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The Burying Place

(Jonathan Stride #5)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,324 ratings  ·  287 reviews
A stunning, clever and unputdownable thriller for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby's disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wif
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Headline
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Kylie D
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
I really enjoy Brian Freeman's books, and this one is no exception. In The Burying Place a baby goes missing from her bed with no signs of forced entry. In a separate incident a young policewoman stumbles across a heinous crime while lost in a fog. Along with three other missing women, Jonathan Stride has his work cut out for him. He's still recovering from a brutal fall from which he's suffering from panic attacks. He and Serena are drifting apart, with neither of them seemingly able to fix the ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen DeLuca
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 5 in the Jonathan Stride series- and I'm still loving it!! Best to start this from the beginning of the series- for as you read the books- the characters are all developing - some for the good, some for the bad- I'll say it again- I'm NOT a fan of SERENA and I hope she goes away - sooner rather than later- having said that - so far all the books are very good - keeps your interest- and fast reading !!
Paula Brandon
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Stride and his partner Serena Dial get involved in the case of baby Cassie Glenn, who has disappeared from her home. The prime suspect seems to be her arrogant surgeon father, Marcus Glenn. On the same night, young cop Kasey Kennedy gets lost in the fog and stumbles across a woman on the run from a serial killer. Despite her attempts to save the woman and catch the killer, the victim winds up dead and the killer still on the run...and now he wants Kasey to be his next victim!

Great thril
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Stride is still recovering from his injuries when he, Serena and Maggie are pulled into service in a small Minnesota town. An infant is missing and 3 women have been murdered. The suspense is palpable and what actually occurred will blow your mind.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the ratings given by other readers, I expected more from this book. I like to try out new mystery/thriller authors, and it appears this one doesn’t live up to my expectations, I’m sorry to say.
Both plots, on one side the kidnapped baby, and on the other side the farmland killer, were drawn out without much progress in the investigation. It felt like the investigators were more preoccupied by their personal lives than their current caseload. I don’t know any of these characters, and I don’t
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictional-crime
Wow! ! What a page turner! It definitely was not who I thought it was!!
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read, fast paced. Love that it was set in small town Minnesota. Will read more of this series.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Maddie butler
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was full of suspense and mystery, it had it all but the kitchen sink. It a two for one deal. It had two stories that tied together in the end, and boy did it tie. In most books the climb to the end is the worst then there’s the big jump that ties everything together. This book had me on the edge of my seat. It would jump back and worth between the stories but it left you on a cliff hanging.
On a cold night a baby is taken. All fingers point to the father. Given his past he looked guilt
Micky Cox
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give series books a full five star rating as they often remain a good entertaining read, but become somewhat predictable over time. This book is the 5th in the series and is so far the absolute best. I totally didn't see the twist coming and upon reviewing the events in my mind realize I should have, but the hints were so subtle that I glossed over them. I love the character development and the plotting as the characters have a realistic depth to them while the plots are multilayered. I ...more
Mike Kennedy
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brian-freeman
I listened to the audio version of this book, and I was not disappointed. Jonathan Stride is recovering from his injuries sustained in the previous novel, In The Dark. He is staying in a cabin near Grand Rapids when the sheriff calls on him to investigate a kidnapping. Meanwhile Maggie, Stride’s right hand, is back in Duluth investigating a serial killer who is murdering women on farms outside the city. She enlists a young cop who came across one of the murders while it was happening. As usual w ...more
Roger Scherping
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first Jonathan Stride book I've given less than a 5. I always knew there was a book where he and Maggie had an affair, and now I that I've finally read it, I was disappointed. It didn't seem realistic to me at all. It just doesn't seem like something Stride would have done, despite the circumstances.
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another good book in the Jonathan Stride series. It held my attention all the way through but I did feel it was a little long. Sometimes with mystery/thrillers, I feel as though the author tries too hard to blow our socks off and the book/story suffers some - this is a fine line for me and came so close to being crossed in this book.

When Marcus is woke at 1am he finds that his daughter, Callie, is missing. And the search begins.

So many irons in the fire, lies uncovered and truths to be
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Brian Freeman comes with another very solid entry in the Jonathan Stride series, this one nominated for best novel 2011 and deservedly so. Freeman not only gives you complex but credible plots, he also paints his characters as complete people, good and/or bad. It also doesn't hurt that he is a great storyteller and you will find yourself still reading this long after your bedtime.
Scott Rhee
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Brian Freeman's fifth (and hopefully not final) book in the Stride/Dial series, "The Burying Place", carries on the suspense and drama one has come to expect from Freeman. With the snowy backdrop of Grand Rapids, Minnesota as the setting, Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial take on a heavy caseload. A baby has been kidnapped from the home of the city's wealthiest couple. Also, a serial killer is on the loose, targeting young women. Can the two cases possibly be related? Freeman weaves an ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
All of my Brian Freeman books will have the same review. I have read all of his books and really consider his writing to be something "flying under the radar". I have a couple of authors that I feel that about. Brian Freeman's works are on a list of works that I recommend all the time. He is a must read in my book.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love the character Maggie; chapter 26, after a long wait through 4 books; read these books in order for full inpact
Veronica Hernandez
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great Read... mystery, suspense and much more...
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had this mystery figured out but I didn't. This is a great series! Read in order.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve made notes, as I usually do, while reading this book. I wonder if other readers will have the same reactions.
To start off with: I admire Brian Friedman’s use of beautiful prose. He’s good. Another good thing about Brian’s descriptive prose is that is that he doesn’t let it run on and on. I’ve read books that take you so off-track with descriptive writing, that it’s hard to find your way back. Brian throws in just enough.
Brian’s exceptionally good at pulling along several plots in a cohesive
Danelle  @ Our-Wolves-Den
To be honest this is the first book I have ever read by Brian Freeman. I happened to pick it up on a whim and am so glad I did. I will not go through the whole synopsis of the book because that can be read in the description.

What I didn't realize until I got home that this was a series, which concerned me at first. Lo and behold this is a fantastic novel as a stand-alone. Granted there is an obvious back story with Stride but enough was mentioned that it didn't interrupt the flow of the read. On
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started off with me thinking: "Why is this the first time I am reading this author?" As the book went forward I started wondering: "Why am I reading this author?" I do need to say the ending maneuver really made the book jump up from a 2 to a 3. Just to get there; Too much relationship background and nonsense. I skipped a couple chapters since it was audio. Too much female drama even while major action; "Who thinks Like this when the action is so intense?" Too many dramatic moments lik ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 has also been selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bo ...more

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