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Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride) by [Freeman, Brian]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

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Length: 51 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 688 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G8M8G8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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as i am off work at the moment due to a bad back, the only way i can sit still is if im reading and what little gem this book is. read it in an hour and loved the story good twist!
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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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Out of the mouths of babes…at the age of ten, Evan Malville isn’t exactly a baby, but he blames a broken figurine on “the spitting devil.” The empty juice container in the fridge? That must’ve been the spitting devil too. His mother Alison thinks her son is lying, acting out because of the stress in the household. In Brian Freeman’s short story, Spitting Devil, Alison and her husband Michael are sleeping separately, their marriage strained.

Meanwhile, Detective Jonathan Stride and his partner Maggie Bie are working a string of murder cases. The press has dubbed killer “Dead Red.” He dresses his redheaded victims in designer clothing that seems to belong to someone else.

Alison thinks the clothing looks familiar, and she is afraid. Michael no longer seems like the man she married. But is he a killer?

I am a big fan of Brian Freeman. He uses some wonderful imagery. Dreaming of ants? Lots and lots of ants? Yikes! Freeman did a great job of building suspense in this one, but I was sorry that this was a short story and not a full novel. I love Stride, and there is not nearly enough Stride in this one. While it does bridge the gap between The Burying Place and
The Cold Nowhere, the Stride-Maggie relationship feels brushed aside rather than resolved. In real life, I guess that happens, but it felt lacking somehow. There’s not a lot of police action either. It’s pretty much Alison’s show. I give Freeman credit for that character. She’s a woman on the edge of breaking – or is she? Spitting Devil is a quick read, but give me a full-length Freeman novel any day.

3 stars
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Great story , written very well , enjoyed the book the whole way through , no boring bits , loved it , my only gripe was the book was too short , will Definately read more of this authors work , well done Mr Freeman 5 stars from me :)
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