- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride) Kindle Edition
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I have never read any books by this author before, but most certainly will now.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not normally fan of shorts, I prefer a full length novel Over a short story any day but I enjoyed this. Bit of a creepy one!Published 6 months ago by LSFR