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Spilled Blood

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,910 ratings  ·  432 reviews
A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud--and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire. Linked by the Spirit River, the two towns couldn't be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company's carcinogenic waste ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by SilverOak (first published March 1st 2012)
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Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The grass is always greener on the other side, isn’t it? In Brian Freeman’s stand-alone novel, Spilled Blood, residents of upscale Barron have everything that ordinary folks across the Spirit River town of St. Croix do not – especially health. Barron’s top-secret scientific research facility, Mondamin, was the defendant in a lawsuit brought by families of cancer victims in St. Croix. The feuding made some folks think of the Hatfields and McCoys, while others considered the Montagues vs. the Capu ...more
Spilled Blood is the first book I have read by Brian Freeman, and I have enjoyed it. This year I have decided to challenge myself to broaden my authors base, and I was surprised and alighted to enjoy Spilled Blood. Spilled Blood is about the murder of Ashlynn and charging Olivia for the killing and how this affected the small rural community. Spilled Blood continues to explore the way Olivia father a city lawyer investigates to prove Olivia's innocent of murder. I like the way Brian Freeman port ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this stand alone novel by Brian Freeman. I think this is the best of all his books since Immoral. There were multiple facets to the storyline: environmental, porn, death, disaster, family, and love. I kept guessing who the culprit was and was wrong every time. There were some scenes that had my heart pounding! I couldn't read fast enough! ...more
Two stars means "It was ok" and that is what I think of this book. It was ok.
It got me through my days, I didn't die from boredom or frustration, and the storyline went from point a to b all the way to z in a logical progression. The writing was fine, the plot was fine.

I hated the main character; Chris is a complete asshole and I wanted him to die many times throughout the story. He was really good at taking information given to him in confidence and then spreading it all around town. I hated th
Brian Freeman
Nov 13, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"SPILLED BLOOD is everything a great suspense novel should be: gripping, shocking, and moving. Brian Freeman proves once again he's a master of psychological suspense, as he layers one family's crisis with an entire town's drama, building to an epic crescendo of rage, revenge and redemption."
– Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Micky Cox
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing twists and turns to keep you guessing then second guessing the opinions you form reading or in my case listening. Great audio book for those of you who enjoy audios. The main character rushes to aid his 16 year old daughter who has been accused of murder. She claims she didn't do it, but even as her dad, he can't be sure she is telling the truth. While the story unfolds, it becomes clear that there are multiple subplots that intertwine and intersect with the murder and something more ...more
Diane S ☔
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 This was a very good stand alone by Freeman, the tension and hate were palpable and it definitely showed that even in small towns evil exists. Enjoyed the storyline and even liked the character of one of the "bad guys." Many different threads and the story moved quickly. Freeman can definitely write good books. ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s been a long, long time since I have read any of Brian’s books. And even though this was not a Stride novel and was a stand alone, I enjoyed it very much. I had read in someone’s review that they saw the twists coming. Maybe they were part psychic as I didn’t guess any of it. I also thoroughly enjoyed the short story at the end and was happy to see a comeback of Stride.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I expected a bit more from this 2013 Thriller Award Winner for Best Hardcover Novel. It had an interesting premise and at its core, the psychological aspect that I find fascinating. Another book that examines the question of what we will do for our children. Two feuding towns, two sets of teens involved in what is almost like gang warfare, two girls brought face to face, one with a gun, the other with a secret, and a game of Russian Roulette began Spilled Blood with a literal One, Two, Three. Wh ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I think this is my favorite Brian Freeman novel thus far. He can definitely weave a complex story. I liked the MC. I first thought that it was a little odd to have a lawyer trying to solve the mystery, but it worked, because he was also the father of the accused.

There was a lot of things going on in this book, but it flowed very nicely. The mystery/crime (there was certainly more than one) had some great twists. It had some great red herrings, but it wasn't hard to peg who Aquarius was. But as
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved the first Freeman book I read, The Bone House, so surprised this one didn't do much for me. I was annoyed with the mopey protagonist. Didn't connect with the characters who seemed pretty one-dimensional with the exception of(view spoiler). Most of the book, I was waiting for things to happen, and then there were too many heavy handed surprises at the end. I won't give up on Freeman, but hope the next one I read is better. ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two small towns in rural Minnesota have as much drama as a big city with one difference -- everybody knows everybody. Chris Hawk, a divorced dad and a lawyer, races to the small town where his ex-wife and daughter, Olivia, now live to save his daughter from being sent to prison for murder. His investigation uncovers many, many secrets and a mysterious psychopath threatens to destroy them all. With all the drama that only teenagers can amass, this story has many different aspects but moves smooth ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Brian Freemans books and they just keep getting better and better. This one pulled me in right from the start and kept me guessing right to the end. I was sure I had figured out who the killer was but turned out to be very wrong! I found it hard to put this book down and was constantly thinking about it even when not reading - that to me is the sign of an excellent story!

I would also highly recommend Brian Freemans psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan St
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Freeman delivers a stand-alone with breathless momentum. This is what good suspense is all about.
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Mixed feelings with this book. A pretty good story with lots of twists - but I got bored too many times along the way- Maybe some other reviews will make you decided if you pick up this book.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

Brian Freeman writes the type of book that you cannot predict. You start out thinking that the evil person is obvious, but as each layer is revealed, you realize that you were wrong. Then being a lover of mysteries and suspense, you point yourself in a different direction and once again, Mr. Freeman exposes the error in your attempt at logic. There are no red herrings, you are left to your own suppositions and skillfully you are shown the blunders of your ways.

“Wise men can be the most foolish
Joe Stamber
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, read-2010s, kindle
Spilled Blood is an okay thriller that gave me something to listen to on my commute without ever really thrilling me. I came close to giving a 2 star rating but I think that was partly due to the audio narrator and as there's no 2.5 it ended up with a rather generous 3. The audio narrator has one of those voices that is heard over a creepy movie trailer - "Once they were a normal suburban family... until the stranger came... now things will never be the same again..." which may work in that scen ...more
Paul Pessolano
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Spilled Blood” by Brian Freeman, published by SilverOak.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

“Spilled Blood” is a mystery/thriller of the highest order. Brian Freeman grabbed me with his first novel “Immoral”, a novel I still talk about and tell everyone I picked two possible murder suspects and was wrong on both of them. In “Spilled Blood” he does it again.

In a small Minnesota town there are young people dying of cancer. The source of this cancer may be tied to the research corporation, Mondamin. Althou
Vannessa Anderson
The prologue opened with Olivia holding a gun to Ashland’s head and pulling the trigger putting a bullet in Ashland’s brain and killing her. Olivia’s mother, Hannah Groman-Hawk, called her dad, Chris Hawk, an attorney and told him that their daughter was sitting in jail accused of murder. When Olivia’s dad asked her if she did it, Olivia emphatically said no. Tanya, Olivia’s friend, who saw Olivia put the gun to Ashland’s head and saw her pull back the trigger, walked away after Olivia ignored h ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*Disclaimer I won this ARC from Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book and found it very hard to put down. The story was extremely captivating and the characters were very well-developed. Usually with this type of thriller/mystery, I can figure out the ending early on, but not with Spilled Blood. I was very surprised by the ending and it was a perfect climax to a very well-done story.

I have never read anything by the author before but will be picking up his other novels, as I thoroughly enjoyed hi
Albert Riehle
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. There's a good reason why this book won so many awards. As much as I enjoy the Jonathan Stride series, I think this might be my favorite book by Freeman, to date.

I've reached the point where I know Freeman has at least 2 twists coming and in this case I picked them both out pretty early, but I don't think either was obvious. I'm mostly patting myself on the back, but even though I suspected what was coming, I really enjoyed getting there.

Excellent pace. Great characters. Intricate p
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
There was something about this book that made me not quite like it as well as the previous publications. It is a good story, with well developed characters for the most part. It's perhaps just a mystery that is a moral with a great bit of tragedy involved. However I still liked it, and if you are a Brian Freeman fan, you should like it as well.
Book Mitch
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7-bcc-2012
Oh my gosh! The butler did it! (not really, but it felt like that kind of mystery) And one and two and three and twist and twist! Wow! What a ride! Two small towns with a growing feud. A lawyer, a priest, a wealthy CEO, high school kids that are being infused by slow and dangerous anger...you get the picture. But who done it? Great book.
Eadie Burke
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Brian Freeman can tell a very good story and this one kept me interested until the end. The characters were very believable and the plot was excellent. Environmental and family issues are at the center of this mystery about two small towns. I highly recommend this novel and I look forward to reading more of Brian Freeman's books as they don't disappoint.
Ali Reading
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely LOVE this author. This one can be read as a stand-alone, which is a nice switch up if you want to take a break from his detective series (or if you're like me and know the second you read the next in line of his detective series, you won't accomplish anything until you read at least 2 more after that). ...more
Meredith Moore
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal - everything that you want from a thriller, and more! I brought it along (at the recommendation of my mother) to a week long summer cabin trip with my family, and ended up reading most of it during the car ride there because I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new thriller to read. ...more
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
A slow start, but once it picked up it had some good twists and turns.
The book kept my attention for the most part.

For me this was a strong 3.5 star read, rounded to 4 stars since there are no 1/2 stars
Michelle Kitto
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This is the second book by Brian Freeman that I have read and it was just as good as the first one. Two feuding towns in Minnesota and the effects of the feud on the families was well-told. A murder of one of the local teens starts the book off and it was a wild ride until the end.
Tory Wagner
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: twbc
This is an interesting mystery centered around a town divided between haves and have nots. The wealthier citizens are profiting from a company that is polluting the surroundings. There were a few graphic parts that took away from my enjoyment so I really would give it a 3.5 if that was possible.
Julie Anderson
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012

Awesome, simply awesome. I will be going back and reading all of Brian Freeman's book after this one!
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Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his "you are there" settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian was also selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne ...more

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