Brian Freeman

The Watcher

"...will certainly keep the reader guessing..."


One murder has haunted Lieutenant Jonathan Stride for thirty years. In 1977 his girlfriend's sister was savagely beaten to death. Stride came face to face with the suspect – and let the man escape.

When writer Tish Verdure begins a book about the decades-old murder, Stride is reluctant to re-open the case. But Tish has new evidence that raises shocking questions about the actions of the police... and even Stride's own wife.

The new investigation scares someone who is desperate to keep their secrets hidden. Tish receives threats. A teenage girl is hounded to her death. And Stride finds himself chasing the twisted trail of a voyeur who may hold the key to two brutal crimes.

With new deaths on his conscience, Stride races toward a devastating confrontation high above the deadly waters of Lake Superior. There, he and Tish will both face their worst fears – and the truth about the past.

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For regular readers of Freeman's books. the story itself gives an insight into Stride's personal life and his often mentioned relationship with his late wife Cindy which they will find interesting. The storyline will certainly keep the reader guessing although I did feel the ultimate revelation was a little too obvious. For some reason I find it difficult to like or connect with Stride's partner, Serena, although I can find no reason for this. Freeman's other characters are easy to associate with Stride especially being an easy-going person. The book is very well written although I did find it a little confusing with the past events being written under the heading 'by Tish Verdure' but are actually the words of Cindy. Overall I found The Watcher to be an enjoyable read despite having a slightly predictable ending.

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