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Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride) [Kindle Edition]

Brian Freeman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A third woman dead in two months.

And for the third time, Alison Malville isn't sure her husband was home all night.

When the killer sends the usual photo of his victim to the press, she sees an item of her clothing left with this body, too.

Could you believe your own husband was capable of murder? Would you turn him in?

This is exclusive to ebook, a gripping read from the acclaimed author of SPILLED BLOOD.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G8M8G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,612 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 and find him on Facebook ( or Twitter (@bfreemanbooks). His web site is

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD SHORT STORY 17 Mar. 2012
By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Detective Stride is working on a case, women are being killed and the murderer is sending photographs to the press. Meanwhile strange events are taking place in Alison Malville's life and she is beginning to think her husband may in fact be the serial killer.
I have never read any books by this author before, but most certainly will now.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good short novel 19 Mar. 2012
By KaS
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I thought this was a very good short novel, with plenty of suspense and a captivating plot. Alison and Michael's marriage is going through a rocky patch, and Michael's business is failing. Alison is losing trust in her husband and what she discovers leads her to believe her husband could be a serial killer. I liked the pace at which this reads - it's not rushed, unlike many books of this genre - and it's well-written. My heart was in my mouth at times and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I hadn't realised how short this novel was which was a disappointment in the end- in more ways than one.

The characters were mostly well written and the fact that both the husband and wife at the centre of the story believed that the other was committing a series of murders was nicely done. It had been written in such a way that either of them could credibly by the killer. But then! Did FREEMAN (capitals are his preference not mine) suddenly lose interest?

The book ends abruptly, if not prematurely and in a rushed clichéd and predictable manner.

What a frustration and I wished I hadn't spent the time getting drawn into the lives of these characters to be suckered in that way.

I see from other reviews that there is a series by this author featured the detective Stride. Well he hardly features in this one and certainly doesn't get to do any investigation.

If this book was a sampler then a sharper, better written ending would have been better and would certainly have made me look for other novels by this author. As it is I'm not sure.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great little novella 17 Mar. 2012
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I always enjoy Brian Freeman's Jonathan Stride novels and this story lives up to the standard I have come to expect. Even though it is quite short, the story of a woman who is coming to believe that her husband is a serial killer is none the less gripping. It also has succeeded in whetting my appetite for the author's newest full length work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I got quite involved in this short, very short, story, though it's fair to say I enjoyed the idea of the story more than the story itself.

Written from the perspective of a woman who believes her husband to be a serial killer. She carries us along on a growing wave of anxiety and suspense and it's easy to hook yourself in and begin to see things from her perspective. As she begins to piece things together, find and solve clues, there's a growing suspicion things aren't at all what they seem. Might there be something really devious going on here?.

There's enough 'nasty/creepy' to make the reader feel uncomfortable but nothing overly gory.

I'm giving 3* simply because it's too short. Themes and characters with this much depth need time to be developed and they're not which makes Spitting Devil feel a little glib, rushed. As for the ending; Brian Freeman seems in such a rush to get this one finished I almost missed it!.

More than good enough for a free download but not the best thing I've read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed to be a book 8 July 2012
By Karla
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I don't really read short stories but thought I would give this one a go. It had a good plot, I liked the writing but at the same time it proved short stories aren't for me. I prefer getting to know characters, the building of a story etc etc and this can't happen in 47 pages. However, I have looked for other books by the author based on the fact I liked his style and the plot, so its getting 4 stars as if short stories are for you I'd recommend this one
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed 15 Nov. 2012
By Kaela
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First off - this is not a novel, it is rather a novella or could even be called a short story. Since it was so short one might expect a better concentration on character development but in my opinion, there wasn't enough of this, except perhaps for 'Alison' the main character, most of the other characters were fairly flat.
Secondly, though there are some really good uses of descriptive text and the plot-line was fairly interesting, I feel that in generally this story is lacking. I initially thought due to its length and the fact that it was free at the time on Amazon, that this was fairly good first-attempt by the author, which will be improved with later writings, but I have now found out it is not the author's first story and as a result, I feel that this story should have been somewhat better constructed.

Warning may include SPOILERS - The motives of the killer seem confused and it is a bit hackneyed to only introduce this character at the very end, which hardly helps with trying to understand why the killer did what he did in such a short piece. Also, since the killer was supposed to be so ill, how did he without any mention of drugging the victims, manage to overpower and kill three healthy women? Also, in such a condition, I find it very hard to believe that he would go unnoticed for so long in the house - especially since he's supposed to be coughing and spluttering so much. The end fight scene also bothered me as I found it hard to imagine that you could have a strong hold of a woman whilst weilding a corkscrew in one hand and trying to use a handsaw with the other - surely that would be rather cumbersome?
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