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In the Dark

(Jonathan Stride #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,940 ratings  ·  301 reviews
Two young lovers. A sultry summer night. One brutal, cold-blooded murder.  In this stunning, atmospheric thriller, Brian Freeman takes you deep into Detective Jonathan Stride’s complicated past.

It’s the case that has haunted Stride for thirty years.  During the summer after his junior year of high school, he fell in love with beautiful Cindy Starr, the girl who would becom
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published December 11th 2008)
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Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I see growth in Brian Freeman with this book. Well told story from Stride's past. ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brian Freeman has been climbing the ranks as one of my favorite authors over the past few years. His first three books really impressed me so I was eagerly anticipating IN THE DARK and had heard it was going to be the most emotional book of the Stride/Dial series. Often I find myself a bit disappointed after reading a long-awaited book because it just doesn't live up to the hype.

IN THE DARK was NOT one of these books.

Every Brian Freeman book has a "killer" prologue and this one screams chapter o
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting back and forth on a decades-old cold case. Freeman writes a lot of abusive mom storylines, which are the most disturbing parts of these books. I think I need to slow down and space these out more, so that I'm not irritated with the major storm coinciding with main character critically injured formula at the peak of each book. (It's a bit Tom Cruise action movie-esque.) I think he could write a Duluth mystery with a little less bloodshed and still make it great - his multi-layered cri ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Another excellent book in the Jonathan Stride series. Brian Freeman is fast becoming a favorite author. Getting some background on the MC through a cold case makes the read love Stride even more. 4 stars
L Cherry
This is my first Brian Freeman novel and I absolutely love the way he writes!!
This story is so enthralling I could not stop listening to the audible version. The Narrator was excellent and easy to listen to.
The story is packed with many emotions triggered by the horrific death of a key character. The journey to finding her killer took many years and lots of heartbreak along the way. Since this was my first for this author and it is #4 in the series I am just getting to know the detective Jonath
Maureen DeLuca
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 4th in the Jonathan Stride series- I'd say this is 3.5 , but being that I was feeling generous....

You get to know more about Strides past, high school days and meeting his first wife. I have to say some of this book was a 'tad' bit over the top- but hey, aren't they all at some point or another? Another reason why I give this a 4 , because I really do like the Jonathan Stride character.

For those who never read any of these books- best bet is to start at book number 1 "Immoral" which was an
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Stride's deceased wife's sister was savagely murdered 30 years ago and the case was never solved. A woman comes to town supposedly to write a book about that murder, the death of her best friend while Stride and Maggie are trying to catch someone who's been peeping in the windows of young blonde girls. There are secrets, too many to mention and Stride uncovers explosive events that led to that murder, he finds that the ripples of her death changed everyone's lives, including his own.
Geoff. Lamb
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating. Twisted. Complicated. Love and deception. This may be the best Stride so far.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just love these books! So who done it? I had no clue but I bet you will when you read!
Apr 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Brian Freeman
Jan 13, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
My fourth novel, IN THE DARK, is due out on March 31, 2009. It may be my personal favorite among my books -- very emotionally intense along with its shocking twists. Write to me at brian@bfreemanbooks.com or visit my web site (www.bfreemanbooks.com) or Facebook page. ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this Detective Jonathan Stride #4 book, someone from his past returns to open up the door to an unsolved case. Stride's wife Cindy died five years ago but apparently she kept in touch through the years with her best friend from high school. Tish is now determined to write a book about the murder of Cindy's sister Laura on July4, 1977. Stride and Cindy were near the park where Laura died on that night and he has always felt he knew who the killer was. Tish has some new information so they both ...more
Jill Manske
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
"In the Dark" focuses on the 30-year-old murder of Lt. Jonathan Strike's sister-in-law, Laura Starr. This unsolved crime was dredged up by Laura's friend, Tish, as part of a true crime book she's writing. Strike is initially unwilling to assist Tish with reopening the investigation, but she brings him new evidence that calls into question the assumption that the murderer was an itinerant. Suspects abound and new clues swirl around Strike and his team as he attempts to make sense of what he's lea ...more
Mike Kennedy
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Number for in the Jonathan Stride series. The book starts with a flashback to 1977 and the murder of a recently graduated high school senior. It turns out the murdered was the sister of Stride’s deceased wife Cindy. The victims best friend from high school is back in town writing a book about the murder, and Strideis put back on the case. Stride and Maggie are also dealing with a peeping tom that is terrorizing teenage girls across Duluth. As it seems with most Mr. Freeman’s novels while the two ...more
Micky Cox
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Jonathan Stride series, this one is an interesting and intriguing twist. While set in current day, it revisits the cold case that made Jonathan take the path into law enforcement in the first place, the murder of his wife's sister. It had interesting twists and while you think you know who the killer is the potential suspect list keeps growing as he delves into the past. After all these years, is it a case worth solving or better off left alone ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars...
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
…” 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 gir
I love reading books with cold cases. I love the angles, the twists, and the clues that were never followed up on when the case was hot. A case that has detective Jonathan Stride reliving a past of family and a lost love. His wife, Cindy has passed on from cancer going on about 5 years now and before they were married, she lost her sister to a horrid crime in the woods, on July 4th. A special night that caused Cindy much grief... if only she had been there for her sister. A night that Jonny and ...more
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
IN THE DARK [2010] By Jonathan Freeman
My Review Five Stars*****

This novel is the author’s fourth installment of his popular Jonathan Stride series featuring the likable and incorruptible homicide lieutenant from Minnesota. The plot of Book 4 features the women in his life now, namely his lover the beautiful Serena Dial and his indelible diminutive partner Maggie Bei. Dial is recovering from the psychological impact and the physically disfiguring effects of her abduction by Blue Dog in the previo
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brian Freeman's Jonothan Stride novels are quickly becoming my favorite on going series. His deftness at writing engaging characters, broaching adult subjects without going overboard, and mixing wonderfully interesting plots with great twists and turns is really hard to beat.

Stride loved his late wife Cindy fiercely. Thirty years ago events happened in their lives that would change them both forever, especially Stride. As it happens, on the first night Stride and Cindy decide to take their relat
Scott Rhee
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brian Freeman's fourth book to feature detectives Jonathon Stride and Serena Dial, "In the Dark", is another great suspenseful read. In this one, Stride must re-open old wounds about his late wife, Cindy, who died of cancer, when one of her high school friends comes back into town. Tish Verdure has returned to write a book about the murder of Cindy's older sister, Laura, who was murdered when Stride and Cindy were in high school. The case was never officially solved, although an African-American ...more
Narrators: Joe Barrett, Carrington MacDuffie

4 stars for some tense moments, 2 stars for being such a depressing book (for me) and it will be awhile before I pick another Jonathan Stride book. It's another one of those all-but-the-kitchen-sink books - a cold case, murder, lesbian lovers, incest, characters who die that I wish had been spared...I both hated and "liked" this installment. "Like" only in that I wanted to know who killed Laura and stuck to the end
Tom Stadler
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Good plot concept, though hard to credit that every character comes from a disastrously broken family. Just a little soap opera for my taste. Also find it hard to believe young lovers are going off to have sex on a beach in the rain, even in Summer. I can think of many more appealing places for a first time. Not to mention no matter how hot the Summer, swimming in Lake Superior is a chilling experience. Author tends to overwrite scenes, nothing can happen simply, it always has to be extreme. I'v ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Not a fan of this. Over the top and all over the place. Half-way through I put it down and didn't bother picking it up again for two weeks, and you know if I do that with a mystery it's a bad sign. Normally I compulsively read even the bad ones, but this I just didn't care. ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Too much told in flashbacks, too many POV's--some from dead people. ...more
John E Mack
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Freeman writes remarkably well-rounded characters for a genre which is not famous for depth of characterization. His plot is also well-conceived. Lieutenant Jonathan Stride's late wife Cindy's sister Laura is brutally murdered on the Fourth of July, 1977. This is the same day as Stride and Stride and Cindy first made love. A vagrant black man is conveniently blamed, but escapes. A reporter who is a friend of Laura comes up from Atlanta to write a book about the murder and try to solve ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the Dark
Brian Freeman

Cindy Star was married to Jonathan Stride despite his mother’s apprehension and fears that she would lose her son to this young girl. Cindy died five years ago but author Brian Freeman has decided to allow readers to get to her know, how she and Jonathan connected the first time and what happens when she wants to share her experience with her sister, Laura. Coming home in total disarray and not wanting to even wash away one shred of evidence that she and Jonathan were tog
Bill Fox
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked up this book I did not realize it was #4 in a series. Even without reading the first three, I did not have any trouble following the story. That is not always true, but it was this time. The Watcher (which I see is also called In The Dark) is a fairly lengthy, albeit light-reading, book and there were places I did not read carefully. That did not seem to matter, although, since I did not guess "who did it," maybe I missed an important clue. There were several plot twists, some whic ...more
Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the Jonathan Stride series...I've read the last three in order and I'm liking these a lot! This one deals with Stride's past and what happened to him and his wife, Cindy, and her sister, Laura thirty years before. A woman from the past named Tish comes to Duluth. She is attempting to write a book about what happened to Laura on the 4th of July, 1977. Laura was brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. The crime was never satisfactorily solved but was blamed on a bl ...more
M. Sprouse
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I'll start with the positive. I've enjoyed this series as I'm reading them in order. I gave #3, "Stalked" five stars, unfortunately, this offering, "In the Dark" doesn't quite measure up. The good news is like the other's in the series, it is suspenseful, engaging and contains a authentic mystery.

The bad news is that this book is a bit depressing. There is only death and loss for almost all the characters, and nothing much positive for any of them. This might be realistic, but just too many cas
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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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