O Voyeur (2008)
O Voyeur (2008)
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9722346598 (ISBN13: 9789722346597)
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…” the parallel postulate. “ Rikke shrugged. “If two lines cross a third and form less than two right angles, then eventually the two lines will meet if extended far enough. Why on earth do you find that so interesting?”“It’s something I find in most of my investigations,” Stride told her. “Sooner or later, the lines always intersect.”I don’t remember much from my high school geometry class, but as I read In the Dark, the parallel postulate began to make sense. A peeper is terrifying teenage girls, and Maggie Bei is on the case. As she meets with her boss, Detective Jonathan Stride, and his lover, private investigator Serena Dial, to discuss the case, a woman appears from his past. His distant past. She claims to have been the best friend of his late wife’s murdered sister. Thirty years later, the case is still unsolved, and Laura Starr’s friend, Tish Verdure, wants Stride’s help as she tries to write a book about the decades old crime. How in the world does a cold case relate to a present-day voyeur?Stride cannot revisit the past without experiencing the pain and loss of his wife Cindy, who died of cancer five years earlier. In addition, he risks hurting his Serena as he digs deeper into the past, stirring up memories of the love he shared with his first love. For me, that was one of the book’s strengths - that Stride must dust off his emotions and lay them out where he can deal with them. He does, and to Serena’s credit, she gives him the space that he needs to do so.There are many plausible suspects who were ruled out by police in the original case. There are some persons of interest that I wanted to be guilty because they are just not likeable people. And they are guilty, but they are not murderers. Freeman does a good job of making each character seem like a logical choice for the top of the whodunit list, but Stride lacks proof. Meanwhile, it looks more and more like the peeper may be someone from Laura’s past as well. The lines draw closer.If there is anything that may be a bit objectionable, it is that the story keeps flipping from one point of view to another, from Laura’s voice (as written by Tish for her book), to Finn to Clark (the father of a mentally challenged girl who dies because of the peeper), to Tish, to Maggie. I have read some reviews that found this particularly off-putting, but I found that I had no problem keeping the characters straight. I did, however, find that some of the situations, as in Freeman’s previous book, Stalked, were a bit over-the-top. These came near the end, and these scenes read like a made for TV crime drama wanna-be. I am not complaining about that too much, because I felt that Brian Freeman crafted a strong, captivating tale about a girl – and her circle of friends – with too many secrets. 4/5 stars This is my first foray into the Johnathon Stride mysteries. It was a good basic mystery, with some suspense, but not something I couldn't put down. A barely known former high school acquaintance shows up to write a book about a long ago murder. She stirs up old memories in Jonathon, and manages to get the police looking into the case again. New people die, and the case is finally conclusively solved. Some of the situations are too contrived, and it's pretty easy to predict most of the action, but I'll probably read more of the series.
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sa5mmie
Lots of twists and turns in this one - never quite sure who the killer is until the very end.
mjtwalsh
Brilliant. I just love the Jonathan Stride series. I just can't put them down.
Mychelle
Jonathan Stride. It's like I have a twin.
Claudia
Jonathan Stride #4
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