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Spilled Blood [Kindle Edition]

Brian Freeman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's every parent's worst nightmare. Chris Hawk's daughter has been accused of murder... and she looks guilty as sin.

Chris rushes to the small town in Minnesota where his ex-wife and his only child, Olivia, now live, determined to defend his daughter. He discovers two towns at war: Barron, where a chemical works has brought jobs and fortune, and St Croix, Olivia's downriver home, where the same chemical works are believed to have brought death: a cancer cluster with mysterious origins.

Olivia is at the centre of this feud. So is the girl she's suspected of killing. If Chris is to find out what really happened, he needs to learn everything about his daughter… but he's beginning to realise he hardly knows her at all. Chris wants to believe Olivia is innocent, but belief is only the first step. Now he has to prove it. And all the while, the Barron boys are waiting, baying for her blood.


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'A compelling read' Evening Standard.

'Powerful fare' Good Book Guide.

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It's every parent's worst nightmare. Chris Hawk's daughter has been accused of murder... and she looks guilty as sin. Chris rushes to the small town in Minnesota where his ex-wife and his only child, Olivia, now live, determined to defend his daughter. He discovers two towns at war: Barron, where a chemical works has brought jobs and fortune, and St Croix, Olivia's downriver home, where the same chemical works are believed to have brought death: a cancer cluster with mysterious origins. Olivia is at the centre of this feud. So is the girl she's suspected of killing. If Chris is to find out what really happened, he needs to learn everything about his daughter, but he's beginning to realise he hardly knows her at all. Chris wants to believe Olivia is innocent, but belief is only the first step. Now he has to prove it. And all the while, the Barron boys are waiting, baying for her blood.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857383035
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857383205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857383204
  • ASIN: B0074VPFJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages. His latest novel is SEASON OF FEAR.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the prestigious award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included Stephen King and Jeffery Deaver.

His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Dagger, Edgar, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world.

You can write to Brian at brian@bfreemanbooks.com and find him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bfreemanfans) or Twitter (@bfreemanbooks). His web site is www.bfreemanbooks.com.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Brian Freeman book that I have read, and I must say it gripped me from page 1. I could not put it down, I kept thinking I knew who had done it, but I didn't and just kept guessing and then changing my mind, the plot was so good.

On a March night outside the river town of Barron, Minnesota, three teenage girls meet in terrifying circumstances. By morning one of the girls is dead, and one of the other two girls is in prison charged with her murder. Olivia Hawk claims she didn't pull the trigger on Ashlynn Steele, but no one believes her.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 29 Mar. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I still can not believe that Brian Freeman books are not highly advertised! This guy writes a great story!

This book starts with a punch and does'nt stop slinging more and more twists all the way along!

If you are looking for a great read, buy this book, read it then buy everything else Brian Freeman has written, you will not be disapointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author 13 Nov. 2013
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Brian Freeman is one of the best authors around today. Highly recommend all of his books.look forward to the next .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Dec. 2013
By Red
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Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. A real page turner. Well written and kept guessing the identity of Aquarius. Perhaps slightly far fetched towards the end but that's fiction huh!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Brian Freeman 17 Mar. 2012
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A dead teenager, two towns pitted against each other, a cancer cluster and a father determined to prove that his daughter didn't pull the trigger... Loved this book and also the fact that the characters are not picture perfect and this is not a fairy tale. Can't wait for the next book.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Worth Your Time! 29 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover
My brother is a big fan of Brian Freeman's books and, over time, has given me all of his books by this author, including Spilled Blood. So, rather than continue to stockpile these books, I thought I should actually start to read them. Spilled Blood is my first Freeman reading experience and, based on my overall dissatisfaction with this book, the next book I read by this author isn't going to happen any time soon.

I know my review will be "swimming against the tide" and will likely result in some negative votes, given the mainly 4 and 5 stars ratings it's received from other reviewers. But, hopefully, it will provide some people with a dissenting point of view that is helpful to them in deciding whether or not Spilled Blood is a book they will want to read.

I won't take your take time by providing a summary of the plot, as this is can be seen in the Amazon Book Description above. My opinion of the plot premise is a positive one. My displeasure stems from the author's execution of the plot and with his "dime-store" psychology behind the characters' motivations and actions.

I can't describe what I mean here without revealing some things that could be spoilers. I will say, however, that Freeman's apparent belief that his characters who either gamble excessively or crave child pornography or are forever heartbroken by the loss of a loved one suffer from addictions, and thus have to be understood for their motivations and actions, came across to me as naive, much too simplistic and a bit "soapbox-y." Further, while Freeman worked hard at trying to create complex characters, I found that, for the most part, the characters never seemed like "real" people, and as a result, I couldn't care much about what happened to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spilled Blood 29 Nov. 2013
By Mags
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I don't know why this book didn't grab me, I really liked the story's premise. I think it was a bit drawn out and lacked sufficient likable characters.

However, it wasn't totally unreadable. I did finish it and even found some good twists along the way.

3 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair read. 28 Nov. 2013
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Not a brilliant read-but not the worst by a long way.
Will kill the time on a beach or plane.
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