De Kelder (2000)
De Kelder (2000)
4.12 of 5 Votes: 2
9044326295 (ISBN13: 9789044326291)
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Een seriemoordenaar houdt huis in de omgeving van Grand Rapids. Hij heeft het op vrouwen voorzien. Het vreemde is dat de vrouwen verdwijnen, maar niemand weet waar ze dan wel zijn. Een jonge agente, Kaisey heeft de moordenaar bijna ontmaskerd omdat ze hem bijna letterlijk tegen het lijf is gelopen. Ze heeft op hem geschoten maar gemist. Ze wil mee ingeschakeld worden in het onderzoek. Doordat ze de moordenaar met bivakmuts gezien heeft is ze ook een doelwit van de moordenaar. De baby van Valerie en Marcus Glenn verdwijnt ook op het moment dat Marcus, chirurg, alleen met het kind was. Hij beweert dat het kind uit het bed genomen is, maar de politie heeft twijfels. Hoe kan iemand het landhuis van de dokter binnengekomen zijn tijdens de nacht zonder dat iemand dat gemerkt heeft? Is het niet zo dat hij die baby eigenlijk niet wilde? Het privé-leven van Valerie en Marcus wordt te grabbel gegooid en het is niet fraai. Maar betekent dat automatisch dat hij zijn eigen dochter iets aangedaan heeft? Stride en Serena worden op de zaak gezet. Stride komt net terug na 3 maanden ziekenverlof nadat hij van een brug gevallen is. Wat niemand weet is dat hij enorme paniekaanvallen heeft en eigenlijk niet in staat is zijn werk uit te voeren. Maar hij voelt zich geroepen deze zaak aan te pakken. Uiteraard komt hij Maggie ook tegen, zijn collega op het werk, maar er is al lang een bepaalde spanning tussen hen. Komt Maggie deze keer tussen Serena en Stride of niet? Het verhaal van de verdwijning van de baby en de seriemoorden gaan in elkaar lopen, dat weet je gewoon. Sterk boek. The Burying Place, Brian Freeman’s fifth thriller in the Jonathan Stride series, seemed to me his darkest and perhaps his best yet. It gave me the creeps, the chills – you name it, I got it. I believe that’s what Freeman intended, and he was quite successful in creating the sense of fear and foreboding on every page. The opening scene is aptly set in thick fog; the mood throughout the novel is gloomy, sad, and uneasy.The baby of a successful surgeon and his beautiful wife is missing in the town of Grand Rapids, and Jonathan Stride is called in while on hiatus from his job as a Duluth police detective to assist with the case. His girlfriend, Serena Dial, is there to collaborate with him as well.Meanwhile, his long time police associate, Maggie Bei, is on a mission to apprehend a killer of women in a rural farm area near Duluth. It is on this case that we become acquainted with a young cop, Kasey Kennedy, who becomes involved when she is lost in the fog and stumbles upon one of the killer’s victims as she runs for her life. Kasey follows, takes a chance, and takes a shot. The man flees, and the woman is later found dead, her throat sliced with a garrote. No one is happy in this book. Stride is taking time off to recover from injuries suffered in his last case and is tormented by flashbacks. Serena is concerned and upset because Jonny won’t talk about what’s really bothering him. Dr. Marcus Glenn and his wife Valerie, on the surface a quintessential couple, are anything but perfect, and the disappearance of their young daughter brings all the defects to light.As the story progresses, we see more of Valerie’s sister Denise and her husband Tom, Kasey Kennedy, babysitter Micki, and the mystery man who is killing women in Duluth. All have flaws and secrets. The two cases run parallel, and as in the case of other Freeman thrillers, the story lines intersect. Once again we wonder, how are they related? Freeman does a masterful job of misdirecting our suspicions. Perhaps we want to believe it is any one of several characters simply because there are a number of them who are just plain not likable. Or they had a good motive. But I was surprised, not once, but twice. I have to think that in some way this was a difficult book for Brian Freeman to write. He puts his main characters at a crossroad and forces them to choose and move on. That made me incredibly sad, and though it is probably the most realistic circumstance at this phase of the series, readers become attached to characters and to the status quo, and I imagine that writers find sometimes find it painful to make changes that impact the lives of their characters. That’s all I can say without spoiling the story.I think this was probably the best of the Freeman’s books. I didn’t finish The Burying Place with a feeling of “Yes! That was a great book!” Rather, it evoked the feelings that I believe he wanted his readers to feel, and it was a very well told story. The only criticism I have is that I felt that some of his characters, particularly Dr. Glenn and Regan Conrad, are one-dimensional and stereotypical. That is a minor weakness, however, in a superbly written suspense thriller. Having recently met Brian Freeman at a library event and found him to be a very nice, courteous man, I am even more amazed at his ability to write such twisted suspense fiction novels.I look forward to reading more Jonathan Stride.5/5 stars
OK. Baby disappears. Several red herrings
Freeman is always exceptional.
Depression turns to madness...
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