#TheNightBird by @bfreemanbooks

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.

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Like a shiny Christmas display, red brake lights flashed to life across five westbound lanes of the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge.

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(Thomas & Mercer, 1 February 2017, ebook, 364 pages, borrowed from @AmazonKindle, #PrimeReading)

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I’ve read and enjoyed other books by the author so was really looking forward to reading The Night Bird. I thought it was a great book and will definitely read more books in the series. I was hooked within a couple of pages and didn’t want to stop reading. The book opens with a bang with a violent, tragic event on one of San Francisco’s many bridges. My jaw hit the floor so hard it hurt like hell and I knew I had to keep reading to find out what was going on. This is the kind of thriller I love where so much happens and there are so many possible outcomes you have no idea how it’s all going to pan out. Who is the Night Bird and what does he want? Why is he targeting patients of a notorious psychologist who’ve all received her controversial treatment for phobias? I found this book completely engrossing and absorbing. I really didn’t like Francesca, the psychiatrist and could understand why her treatment which involved actually altering people’s memories of phobias and their triggers turned people against her. As the book proved, her treatment made it far too easy to control and manipulate people. I loved this.

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