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Spilled Blood

Spilled Blood [Kindle Edition]

Brian Freeman
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1139 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • 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 (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,064 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including the Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. His settings in the bleak, frozen landscape of Duluth, Minnesota, and his deeply complex characters, have drawn comparisons to Swedish noir. His latest novel is THE COLD NOWHERE.

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. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Unger. His novel STRIPPED was named one of the top 10 mysteries of the year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"Freeman just keeps outdoing himself with each book," said the starred review of his third novel STALKED in Library Journal. Publishers Weekly similarly gave a starred review to Freeman's fourth novel, IN THE DARK, calling it his best book yet, "harrowing and heartrending."

Upon the release of THE BURYING PLACE in the UK, London's Daily Mail called Freeman their discovery of the year in crime fiction and said of the book: "Fleshed-out characters, high tension and terrifying twists put Freeman up there with Harlan Coben in the psychological crime stratosphere."

Brian's sixth book THE BONE HOUSE was his first stand-alone novel, featuring all-new characters and another remote Midwest setting in Door County, Wisconsin. THE BONE HOUSE was a finalist for an Audie Award (Best Audiobook of the Year) in Thriller/Suspense and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

His seventh book was the award-winning SPILLED BLOOD, a stand-alone set amid the dirt roads and ghost towns of southwestern Minnesota. #1 bestselling author Lisa Gardner says: "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."

Freeman's newest book is THE COLD NOWHERE, which features the long-awaited return of his series hero, Jonathan Stride.

In addition to his suspense series, Freeman is also the co-author of THE AGENCY (2009) under the pen name "Ally O'Brien." THE AGENCY is Janet Evanovich meets The Devil Wears Prada, a light and sexy satire of the publishing industry that received favorable reviews in People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly, among others.

Freeman was born in Chicago and grew up in San Mateo, California, before moving to Minnesota. You can write to him at and find him on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the links at his web site (

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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
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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
By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars spilled blood
Fantastic read, a book I could not put down . My first read of this author and I defiantly will read more.
Published 1 day ago by Allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth every Penny
If you like whodunnits with continual twists, then you can do no wrong in checking out this little number. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Dean Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
very enjoyable, interesting plot which keeps you guessing right to the very end. I couldn't put it down. hope there's more from this author
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I have given this book 5 stars, because it kept me enthralled throughout. The characters came alive, and the storyline very active and involved
Published 29 days ago by Ann Gillian MacKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good!!
This is the third book in a row I've read by an author I'd never heard of and the third book which has been an excellent read!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by martin kempster
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner
Brian Freeman builds the plot nicely in this gripping murder thriller. The characters are well defined and the story line does not give away the identity of the killer/s easily. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soulmonger
4.0 out of 5 stars boo35
Got this book as a 'free' sample so presumed it might be rubbish! How wrong was I!! Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by boo35
2.0 out of 5 stars Tin Man!
Although this is only the second one I have read, I'm afraid that I just don't seem able to connect with Brian Freeman's books very much at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars Spilled blood
A firm doing research on GM organisms.When a child dies. The blame is put on the company and this causes hatred between two towns with youngsters forming gangs on both sides. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Salty Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
Great story, if you like this type of book it won't disappoint. Twists, turns and well written. Shall be reading more by this author. Believable characters and great storyline.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs A M King
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