27 April 2018

Read in March 2018 Part 2

I managed to read 5 books in march which is pretty good for me so I split them into 2 posts (part 1 here). I actually posted the first part at the beginning of the month and have somehow managed to procrastinate so much that this one is going up a tad later than I planned.  Part 2 is Just a Brian Freeman review and I am in Love with the Frost Easton series. I need more asap.

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman
The Night Bird by Brian Freeman

"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."

I love a good murder and I also love a good psychological thriller. This book combines the two perfectly, but in a kind of terrifying way. The way in which the murders are committed is both clever and horrendous. The killer literally uses their worst fears and their minds against them. It questions what part of playing with the mind is going too far.

The hunt for the killer is pretty tense and kept me gripped. I definitely liked Frosts character and his tragic back story added to the story instead of distracting us or making the character unlikable. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately went and found the second book. Also can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that I actually read these books in the correct order. Doesn't happen to me very often.

The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

"Four years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he’s forced to reveal the truth, his sister’s killer is back on the streets.

Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she’s terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day.

Staying ahead of the game of a killer who’s determined to strike again is not going to be easy. Not when Frost is battling his own demons. Not when the game is becoming so personal. And not when the killer’s next move is unlike anything Frost expected."

The second book in the Frost series brings up the Inspectors tragic past. His sisters killer is released due to planted evidence. Not only is he released but Frost is the one that discovered the dodgy evidence. It then becomes a race against time to find new evidence to lock him up before he kills again.

This book is a bit different because we know who the guilty party is. You get to experience the stress of trying to find new evidence and stop him killing again. We all know it's inevitable that he will kill. I kind of expected one of the murders but it still broke my heart a little bit. The ending is also pretty sad and the action keeps going until the very last chapter. I really like the main characters and I am definitely invested in their lives.

I've been looking for a new series since getting up to date with Chris Carter and M.J Arlidge. I definitely really enjoyed these and I think I might have to check out his Jonathan Stride series whilst I wait for the 3rd instalment of the Frost Easton series.


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