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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 Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781470806064
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 1/17/2014

    " Great book. I really had no clue as to who had done it until it was revealed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/8/2014

    " The book was well-written with a great plot. You are kept guessing as to the identity of Aquarius and think he is the murderer but there is another twist to the story. I enjoyed this book as I have others written by Mr. Freeman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/15/2013

    " Great susprnseful thriller! Didn't want to put it down. Can't wait to read more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/6/2013

    " Another excellent thriller by Brian Freeman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerri | 11/29/2013

    " Such a great book. I'm so glad I got the privilege to read this before it came out in stores. A must-read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 7/12/2013

    " Love, love, love every Brian Freeman book I've ever read! Another fantastic read. Highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 6/18/2013

    " Great read, very descriptive, engrossing. Brian Freeman pulls you straight in and won't let go. Highly Recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Gruber | 4/14/2013

    " Very awesome! I loved the story line and the ending!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 3/11/2013

    " another most excellent 5 star read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffunee | 3/11/2013

    " It's not my favorite Brian Freeman book, but it's a good, solid, enjoyable story, full of action and misdirection to keep you second guessing yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buddy | 1/15/2013

    " A real page turner! I'll definitely be reading more from Freeman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scoobyyatto | 9/1/2012

    " This was the first book I read by this author and I enjoyed it. The ending was one of those, what else can go wrong, but overall, it held my interest. I wil be looking for other books by this author to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 8/9/2012

    " Definitely a very taut page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 7/4/2012

    " Erin Brocovich meets Defending Jacob "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Keiffer | 6/19/2012

    " amazing, page turner til the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 5/14/2012

    " The pace of this thriller was fantastic, lots to keep you guessing and wanting to read more. Look forward to reading more of Brian Freeman's books. "

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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 Narrator

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.