The Night Bird

  • by Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn't like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco - as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks - Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie's controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories...and all the victims were her patients.
As Frost and Frankie carry out their own investigations, the case becomes increasingly personal - and dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. Soon Frankie is forced to confront strange gaps in her own memory, and Frost faces a killer who knows the detective's worst fears.
As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.

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Brian Freeman's "faux pas"....

Both Brian Freeman and Joe Barrett belong to the golden circle of my favorite writers/narrators and hence my expectations were high…but I felt let down.
The plot is not credible and the characters stiff and a bit of stereotype. It seems that Freeman wanted to diversify from the long (and very enjoyable) Jonathan Stride series and start all over with a new character ( Frost Easton) and new settings (San Francisco). The story is about a shrink who thinks she is helping people by erasing bad memories and a serial killer that gravitates around her. The story is creepy, at times suspenseful and, frankly, at times silly..
This is my first two-star rating to a great thriller writer with my advice to all of you to go for the good Jonathan Stride’s books.

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- antonio

A bit silly

The plot was just too silly. It seems that everyone can learn how to implant memories in others. Certainly, the psychiatrist who is one of the three main characters seems to do it quite well...and gets into trouble for it. OK. It MIGHT have worked, but the character development is so shoddy that they can't make the preposterous premise believable. They're not smart enough (put themselves in ridiculous situations time and time again). The police work is shoddy as well (at one point, the main character, Frost, lets a victim do some of his research...potentially putting her in danger). Barrett is actually quite good as the narrator EXCEPT when he does the deranged voice of the killer luring his victims on. The voice that is meant to be terrifying is cartoonish (and grating), making the performance rating go from five starts to three. Ultimately, the book is boring. I had to force myself to finish it.
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- cristina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio