It has been almost a decade since Duluth said good-bye to its innocence. The city creeps ever closer to the 10th anniversary of the year in which it found itself both gripped by murder and united in terror and during which the pillar of its community, DS Jonathan Stride, had his home and heart torn to ribbons by the claws of cancer.
Cat Mateo, an orphan with a knack for landing on her feet, has bid farewell to a life on the streets. This once-stray teenager owes her rescue to Detective Stride, the father figure she holds close to her heart. But Cat holds something else to her chest: a secret, the sheer power of which she could not possibly comprehend. A secret that, once out of the bag, will viciously scratch at Duluth's still-healing wounds. It will make Stride wave good-bye to his convictions and say hello to his darkest fears.
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Joe Barrett gave an Excellent performance! He is a wonderful narrator and I wish he would do more mystery/thriller books. I would purchase them for him alone!
I didn't want this book to end. Brian Freeman is such a talented author, and this was such a good book. There are four major plots going on and a few minor conflicts in the background that all appear to be independent story lines. They aren't independent and all culminate in the final chapter giving this Stride book an explosive ending.
The book begins 9 years in the past when Stride's wife Cindy is still alive and jumps forward to his relationship with Serena Dial. In the center of it all is house guest pregnant teen Cat Mateo. This story has it all. Betrayal, murder, adultery, lost love, human trafficking and catfishing - who could ask for more? If you're familiar with the previous books you'll know there has been a major rift between Serena and Maggie. In this book there is the start to a reconciliation. Jonathan Stride also finally gets the stirrings to move on and realizes that his deceased wife would not want him pining away for her all these years later. Lots of revelations that I won't name. Like I said REALLY GOOD BOOK.
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A great mystery!
- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"