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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (522 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian Freeman Narrator: Joe Barret Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud—and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire

Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn’t be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead—and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime. Reluctantly, Olivia’s mother summons her estranged husband Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, to come defend his daughter. As Christopher struggles to unravel the mystery of Ashlynn’s murder and save his own daughter, he uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns. And looming over everything are the chilling, apocalyptic threats from a murderous psychopath known only as Aquarius.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This guy can tell a story.”

    Michael Connelly

  • Spilled Blood is everything a great suspense novel should be: gripping, shocking, and moving. Brian Freeman proves once again he’s a master of psychological suspense, as he layers one family’s crisis with an entire town’s drama, building to an epic crescendo of rage, revenge, and redemption.”

    Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brian Freeman is, quite simply, a first-rate storyteller.”

    Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brian Freeman is emerging as one of our best dramatic storytellers, combining the pace of a DeMille with the plot twists of Preston and Child. Spilled Blood is the latest of his thrillers, with a small-town murder that takes so many turns that, in then end, no one can say ‘I knew it!’”

    Larry Schweikart, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Harrowing…Freeman ratchets up the suspense steadily, and then provides a cataclysmic ending.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2013 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/19/2014

    " I did enjoy the plot of this and the author certainly has an eye for detail and intricate plots but unfortunately this also led to the main flaw for me - the book was just too long. Chris kept covering old ground and there was constant repetition of what had been learnt in the case so far and I had to skim several chunks of the book due to this. Also while the Aquarius storyline was central to the conclusion, it tailed off in the book so once it was mentioned at the beginning it stopped being a main plot point until much further on. However I would definitely read more of Brian Freeman's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robin | 2/2/2014

    " The book was nice light reading--but not my kind of book--but I enjoyed it. Entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jill | 1/30/2014

    " This book was a disappointment. It was supposed to a really big mystery but it really wasn't. This book did have some of have some touching momemts like how the father came back and defended his daughter from the horrible crime that she was supposedly did. Overall, it felt like this book was nothing new. It was more like a take on teenage revenge against one another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheila | 1/18/2014

    " There was something about this book that made me not quite like it as well as the previous publications. It is a good story, with well developed characters for the most part. It's perhaps just a mystery that is a moral with a great bit of tragedy involved. However I still liked it, and if you are a Brian Freeman fan, you should like it as well. "

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