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Spilled Blood by [Freeman, Brian]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews

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'a great read from a rising star in the crime genre' crimesquad. (Crimesquad)

'This is a good thriller which rattles along with numerous twists and plot turns - without resorting to artificial cliff-hangers - concentrating instead on putting credible characters under pressure so that the reader actually feels for them and cares whether they survive or triumph' shotsmag. (shotsmag)

'The really clever bit is the story - always shockingly terrifying, but just about plausible enough to guarantee feverish page-turning after lights-out' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)

'This gripping psychological thriller is a cut above the rest and will have you guessing until the very last twist' Candis magazine. (Candis magazine)

'This guy can tell a story' Michael Connelly. (Michael Connelly)

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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: 1438 KB
  • Print Length: 417 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
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I downloaded this as a free Kindle Book, although that offer seems to be over. This was book number 8 for this American crime novelist who I hadn't read before and it was very readable and well-plotted. A lawyer comes to his teenage daughter's rescue when she is charged with the murder of a fellow High-School student, the daughter of Florian Steele, CEO of a large environmental company. Locals claim this company is responsible for cases of cancer caused by pollution. This has led to a feud, particularly amongst teenagers in the two neighbouring towns and Olivia's actions are seen as part of that feud. She is arrested and father Chris has to find out what actually happened. There's a veil of secrecy against outsiders and the proximity to his separated-from wife leaves Chris confused. Along the way there's cover-ups, lone avengers, a pornography connection and an environmental incident that makes a surprising and gripping finish. Freeman manages this all well. I wasn't expecting much from an Amazon free crime novel, but this is an author I would be happy to read again so offering this free might pay dividends.
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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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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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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.

There is no doubt that he is an able wordsmith and can dream up a good plot, but for me that is where all praise ends. He writes without heart. humour, or warmth and his characters are therefore similarly devoid of personality. In fact they all come across as self-centred, loveless morons, that I couldn't care less about. The plot becomes so thinly spread that it loses impetus and invokes disappointment in it's creation.

His style of writing feels incomplete and reading it is like trying to run a marathon knee-deep in treacle.

Things liven up a bit in chapter 50 but manage to slide into a laborious winding up process in the last chapter.

Nah, not for me.
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