Review: The Ursulina by Brian Freeman

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

The mythical beast goes by many names. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti.

In Black Wolf County, he’s called … the Ursulina.

But to Deputy Rebecca Colder, the beast is no myth. A serial killer has taken on the identity of the monster–and with each body left behind, there’s a chilling message written in blood. I am the Ursulina.

In this gripping follow-up novel to his Edgar Award finalist and New York Times bestseller The Deep, Deep Snow, Brian Freeman takes us on Rebecca’s dark journey to reveal the truth about the Ursulina … a journey that ultimately leads to an excruciating choice that will change her life forever.



My Thoughts:

The Ursulina a is prequel to The Deep Deep Snow; not having read it, I don’t feel it is necessary to do so before enjoying The Ursulina. If you can tolerate grizzly murder scene descriptions, I recommend diving into The Ursulina.

The author’s writing style and skilled plot layering made me a fan. I thoroughly enjoyed the multiple character subplots and storylines. There is one unexpected twist after another, which kept me on my toes, and the big reveal at the end was quite a shock! There are many monsters in the small town of Random; beside Ursulina, the folks of Random, are battling other monsters like sexism, greed and hatred. There is an endless source of things to fear in this small town!

The intricate details and the story layout hooked me. The blend of legend, folklore and murder mystery intrigued me. The best part though, was the author’s characterization of Rebecca Colder and his use of her voice as the narrator. It felt ironic to have the story of a clearly male-dominated town be told by a woman.


About the Author: 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 series, and his novel THE BOURNE EVOLUTION was named one of the Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020 by Kirkus.

Brian’s seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His novel THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

For more information on Brian’s books, visit his web site at or find him on Facebook at or Twitter and Instagram (@bfreemanbooks).

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