2013 ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. His books have been sold in forty-six countries and twenty languages and have appeared as main selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club.

About the Narrators

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.