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Spitting Devil (Jonathan Stride) by [Freeman, Brian]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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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 156 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2012
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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 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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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 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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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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I love Brian Freemans Jonathan stride books,they are always full of twists and even though this is only a short story it is a really good book that keeps you guessing,is Michael the killer or is it Alison or someone else completely?,you will just have to read the book to find out.I honestly think that there should be a tv series based on these books,they are all so good.
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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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