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The Night Bird

The Night Bird

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by Brian Freeman

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
San Francisco homicide detective Frost Easton, the hero of this taut crime novel from Thriller Award–winner Freeman (Spilled Blood), looks into the death of Brynn Lansing, a salesperson at Macy’s. One night, while stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge, a panicked Brynn got out of her car and took a fatal plunge into the bay. Two months earlier, another young woman died under bizarre circumstances. Both women were patients of psychologist Francesca “Frankie” Stein and underwent a controversial treatment to alter traumatic memories. As Frost and Frankie investigate, the killer’s carefully orchestrated plans put Frankie, her practice, and more patients in jeopardy. Stymied by the doctor’s reticence and refusal to discuss her patients, Frost must wait for the next victim’s breakdown and descent into madness to try and catch a ruthless, increasingly cruel assailant. Freeman’s command of pace and plot is assured, his prose artfully layered with the sinister and serene. This one will keep you guessing, but read it with the lights on. Agent: Deborah Schneider: Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Feb.)

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Amazon Publishing
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Frost Easton Series , #1
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Freeman is a bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. His works have been sold in forty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. His book Spilled Blood was named Best Hardcover Novel in the International Thriller Writers Awards, and The Burying Place was a finalist for the same honor. His debut thriller, Immoral, won the Macavity Award and was a finalist for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry awards for Best First Novel. It was also chosen as International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world. His novels Season of Fear and The Bone House were both finalists for the Audie Award in the thriller/suspense category. Brian lives in Minnesota with his wife, Marcia. For more information on the author and his work, visit www.bfreemanbooks.com.

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The Night Bird 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SarahRN 17 days ago
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. The Night Bird by Brian Freeman is a story about a serial killer who manipulates the thoughts of his victims causing them to experience a psychotic break. Each victim meets with a fatal ending. Frankie Stein is a psychiatrist who manipulates her patients’ memory to treat their deepest phobias. Homicide Detective Frost Easton is the investigating officer assigned to the case. For Detective Easton, there are just too many coincidences. This story kept me guessing until the end. Each time I thought I had the killer figured out the author provided another seed of doubt. The plot moves quickly and draws the reader in from the start. The plot twists keep the reader wondering who is behind the murders and why is the killer targeting these women.
bookluvr35SL 3 months ago
There is a psychologist who specializes in helping people get over their phobias by wiping those memories and replacing them with new memories where they are no longer afraid. The police discover that some of those patients are having mental breaks and killing themselves. The clock is ticking to find out what is happening, who is behind it all, and why. I am a huge fan of Brian Freeman and have read all of his books. That being said, I have to say he has outdone himself with this one. I personally feel that it is his best one yet.
booklover- 3 months ago
What's the worst memory you have? An accident ... a trauma of one kind or another.. the loss of a loved one .... have a phobia of some sort? And what if that memory kept you from living a normal life? Terrified you to the point you can't live your life normally? paralyzed when faced with something that reminds you of a bad memory? Would you be willing to let someone play in your head to manipulate those memories? Make it go away? That is what Dr. Frankie Stein does. A psychiatrist, Dr. Stein works with changing bad memories into memories that aren't so bad. Frost Easton is a Homicide Detective investigating the strange deaths of several women. They all seem to suffer psychotic breaks of one kind or another and wind up killing themselves. They have all been patients of Dr. Stein. His investigation leads him to someone called the Night Bird. As the body count increases, the Night Bird gets braver ... taunting both the detective and the doctor. The clock is winding down and someone else is now in his sights. This mystery, psychological thriller keeps the reader glued to the pages until the explosive ending. The characters are well defined. I really liked Frost ... keeping fingers crossed that he becomes a series. Brian Freeman is a well known author of the Jonathan Stride series. If you haven't read him before, now's the time ... you won't be sorry. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / Netgalley for the digital copy of this novel. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Kittyb1 3 months ago
"The Night Bird" grabs you by the throat and won't let go!This book is the essence of the psychological thriller genre. The characters are unique to this story and fit in perfectly with the spine-tingling plot. The fact that it is set is San Francisco with the fog, rain, spectacular views and locations, just adds to the mystery. I have read and loved all his Jonathan Stride and Cab Colton series and this book just confirms that I am a devoted fan.
BooksnKisses 4 months ago
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 This is my first Brian Freeman book. I have very high hopes for Detective Easton and I am already looking forward to the next installment in this series! If you are a suspense lover you should pick up The Night Bird. It is very disturbing. I mean what could possible go wrong with a therapist that has learned how to mess with you memories. Disclaimer: I purchased this book and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved it...hard to put down...! And loved the San Francisco setting...! Hope it's the beginning of a new series from my of my favorite authors...!