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on 11 December 2013
A great read!
A town split by not only a river, but prejudice and hatred.
This novel covers all sectors and ages of society. It kept me guessing until the end, with lots of false ends.
A large science park, contamination, lawsuits, murder, bribes, pornography, blackmail, choices, hope and love.
I was the sure when I started reading the book whether it was going to be a teen murder mystery, but no, it was a thrilling read.
I also liked the fact that I had to read the book, rather than just skim it.
I was really sorry to finish the book and I enjoyed learning about all of the characters and it was very well written.
I am definitely going to download any other books by this author, another great book from Amazon, a. Author I had never heard of, but what a treat.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 June 2012
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.

Beyond my opinion of the characters, I found that, with the exception of the last thirty pages or so, Freeman never allowed me, as the reader, to feel that I was actively experiencing the action as it happened. Rather, too often was the case that Freeman's created a strong sense of anticipation for an apparent action only to bring about that action in too passive a way for me. As such, when the action did finally occur it was neither very exciting nor surprising.

Finally, I found that Freeman provided so many (what I feel had to be unintentional) "tips" about who the murderous psychpath known only as "Aquarius" is that I was able to correctly guess the identity of this character after only about one-third of the way into reading the book.

All in all, unless you want nothing more from a book than to completely escape from reality for a while, and don't particularly care much about whether its plot is credible and its characters are believable, I'd suggest you read something else.
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on 23 December 2013
Brilliant intricate plot with great characters. Young girl incorrectly accused of murder has her recently absent lawyer father deeply involved and determined on uncovering the truth. Action packed thriller, you just don't know what's coming next. Loved all the sub plots which wound their way through to the final climax. A brilliant well thought through book and great writing. Everything from murder, mystery, unexpected twists and turns, with love for an ex-wife and daughter shining through. Well done Brian. Loved it so much I've just downloaded another one!
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I have read most of Mr Freeman's books and loved them up until The Bone House, where I didn't get past the first few chapters and Spilled Blood which I finished in the hope that it would get going at some point. To be fair it has all the elements of a good book - murder, false accusations, main characters in danger and a twist at the end but none of it pulled me in. I couldn't identify with the characters as I felt none of them had any depth and ended up not caring what happened to them. Sorry, but this one is not for me.
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on 7 November 2013
I so loved this book and was so sad when it came to an end... I wanted to keep reading... This is one book you will no get right if you try and guess who the killer actually is.... I was gob smacked as i had my own suspicions, and was completely wrong!!... It is the first book of Brian Freeman i have read, but it certainly will not be the last one and have downloaded one more of his to start on tomorrow..

Do yourself a favour and download this book. You will not be disappointed or be able to put it down.. Gx
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on 29 March 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish . Lovely story about a broken marriage and family.
Through some terrible time's his daughter of only 16 years stands accused of murder, his ex wife has cancer. Feuds between 2 towns then more murders full of mystery and suspense. Twists and turns and terrible violence. Intertwined with love
and realization of what matters in life.Well written
would thoroughly recommend this book.
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on 26 December 2013
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book as most of the 99p kindle specials are just not special. I was a little disappointed with the start as I thought this story was to be some kind of 'teenage' novel (no offence to teenagers) but quickly discovered it to be a story with a myriad of very believable characters...and no, I did not guess who the culprit was and I am an avid who-dun-it reader. An excellent buy.
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on 9 December 2013
This is my first Brian Freeman book and it won't be my last. The book has a good plausible story with lots of twists and turns. The main character isn't some super hero but an everyday guy trying to prove his daughter is innocent of murder. The climax is different with a good twist at the end. Throughout the story various suspects come and go leaving you spellbound until the end. Well worth a read.
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on 28 November 2013
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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on 6 March 2014
American crime writers seem to have a very distinct style. This is the first of his books I have read and it's a stereotypical American read.
This is not a criticism though. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
It had all the elements needed for a page turner and I didn't see the twists and turns coming.
Will definitely check out more of his books in the future.
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