The Night Bird

The Night Bird
by Brian Freeman
Published by Thomas & Mercer, Seattle
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Synopsis:

“Homicide detective Frost Easton doesn’t like coincidences. When a series of bizarre deaths rock San Francisco—as seemingly random women suffer violent psychotic breaks—Frost looks for a connection that leads him to psychiatrist Francesca Stein. Frankie’s controversial therapy helps people erase their most terrifying memories…and all the victims were her patients.

As Frost and Frankie carry out their own investigations, the case becomes increasingly personal—and dangerous. Long-submerged secrets surface as someone called the Night Bird taunts the pair with cryptic messages pertaining to the deaths. Soon Frankie is forced to confront strange gaps in her own memory, and Frost faces a killer who knows the detective’s worst fears.

As the body count rises and the Night Bird circles ever closer, a dedicated cop and a brilliant doctor race to solve the puzzle before a cunning killer claims another victim.”

 

Review:

This is classified as a psychological thriller, and had some really interesting plot twists.  The premise for the book is original and very engaging, and I read the book in one sitting.  My biggest gripe, and for some this wouldn’t be an issue, is the name of the psychiatrist.  Frankie Stein, really?  This was purposefully done so the author could throw some Frankenstein jokes in there about the Frankie being a psychiatrist and playing God with her patients minds much like Dr. Frankenstein played God and created a monster.  However, they were so forced they upended the flow of the book and I don’t know how the beta readers didn’t force a name change before publication.

All things considered, I enjoyed the authors style and how he didn’t try to get too involved in unnecessary details that would slow the book down.  I do wish we would have gotten some more background on who Frost is at least.  He doesn’t feel completely fleshed out for our hero and the resolution of the story didn’t resolve many of the things troubling him.  He did his job as a detective and solved the case, but there are a lot of loose ends in his personal life that are still hanging out there waiting to be addressed.  One thing that I did appreciate is that he isn’t using alcohol/drugs to forget the terrible things he has seen.  All in all, he seems fairly well grounded with a good sense of morality which was unexpected and refreshing.

The book was also clean with very little language  or sex.  Being a thriller there is a bit blood and violence, but by no means is it excessive.  All in all this was a fun read and one that I will probably flip through again at a later date.

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