Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Burying Place

The Burying Place

Brian Freeman

5 out of 5

I love the flawed characters that Brian Freeman has created in his Jonathan Stride series. Jonathan is damaged, deeply damaged, and he surrounds himself with other broken people and in a way they have created a family. A family that that may not always like each other, but a family that works together to get a job done. Unfortunately, that job always involves murder and the Duluth Minnesota Police Department always seems to be smack dab in the middle of something horrible.

Before I go any further, I have to say that the ending of this one threw me, I never saw it coming. Brian Freeman has a way of walking the reader down multiple paths that have a way of converging in a way that is very plausible, but still out of left field. Brian Freeman is a great story teller, with a great story to tell.

In book five, Jonathan Stride is recovering from a very bad fall that had almost claimed his life, but near death and the ensuing panic attacks are not going to stop him form investigating the apparent kidnapping of eleven month old Callie Glenn.

The Glenn's don't have a very happy marriage, Valerie is fighting her own demons and her husband, a rather cold unemotional surgeon, are on differing sides as to what really happened to their daughter. Callie is a child that Dr. Marcus Glenn never really wanted and on the evening that he was supposed to be caring for their child, Callie goes missing.

Filled with secrets and lies, and a local serial killer that is collecting women along rural farm roads, the Duluth PD and rookie cop Kasey Kennedy are in for the battle of their lies when the killer decides to mark Kasey as his next victim.

With enough twists and turns and "oh, my gosh did that just happen" moments, the reader is taken on a mesmerizing journey through the darker side of rich and privileged.

I highly recommend this book and this series.

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