The Night Bird – Brian Freeman

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.

The book is a compelling read with an inventive and twisting mystery.

It’s full of twist and turns and surprises. You may think you have the entire mystery figured out by the time you are at the middle of the book, but boy Oh! Boy you are wrong. The prose, the plotting and the characterisation compel non stop reading.

Brian’s characters are noteworthy and unforgettable and his use of San Francisco as a backdrop is quite an accomplishment.

Frost Easton, the main protagonist is quirky but enjoyable. Francesca is warm and endearing. Lucy is exasperating. Pam is a bitch. Jason is a motherfucker, oh and Shack is awesome, the male tuxedo cat named after the explorer Shackleton whose is also the owner of Frost’s house. (Yep, you read it right)

This book got me thinking.

  • Is it possible to manipulate the human mind?
  • Is it possible to erase toxic memories?
  • Is it possible to grow, develop, live if we erase memories?
  • Is it possible that music can influence the mind in a negative way ?

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