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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755335295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755335299
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Edgar-finalist Freeman's fourth thriller to feature Duluth, Minn., police lieutenant Jonathan Stride (after Stalked) may be his most ambitious--and accomplished--work to date. As the title suggests, even those involved in the closest relationships can be kept in the dark about a loved one's past. When a woman shows up in town and informs Stride that she's writing a book about the 30-year-old mystery surrounding the murder of the older sister of the girl who grew up to become Stride's spouse, he's forced to re-examine the validity of his bond with not only his late wife, Cindy, who died of cancer five years earlier, but also that involving his current love interest, a former Vegas cop turned PI, Serena Dial. Powered by darkly poetic atmospherics and deep character development (especially Stride, whose understated intensity, dignity and resilience are emblematic of the Twin Ports area itself), this harrowing and heartrending novel will leave readers guessing until the very last pages.' (Publishers Weekly)

'His most ambitious - and accomplished - work to date' (Publishers Weekly)

'Powered by darkly poetic atmopherics and deep character development... this harrowing and heartrending novel will leave readers guessing until the very last pages' (Publishers Weekly)

'...gripping, with the right balance of all those things that make a successful thriller - strong characters, believable plot and plenty of tension' (Herald Sun, Australia)

'The writer finishes each chapter with a dramatic sentence that compels you to turn the next page to the final gripping conclusion' (Launceston Examiner, Australia)

'With not one but two breathtaking climaxes, Freeman delivers a tale of intrigue and anguish. Lyrical descriptions of Minnesota's wild weather add another element to a mesmerizing mix' (The Advertiser, South Australia)

'An author returns to her home town to write a book about a 30-year-old unsolved murder and stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. The result is gripping, with the right balance of all those things that make a successful thriller - strong characters, believable plot and plenty of tension' (Herald Sun, Australia)

'Clever and classy' (Gold Coast Bulletin, Australia)

'This is a real page turner, with believable characters and some nice twists and changes of pace' (Sun Herald, Australia)

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A powerful thriller from the author of IMMORAL - 'Breathtakingly real... page-turning psychological suspense' Jeffery Deaver

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By molko VINE VOICE on 29 May 2009
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This is the fourth book in the Jonathan Stride series from Brian Freeman, I wont go into lots of detail concerning the plot as it has already been covered by previous reviewers here on amazon.
As I have already said this is the 4th in the series and is just as good and fast paced as the previous 3; Immoral, Stripped, and Stalked. I really enjoyed the 3rd book; Stalked and found this to not be as good as that but certainly worth the read as part of a series. I think the real drive of Freeman's books are the characters as they are all so real and relateable and beautifully developed.
One note is that this is best read as a part of the series and not as a standalone. Definately recommended
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Yet another great Crime Thriller writer I have only come across in the past six months, and have now read all his books. His style of writing is what I have found in Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder, Val McDermid, to name but a few and his subject matter as gritty as theirs. So if you like these writers, you'll also love Brian Freeman. His lead character, Stride, has a back story which carries through the books and the storylines are gripping and will leave you wanting more. Can't wait for his next book.
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"The Watcher" is the 4th novel to feature Lt. Jonathan Stride. Stride is approached by Tish Verdure, claiming to be a friend of his wife who died 5 years earlier of cancer. Yet Stride can not remember Tish or his former wife, Cindy, ever mentioning her.

Tish Verdure is looking for new evidence to re-open a 30-year old unsolved murder investigation involving Laura Starr, the sister of Stride's former wife, Cindy. She is writing a book about Laura's murder. However she is economic with the truth herself.

As Tish probes for new evidence and Stride reluctantly carries out his own enquiries, it becomes clear there were several people at the scene and time of Laura's murder - creating a high suspect list. This allows for several twists and turns in the plot to mask the identity of the killer.

Alongside the old murder case is the need to quickly catch a peeping tom which eventually leads to the a young girl being hounded to her death.

Freeman gives us clues through 2 different view points. Maybe not subtle enough as this meant, as with "Stalked" I worked out the identity of the killer and peeping Tom quite early on.

There are hellish family secrets woven into the plot which people go to great pains to remain buried. There are several crime novels with the theme of the past coming back to haunt you. Freeman takes this with a fresh and modern style to his writing. He gives this novel a richness with some really poignant parts, in particular Stride coping with his emotions as memories of Cindy become hard to deal with and the near breakdown of the father not coping with his young daughter having been driven to her death.

The climax of the novel is a bit like an action-packed film but it does have the edge of will Stride make it or not.

Overall this is a gripping and absorbing thriller with a lasting impression of realistic characters.
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I've loved every one of Brian Freeman's books and this is no exception. The setting is nearly as fascinating as the plot. The author always acknowledges my emails - something that can't be said of some bestselling authors. It's great reading each book in succession and finding the next one is every bit as good as the last. FAB-U-LOUS!
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The setting is Duluth Minnesota.An old industrial town on the Great Lakes that has not adjusted to the end of its shipbuilding;mining etc past.An old murder case-never solved- comes back to life prompted by a reporter with a past, and a more than passing interest in what happened 30 yrs before.
Stride is drawn into it again, as it involves his high school sweetheart who became his wife,and who tragically died while still young.The author is at his best describing the long ago love affair between these 2 that led them to marriage.
A very good story(even though I guessed who the murderer was long before the end), because of the evocative descriptions of this strange town perched on the edge of the Great Lakes, and the hardy people who accept to live in these extreme weather conditions.
Well written,with some very tense moments-especially on that road bridge that allows the giant freighters to pass through the lakes.
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I picked up The watcher in a charity shop a couple of weeks ago for 25 pence!
I'd never heard of Brian Freeman prior to this, having been an avid reader of James Paterson, Andrew Gross, Robert Ludlum, Wilbur Smith, Michael Connelly etc. over the past 30+ years.
The Watcher is one of the best novels I've ever read. The characters, the plot, the ending, all first class and more than equal to Paterson's highest standard.
Today I found Immoral, Brian's first book in the series, and I can't wait!
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I love his fast-paced story-telling - there's always another twist coming, and just when you think you've sussed who did what, you are suddenly compelled to think again. The characters, even minor ones, are well-defined, and it's easy to care about them and be drawn in to the story. What is not so easy is putting the book down before you've finished. I have one more short story by Brian Freeman to read, and then I have read all his books. A new Jonathan Stride will be along in the Spring, apparently, and I for one can't wait!
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