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The Burying Place (Jonathan Stride #5)

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One cold night. Two shocking mysteries.

In the quiet town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a baby vanishes from her bedroom in an opulent lakeside home. Was she abducted - or does her father have a terrible secret to hide?

That same night, a young policewoman gets lost in the fog and stumbles into the middle of a horrific crime. Now a sadistic killer wants her to play his deadly
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Jean Coldwell
Sep 15, 2014 Jean Coldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
at the risk of sounding like a broken record, Brian Freeman is a love LOVE his novels...Burying Place is no exception. He's not afraid to put his protagonists through hell and he's just so good at making you feel for his characters.

Burying place picks up shortly after In The Dark. Stride is on 'vacation', dealing with the trials of the last case he worked on in the previous novel. As always, his love Serena Dial is with him, but they're not without his issues. Stride is coming to te
I think this is the first book where I am disappointed in Stride and hate Maggie a little, they both made a decision that has grave consequences.

When this book starts we see Stride is in a bad place, still dealing with fall from the bridge that almost killed him in the last book. He seems to pull back into himself causing him and Serena to become strangers to each others. Serena can see this happening and doesn't know what to do other than just be there, but every day things become more and mor
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Wow! ! What a page turner! It definitely was not who I thought it was!!
Aug 03, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, I think this is my favorite Brian Freeman. I wondered if I was going to enjoy it as the cover has a bloody shovel partially buried in snow. I tend to dislike books with snow as a major part of the plot. Maybe because winter here in Canada can be so cold and miserable sometimes and I don't want to relive it. However, The Burying Place does not centre itself around snow, it's just a minor irritation in the background. Never judge a book by it's cover, they say. I usually do though. It's a ...more
Apr 23, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Lt. Jonathan Stride is recovering since his ordeal that took place in the prior novel; In the Dark. Maggie Bei, Stride’s partner has been keeping Stride in the loop about an ongoing investigation case. The case is in regards to several women have gone missing in the past few months. Maggie has just found body number four.

Denise Sheridan works as Deputy Sheriff for Itasca. She comes to pay Stride a visit. Denise needs Stride to investigate a missing person’s case for her. Rich, surgeon, Marcus Gl
Aug 08, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Burying Place
Brian Freeman

Kasey Kennedy is cop working for the Duluth Police Department and winds up coming face to face with a sadistic serial killer. Finding herself in danger as a result of trying to help another woman, Kasey might be sorry she ever stopped and listened to this woman’s rants. But, as a cop what could she do? The killer is haunting the visions of this woman and when they both come face to face with him what happens will envelop her in his deadly game. But, what really hap
Michael Sova
Sep 03, 2015 Michael Sova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending of a good thriller novel can elicit all sorts of different feelings, including but certainly not limited to exhilaration, incredulity, elation, excitement, satisfaction, astonishment, skepticism and even frustration. In The Burying Place, the fifth psychologically charged suspense novel by internationally bestselling author Brian Freeman, you get all of that and more.

Set in Duluth and Grand Rapids, The Burying Place is about two separate and seemingly unrelated police investigation
May 08, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the flawed characters that Brian Freeman has created in his Jonathan Stride series. Jonathan is damaged, deeply damaged, and he surrounds himself with other broken people and in a way they have created a family. A family that that may not always like each other, but a family that works together to get a job done. Unfortunately, that job always involves murder and the Duluth Minnesota Police Department always seems to be smack dab in the middle of something horrible.

Before I go any further
Jan 20, 2015 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book that continued the Stride-Serena-Maggie saga. Brian Freeman puts his characters into dark places and then has them figure out where to go from there. I loved their interactions and look forward to the next book. I have to admit Serena is not my favorite. Oh, and yes, there were crimes to be solved. They were scary, emotional, and resolved with a twist.
Apr 16, 2015 Chetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the Jonathan Stride series. I wouldn't pick it up if you haven't read at least the one before it and (hopefully) the previous in the series but it was a real thriller. Freeman is so very good at taking a plot and meshing it so well with fully-formed characters that there is no way you can't become totally engaged. Once he has you going down one path with a character he will twist it and then again, and again with not one but multiple revelations as the story ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book.It started a little slow for me because I had not read the prior books and did not know the characters, but once the plot got moving, it was hard to put down. Being familiar with the geography of Minnesota would have helped as well because I could not keep the various locales straight and how close/far they were to one another.

I listened to the audio book and the narrator was quite annoying in his voices. I think he was trying for a poor imitation of Fargo, but someti
Veronica Hernandez
Another great Read... mystery, suspense and much more...
Jonathan Stride is still on leave for injuries he obtained in the last title. He has been called in to find a missing child. A child was taken from her bed in the middle of the night and the usual suspects are the parents. Their private lives are no longer and what happens behind the closed doors of a home are never known until its too late. His partner, Maggie, is working on a case of missing women and one dead. Recently dead... A young police woman has gotten lost on her route due to a heavy f ...more
Vera VB
Feb 01, 2016 Vera VB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is the 5th book in the Lieutenant Jonathan Stride detective series set in Duluth, Minnesota. I was introduced to this series by a friend on Goodreads and I am so glad that I found this author that I doubt that I would have found on my own. Brian Freeman is an excellent writer and his novels are always unique and different from the novels that have come before however they always manage to link to the ones before in the series. In this novel there are 2 plotlines going on at the same time. O ...more
Paul Pessolano
Feb 18, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Burying Place" takes place in the cold and rural areas of Duluth, Minnesota.

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride and his team try to solve the mystery of a serial woman killer and a missing baby. The investigation gets a little muddled when Jonathan is haunted by the ghosts of his past, that includes his close call with death and his relationship with two policewomen that he has become attached to.

A young policewoman, Kasey Kennedy, becomes lost at night in a fog and is asked for help by a woman who
Jun 28, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it
Kasey Kennedy is on the road on a rainy and foggy night near Grand Rapids and she is lost. Trying to avoid an oncoming car she veers off onto a dirt road. Stopping and getting out of her car to look around, she is startled by a woman running wildly out of the fog. The woman is calling for help and there is a ring of blood around her neck. She gets into the car, but when a masked man comes up to the care she panics and runs off only to be caught and dragged off. Kasey is a cop and grabbing her gu ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Dying Place, by Brian Freeman, A-minus, narrated by Joe Barrett, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

In this book Jonathan Stride, the detective, is recovering from his last case, in which he fell off a bridge. He is suffering from PTSD and has taken refuge in a cabin in the woods by himself. He has decided to return to work in the next week, even though Serena doesn’t think he’s ready, when he has to come back early. Two things are going on at once, not seeming to be c
Charlie Taylor
Aug 14, 2014 Charlie Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel I've read by Brian Freeman, I happened to pick it up on clearance at a local second hand store. It may have been the best .50 cents I've EVER spent. What a fantastic book. It kept me glued in, and although I though I had guessed the ending twice, I was way off. It's a great read and it doesn't end with everything just hunky dory. There are real consequences for our characters and it makes me want more. I will def. be picking up more of his Stride novels.
Jan 15, 2016 IBlowBubblesNotGuys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
Good, intriguing most of the time. Mind my order-
Biblical Influence, wasn't expecting it, story of Solomon and 2 prostitute's baby. 1 died, 1 alive.
The conclusion made sense, but wasn't face smacking"ly" strong, average ending, a twist but no The best of the unexpected. GOOD READ, wasn't boring. Maggie, you should insult more. That thing (Maggie and Stride) Bonnie and Clyde? Nah but still, Cool guys don't cheat. Wished there was a background story of Neimen tho. could've been interesting
Apr 17, 2014 Jana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a new fan of Brian Freeman. He also spoke in Hampton Iowa last week. And while I missed meeting him, I've been devouring his books ever since. The protagonist--Jonathon Stride-- is tough but kind, is handsome but not perfect. I like the voice. And Freeman has a way of telling me only just enough to get me to turn the pages. The Burying Place got a bit convoluted towards the end, dizzying in fact. Still, I've already plunged ahead into the next Stride Saga.
Oct 15, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
After a child is seemingly abducted from the home of a wealthy surgeon and his wife, Lt. Jonathan Stride of the Duluth police is brought back early from his recuperation from a serious injury, one that has affected his love of the job and his girl friend. At the same time they are looking for a serial killer who has the entire area on edge. There are the usual number of suspects in the missing child case (including the family), and the serial killer is stalking a local policewoman who interupted ...more
GS Nathan
Above par writing, with some very memorable passages that go beyond the story and actually give a lit bit of a thrill to the reader. The story is also sufficiently complicated, with a twist in the end that is a bit unbelievable, but well, a pretty good read overall.

The story is that of a tortured detective overcoming some personal demons, while he tracks down a missing child while a serial killer is on the loos. To be sure, the killer is a bit of an one dimensional villain but is well integrated
Ellen Mandly
I really like he Jonathan Stride series and I usually love anything read by Joe Barrett but The Burying place was took Stide and Maggie to a place I didn't personally like, and Barrett's voice of Maggie was just horrible! I kept expecting him to say in his stereotypical Asian voicin 'I love you long time'! Ugh! Not bad, but certainly a low in this series.
Feb 28, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. The plot was pretty complex but it all worked out, set in MN -- mainly in Duluth and surrounding areas. The author is from MN.

On another note entirely, does anyone know why these words I'm typing barely show up? I don't think I can change the font or make it bold. Anyone else have this problem? Very hard to read!
Feb 05, 2011 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are many good synopsis reviews already written for this one so I will avoid that. I really liked the series up to this point. I can forgive the useless “romance parts” that sound like they were pulled from a cheesy Harlequin novel in all of his novels but unfortunately there is one characters portrayal that just drags this book down. Without “giving away to much”, there are several points in this book where one of the supporting female protagonists (a cop) is treated like the baby-sitter i ...more
Aug 18, 2015 JoDee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former Minnesota resident, I love reading of the location. This book was my first in the series which made it less enjoyable. Most of the book was his dealing with trauma from other books and past relationships. I will reserve final judgement until I go back and read earlier books.
Jan 15, 2013 Jetty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Een ontvoerd kind en vermiste vrouwen, dat is de basis van dit boek. In een bloedstollende race tegen de klok proberen Jonathan Stride en zijn collega's deze zaken tot een goed einde te brengen.

Voor mij was dit het tweede boek dat ik las van deze auteur. Vond ik het voorgaande boek in eerste instantie een boek waar ik echt in moest komen, dit boek pakte mij vanaf het begin. Het is spannend vanaf de eerste bladzijde. Je wilt doorlezen want je moet het weten. Komt de baby weer veilig thuis? Worden
Barbara Elsborg
Sep 18, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel by Brian Freeman so I came into the characters cold. I wish I'd known Stride before this book but I liked the writing enough to go back to read the earlier stories. That's not to say it doesn't work in isolation - it does - but I felt my appreciation of the characters would have been different with the knowledge gained in earlier stories.
This was a fast moving tale that I really enjoyed but - I had a big problem with the behaviour of one of the characters. It just wasn't-
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Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels, including the Jonathan Stride and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled p ...more
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Jonathan Stride (7 books)
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