Review: The Zero Night by Brian Freeman

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

A woman has been kidnapped.Now Jonathan Stride must decide if her husband wants her back … dead or alive.

After nearly dying of a gunshot wound, Jonathan Stride has been on leave from the Duluth Police for more than a year. When his partner, Maggie Bei, gets called about a suspicious abduction involving a local lawyer, she tells Stride it’s time for him to come back.

Attorney Gavin Webster says he paid $100,000 in ransom money to the men who kidnapped his wife. Now they’ve disappeared with the cash, and she’s still missing.

Gavin claims to be desperate to find her–but Stride discovers that the lawyer had plenty of motive to be the mastermind behind the crime.

Even as Stride digs for the truth about Gavin Webster and his wife, he must also deal with a crisis in his own marriage.

His wife, Serena, is struggling after the death of her mother, the abusive woman she hadn’t seen in twenty-five years. When she loses control at a crime scene and draws her gun on a fellow cop, Serena finds herself kicked off the Webster case. Alone at her desk, she begins hunting through old police files and starts to ask questions about a mother’s death that was written off as suicide. That death haunts Serena like an echo of her own childhood–but her obsession with it takes a terrible toll.

As Serena shuts him out of her despair, and his own investigation grows increasingly tangled, Stride wonders whether going back to his detective work was the right decision. But all he can do is keep moving forward. Because Stride fears the Webster kidnapping may be only one part of a horrific murder conspiracy.

And it’s not over yet.

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-zero-night-a-jonathan-stride-novel-the-jonathan-stride-series-book-11-by-brian-freeman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60196172-the-zero-night

My Thoughts:

Absolutely additive!  I would not have guessed that The Zero Night by Brian Freeman is the eleventh book in the series.  The backstory and character development were so good that I had no problem diving into the book as if it was the first in the series.

This is a seemingly straightforward police mystery about an abduction. However, as the story evolves, the plot thickens as secondary characters enter the story.  Serena figuratively lays open like a book as her history takes the spotlight in her mind when similar situations for secondary characters become known. Her husband, and fellow officer, stoically faces his own challenges.  Together they not only work to solve a crime but to save their marriage.

Mr. Freeman’s crisp writing, the tight plot with ample twists and escalating tension made The Zero Night impossible to put down! 

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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.

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

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