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A stunning, clever and unputdownable thriller for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael ConnellyLieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby's disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wifA stunning, clever and unputdownable thriller for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael ConnellyLieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby's disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbours begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover and partner Serena find themselves on opposite sides of the case with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted. Meanwhile Stride's colleague Maggie and her headstrong young partner are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases - until a victim with ties to the doctor's case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer. As the threads of both investigations converge, the chase uncovers a series of revelations that may damn the doctor - or prove his innocence....

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The Burying Place Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-03-21 15:49

    The Burying Place, Brian Freeman’s fifth thriller in the Jonathan Stride series, seemed to me his darkest and perhaps his best yet. It gave me the creeps, the chills – you name it, I got it. I believe that’s what Freeman intended, and he was quite successful in creating the sense of fear and foreboding on every page. The opening scene is aptly set in thick fog; the mood throughout the novel is gloomy, sad, and uneasy.The baby of a successful surgeon and his beautiful wife is missing in the town of Grand Rapids, and Jonathan Stride is called in while on hiatus from his job as a Duluth police detective to assist with the case. His girlfriend, Serena Dial, is there to collaborate with him as well.Meanwhile, his long time police associate, Maggie Bei, is on a mission to apprehend a killer of women in a rural farm area near Duluth. It is on this case that we become acquainted with a young cop, Kasey Kennedy, who becomes involved when she is lost in the fog and stumbles upon one of the killer’s victims as she runs for her life. Kasey follows, takes a chance, and takes a shot. The man flees, and the woman is later found dead, her throat sliced with a garrote. No one is happy in this book. Stride is taking time off to recover from injuries suffered in his last case and is tormented by flashbacks. Serena is concerned and upset because Jonny won’t talk about what’s really bothering him. Dr. Marcus Glenn and his wife Valerie, on the surface a quintessential couple, are anything but perfect, and the disappearance of their young daughter brings all the defects to light.As the story progresses, we see more of Valerie’s sister Denise and her husband Tom, Kasey Kennedy, babysitter Micki, and the mystery man who is killing women in Duluth. All have flaws and secrets. The two cases run parallel, and as in the case of other Freeman thrillers, the story lines intersect. Once again we wonder, how are they related? Freeman does a masterful job of misdirecting our suspicions. Perhaps we want to believe it is any one of several characters simply because there are a number of them who are just plain not likable. Or they had a good motive. But I was surprised, not once, but twice. I have to think that in some way this was a difficult book for Brian Freeman to write. He puts his main characters at a crossroad and forces them to choose and move on. That made me incredibly sad, and though it is probably the most realistic circumstance at this phase of the series, readers become attached to characters and to the status quo, and I imagine that writers find sometimes find it painful to make changes that impact the lives of their characters. That’s all I can say without spoiling the story.I think this was probably the best of the Freeman’s books. I didn’t finish The Burying Place with a feeling of “Yes! That was a great book!” Rather, it evoked the feelings that I believe he wanted his readers to feel, and it was a very well told story. The only criticism I have is that I felt that some of his characters, particularly Dr. Glenn and Regan Conrad, are one-dimensional and stereotypical. That is a minor weakness, however, in a superbly written suspense thriller. Having recently met Brian Freeman at a library event and found him to be a very nice, courteous man, I am even more amazed at his ability to write such twisted suspense fiction novels.I look forward to reading more Jonathan Stride.5/5 stars

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-04-07 15:51

    Number 5 in the Jonathan Stride series- and I'm still loving it!! Best to start this from the beginning of the series- for as you read the books- the characters are all developing - some for the good, some for the bad- I'll say it again- I'm NOT a fan of SERENA and I hope she goes away - sooner rather than later- having said that - so far all the books are very good - keeps your interest- and fast reading !!

  • Matt Schiariti
    2019-04-12 14:43

    at the risk of sounding like a broken record, Brian Freeman is a love LOVE his novels...Burying Place is no exception. He's not afraid to put his protagonists through hell and he's just so good at making you feel for his characters.Burying place picks up shortly after In The Dark. Stride is on 'vacation', dealing with the trials of the last case he worked on in the previous novel. As always, his love Serena Dial is with him, but they're not without his issues. Stride is coming to terms dealing with his near death at the end of the novel. It's not a 'happily ever after' situation.During all this two cases happen concurrently. 1) a child of a wealthy power couple goes near where Stride and Serena have been taking some time away from the world and 2) a series of brutal murders of women has been taking place closer to home in Duluth. Maggie Bei is back of course and she draws the serial killer case. Stride is brought on by an old friend from the force for the child abduction and she's got her own personal reasons for doing so.In the midst of all this, Kacey Kennedy, a relatively green cop on the force actually encounters the man who's been butchering Duluth women while she gets lost while driving home in a horrible fog. Getting lost changes the course of her life forever.I don't want to give too much away about the book. That would be spoiling it for anybody who hasn't read it yet. Freeman's great at tackling multiple mysteries while still being able to handle drama on a personal level as well. Stride is collapsing more and more in on himself in teh wake of his near death experience and both his lover Serena and his long time partner and woman who harbors a love interest for him Maggie Bei, are both struggling to deal with it and help him out. If you read Stride by now you know he's not one to burden other people with his problems and taking it all upon himself may prove to be his undoing.As usual, Freeman points the reader in all kinds of directions. Was it the narcistic surgeon who disappeared the child? The lonely wife? Who's been killing women in the north farmlands for sport? Is Maggie really over her feelings for Stride?I will say that there were a couple of instances in the book that weren't that much of a surprise, but the ending was a BIG surprise. At first. Freeman's great as leaving clues, and subtle ones at that. When all is revealed at the end it's quite a surprise and a great twist but you'll realize that all the framework is there.The ending is satisfying but still leaves the door open for more which is fine by me. I enjoy all of his characters to a great extent and as long as he keeps writing them , I'll keep reading them!

  • Jan
    2019-04-13 16:11

    Stride is still recovering from his injuries when he, Serena and Maggie are pulled into service in a small Minnesota town. An infant is missing and 3 women have been murdered. The suspense is palpable and what actually occurred will blow your mind.

  • Darcy
    2019-03-20 12:51

    I think this is the first book where I am disappointed in Stride and hate Maggie a little, they both made a decision that has grave consequences. When this book starts we see Stride is in a bad place, still dealing with fall from the bridge that almost killed him in the last book. He seems to pull back into himself causing him and Serena to become strangers to each others. Serena can see this happening and doesn't know what to do other than just be there, but every day things become more and more awkward. The kidnapping of a child draws both of them back to work giving them something else to concentrate on. As the investigate they learn that these parents are not the picture perfect people their image projects. I find these parents to be selfish and am surprised that they can handle having a child around at all. There are times when each of them get the verbal slap down from various people and in each case they deserve it.In Duluth, Maggie is running things while Stride is gone. She runs across a serial killer. The turns that her case takes is surprising. I am not sure if this is the last book in the series or not. But I am sad with the direction that Serena took at the end, she really got the shaft.

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-03-28 11:46

    Wow! ! What a page turner! It definitely was not who I thought it was!!

  • Barb
    2019-03-21 07:52

    Good read, fast paced. Love that it was set in small town Minnesota. Will read more of this series.

  • Fran
    2019-04-03 14:52

    The Burying PlaceBrian FreemanKasey Kennedy is cop working for the Duluth Police Department and winds up coming face to face with a sadistic serial killer. Finding herself in danger as a result of trying to help another woman, Kasey might be sorry she ever stopped and listened to this woman’s rants. But, as a cop what could she do? The killer is haunting the visions of this woman and when they both come face to face with him what happens will envelop her in his deadly game. But, what really happens when she is dared and takes that final shot still remains to be seen?Jonathan Stride and Maggie Bei handle Major Crimes for the same police department yet neither would know Kasey. Kasey’s mob is to monitor reports of car parked in the woods, broken windows and other similar crimes. But traveling along at night in the cold Minnesota Winter she sees a woman come up to her screaming at the top of her lungs. Fearful, acting strange almost paranoid, Kasey tries to calm her when she relates she is a cop but what happens next you won’t believe and the killer taunts them both but what will the end result be?Our main character Jonathan Stride is recuperating from a major accident or fall. Plagued with panic attacks, reoccurring dreams about the fall he hides the truth about these attacks not only from his partner but also from his live in girlfriend Serena Dial. Remembering the fall, the horrific pain he relives the impact and much more. But, these attacks are hampering him from getting back to work until he is summoned by his partner and someone else to get involved in the case of a mission infant and four missing women. Three women disappeared from their homes in Duluth without a trace. Violent deaths and now a fourth has been discovered. But, there is much more as Denise Sheridan the Deputy Sheriff requests his help in finding the young infant who just happens to be her niece. Sleeping soundly in her crib in her bedroom how did this child disappear with her father home, checking on her and no sign of a break-in. Learning from Denise something about the father would send up red flags and make Stride look into his past, his actions that night and much more. Never leaving her daughter alone with her husband whose life was inconvenienced when his daughter was born, Valerie his wife usually hires a sitter. What happened that she did not? Delving more into the personality of Marcus Glenn we learn he is an orthopedic surgeon, self center, focused on his career and classifies people according to their economic stations or his own form of the caste system. As Stride talks to him he notices one bit of evidence that might shed some light or cast a definite shadow on the father as a suspect. Fearful and afraid of what might have happened to her niece, Denise hands the case over to Stride and his partner hoping they can find Callie. One man whose primary concern is himself and his career and one man when described reminds you of Dorian Grey. As Serena looks into the disappearance of Callie, goes through the scene, along the property of her home Maggie is dealing with victim four Susan Krauss and her death. But, this time there is a body and maybe with the help of Kasey Kennedy that might catch a killer. When questioned about the incident Kasey relates what she remembers but one specific action and one splatter might help identify him even though he managed to get away. So, why does she want to get involved in the case and why risk the wrath of the killer? Why would a young rookie cop want to deal with a homicidal killer? But, Jonathan meets the babysitter, questions her and learns that there is a definitely snag in Marcus’s story about that night and between Serena and questioning Micki the sitter they learn a a lot about Marcus and his relationship with his wife, his affairs and much more. Interviewing Valerie Glenn Serena hears first hand about their marriage, their relationship and you begin to wonder why she even stays. A crime so well orchestrated and well planned that no signs were left within the house or anywhere else as the author brilliantly leads us to the cemetery and we hear the voice of the person who took Callie and where she is now. Forward to Kasey Kennedy and the second case of the missing women and you wonder if both cases are not related. Blair Rowe a reporter tries to blackmail Jonathan into telling her more than she is entitled to know. Gun hoe to make a name for herself she is relentless when asking her questions and going after what she wants. As we meet a new player in this investigation she is a news reporter for the Herald named Blair Rowe who is gun hoe to make a name for herself at any cost. This reporter thinks Micki Vega the sitter and Marcus Glenn committed the crime to make poor Callie disappear. Meet Ellen Warner at nurse at St. Mary’s who enlightens Jonathan even more about the affairs that the doctor had. What she reveals you need to read for yourself and you begin to wonder just what kind of a hold does he have on his staff, would they lie for him, why are so many defending him and would he really take the life of his own child to free himself of the burden of taking care of her? Just who kidnapped this child and why?When Kasey arrives home she is startled and realizes her privacy and home have been violated. The message she receives would change her life and her encounter with him would haunt her forever. As Serena meets with Regan Conrad one of the women the doctor had an affair with and yet when described you would wonder why. Nick Garaldo enjoyed exploring a cave that he had all to himself but what he finds and what happens brings us closer to finding three bodies and the killer made sure he would be number four. Added into the mix is information shared by Regan Conrad with Serena about Micki that would shed more suspicion on her and her relationship with Marcus. Author Brian Freeman once again has penned a novel that will make you think the next time you hire a sitter, decide to explore a cave, marry a doctor for convenience or status and have a relationship with a cop like Stride whose personality changes all too often and whose needs do not seem to always remain the same. But, things change as one report named Blair Rowe continues her hot pursuit of what really happened to Callie and is taking as many prisoners as possible on her own. Learning about Marcus’s past, present and affairs, more about Regan Conrad the nurse who seems to know more than she should about his life and who tempts Valerie with some information she would rather forget and Micki who lost a child and is somehow connected to all of this but how? As the plot begins to get more tangled and we meet Tom Sheridan married to Denise, learn more about Marcus and begin to see his cold and mean side even more we learn that Valerie is no shrinking violet but where is Callie? Kasey has agreed to help with the investigation to find the killer who seems fixated on her and is taunting her with messages and invading her life. Able to leave messages, seen yet not caught could it be someone that is hiding in plain sight? Just who has Callie? Who is buried in the woods? What did Nick see and who killed him and why? Are both cases connected?A killer so smart, clever and elusive you will never figure out who is behind the murders and who kidnapped Callie and why. When the spotlight shines on Marcus and the truth about Valerie comes out will their marriage hold together or will they fall apart? What happens when Serena learns the truth about Jonathan and will Maggie be the wedge that comes between them? Just how this all plays out you will have to read for yourself as the climatic ending will send chills all over you and the final outcome will make you wonder just who is hiding in plain sight in front of you and who are your real friends and who is creating a burying place for those he/she does not want found. An old school, an old armory, two cops caught in the crossfire, many lies, betrayals, deceits and distrust in a town where everyone knows everyone even the killer. Who lives? Who dies and who remains buried forever only author Brian Freeman can answer these questions and he prefers that you read the book and find out for yourself.Fran Lewis: reviewer

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-31 16:00

    Lt. Jonathan Stride is recovering since his ordeal that took place in the prior novel; In the Dark. Maggie Bei, Stride’s partner has been keeping Stride in the loop about an ongoing investigation case. The case is in regards to several women have gone missing in the past few months. Maggie has just found body number four.Denise Sheridan works as Deputy Sheriff for Itasca. She comes to pay Stride a visit. Denise needs Stride to investigate a missing person’s case for her. Rich, surgeon, Marcus Glenn reported his eleven month old daughter, Callie missing. Denise would like to take on the case but she can’t due to a conflict of issue. Marcus is her brother in law. Stride and Maggie will both be challenged in The Burying Place. They will have to watch their backs or they could be the next ones buried. Another fine read by Mr. Freeman. I have read pretty much all of Mr. Freeman’s books except for In the Dark. Which I still plan on reading. I was blown away by Mr. Freeman’s debut novel, Immortal and knew that this author would be big, even before the hype really started spreading. I could tell that I had missing a little by not reading In the Dark, as there was some reference to why Stride was on leave and recovering but nothing that really took away from this book or the story line. Speaking of story lines, this one had some well placed twists and plenty of intensity. All of the female leads in this book were strong, confident women. I liked this. Plus they matched well with Stride. Don’t let The Burying Place get buried on your tbr or wish list. Start reading this book today.

  • Marleen
    2019-04-01 10:43

    From the ratings given by other readers, I expected more from this book. I like to try out new mystery/thriller authors, and it appears this one doesn’t live up to my expectations, I’m sorry to say.Both plots, on one side the kidnapped baby, and on the other side the farmland killer, were drawn out without much progress in the investigation. It felt like the investigators were more preoccupied by their personal lives than their current caseload. I don’t know any of these characters, and I don’t know the lead the detective, Stride, having never read the previous books, but personally, I thought he behaved like an empty shell - all the time, almost like a cardboard persona, and that's not because he cheated so callously on his girlfriend. It's because the author didn't give him any colors or personality. So yes, I was disappointed, and not only by the behavior of the protagonists (perpetrators and investigators alike) but by the story-telling as well.All these broken people remind me a bit of the Trent books by Karin Slaughter, but at least in Slaughter's books, you experience more authenticity & gravitas and ultimately that's more satisfying.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-03 16:11

    So far, I think this is my favorite Brian Freeman. I wondered if I was going to enjoy it as the cover has a bloody shovel partially buried in snow. I tend to dislike books with snow as a major part of the plot. Maybe because winter here in Canada can be so cold and miserable sometimes and I don't want to relive it. However, The Burying Place does not centre itself around snow, it's just a minor irritation in the background. Never judge a book by it's cover, they say. I usually do though. It's a good thing I'm drawn to a lot of covers!Stride is still a grumpy Gus. He seems to be getting worse as now he is having some pretty vivid flashbacks accompanied by blacking out. And there's a massive strain on the relationship between him and Serena. But they are draw into a lost baby case together where their life together must take a backseat. And let's not forget the missing women and one murder that's running simultaneously. The missing baby's father, an egotistical surgeon, looks to be their prime suspect but appears squeaky clean. This is a fast paced thriller with the usual twists and turns.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-16 11:04

    This was another good book in the Jonathan Stride series. It held my attention all the way through but I did feel it was a little long. Sometimes with mystery/thrillers, I feel as though the author tries too hard to blow our socks off and the book/story suffers some - this is a fine line for me and came so close to being crossed in this book.When Marcus is woke at 1am he finds that his daughter, Callie, is missing. And the search begins. So many irons in the fire, lies uncovered and truths to be told that just when you think the author is going left, he turns right but that's what we all love isn't it? Twists.I'm sure the book can be read as a stand alone novel but there's a lot of backstory in this one that you wouldn't know about if you hadn't read the previous books in this series. Not to mention, if you're a freak like me and it's series, it must be read in order. There is no other way. I would never, could never just pick book 5 in a series and read it as a stand alone. Nope.

  • Mike
    2019-04-10 10:43

    Brian Freeman comes with another very solid entry in the Jonathan Stride series, this one nominated for best novel 2011 and deservedly so. Freeman not only gives you complex but credible plots, he also paints his characters as complete people, good and/or bad. It also doesn't hurt that he is a great storyteller and you will find yourself still reading this long after your bedtime.

  • Brenda
    2019-03-26 07:53

    This was a very good book that continued the Stride-Serena-Maggie saga. Brian Freeman puts his characters into dark places and then has them figure out where to go from there. I loved their interactions and look forward to the next book. I have to admit Serena is not my favorite. Oh, and yes, there were crimes to be solved. They were scary, emotional, and resolved with a twist.

  • Carrie
    2019-04-14 08:11

    This was good except for Stride cheating on Serena.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-02 15:45

    I thought I had this mystery figured out but I didn't. This is a great series! Read in order.

  • Veronica Hernandez
    2019-04-16 08:41

    Another great Read... mystery, suspense and much more...

  • Karen
    2019-03-29 12:48

    Spoilers aheadYou don't realize you meet the kidnapper in the prologue. Yes, Casey the cop, is the kidnapper. Casey took Callie because her baby had just died. It's a great listen in some ways, but I didn't really like the narrator. Stride cheats on Serena with Maggie. Serena finds out. In one way I thought how did the police miss such a big clue on the woman killer. Wouldn't a good detective as the husband about house alarms and how recently it was installed. That to me was a big mistake. Casey killed 2 women to protect her secret of taking Callie. The police thought the woman killer did it. The killer knew Casey did it and that's why he called her a bad girl. Casey eventually killed the woman killer. Marcus is not Callie's father. He had a vasectomy 2 weeks after telling his wife, Valerie, that they could try for a baby. What an ass!I was glad Valerie didn't commit suicide in the end. The author makes it very dramatic that Valerie was going to do that. Overall good action. Not sure I like the characters well enough to listen again. I liked Maggie until she got together with Stride. I really liked Serena. First book I've listened to out of the series.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-20 13:49

    It was okay as far as plot and writing. I thought the characters were pretty well developed, however I did not find any character that I really liked and rooted for. I have not read any other book in this series, so that may have influenced me. I got enough of the back story to follow everyone, so the book as a stand-alone is pretty good. I will say that I listened to the audio book and NO. That may have influenced my rating also. While I appreciate inflection I absolutely HATE when men try to do womens voices (and women try to do men's voices). It just doesn't work. I would rather they read the dialogue in their own voices and use dramatic tones, rather than try to do the falsetto/bass badly. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. Overall a pleasant read although no real shocking surprises for me.

  • Katherine
    2019-03-20 12:56

    This is another installment in the Jonathon Stride series, and they just keep getting better and better.Beginning with two separate crimes the detective is called back into service following an accident to work on one of the crimes, while Maggie researches the other crime. Both situations grow in tension and momentum and the reader swings from one crime to the next in a seamless transition. Stride and his teams piece the puzzle together for a startling ending. This book is not only page turning suspense, it also gives readers more insight into Stride's personality and relationships between his partner and his personal life. Set in the industrial city of Duluth, and the wild north woods, this is an excellent blend of mystery and psychological suspense.

  • Danielle Gonzalez
    2019-04-11 09:03

    This story picks up a couple of months after the last one. Stride is out of town recuperating from his fall in the previous case. He is approached by a detective in that town to assist in a missing baby case. In addition, someone is hunting women and making them disappear. The way that these two crimes are connected is woven very strategically. This was a really good story with horrific crimes and Stride dealing with his physical and emotional injuries from the fall. As he works on the case and deals with his injuries, he finds Serena and him falling further apart. A significant event may jeopardize their future forever. I liked this story and I love the way Brian Freeman moves us through his psychological thrillers.

  • Richard Powell
    2019-03-29 14:09

    Brian Freeman is getting to be like a good habit. Checked out his first book by accident (Immoral) and decided to read it anyway. (Too cold to go back to library) Since then I've followed Stride and his friends and consider ways to match his plots in my own works. I still feel like the deputy's downfall was a dirty trick and shared that with him in an email. I am sure it still gives him a chuckle as well. Even though he was honored at the Edgars for a non-Stride work, I hope he continues with this series as well and does not abandon these old friends

  • Alexa Widman
    2019-04-18 15:52

    The book "The Burying Place" written by Brian Freeman is classified as a modern thriller. It tests and pushes the limits of family members, community members, and work members. Lieutenant Stride is pushed to the breaking point when his case is abruptly coming to a halt. His breaking point ends when he stumbles across a new crime scene that will change direction of the entire case. Where will the next twist of the novel take Lieutenant Stride? In the book "The Burying Place" you are inside the head of Lieutenant Stride, you read the way he thinks, and how this case takes a toll on his mind and body. This mystery thriller will make you read cover to cover, due to the fact of suspense and twists.

  • Jenny Anast Conlon
    2019-04-19 12:11

    Best one yet! #5 of the Jonathan Stride series. This one really flowed, was a thrilling read. I always thought something was off about his relationship with Serena (granted it's often mentioned) and I was growing tired of them but I found myself sad to see them break up. Unsure how I feel about him and Maggie. I'm hoping she hooks up with Troy and becomes a mom to his two girls.

  • Miratell
    2019-03-30 13:41

    It's a good twisty story, but I found it depressing because practically everyone in it (including Stride and Maggie) were being assholes most of the time. They were definitely being human, but I need someone to root for in a book, and I just wanted to slap everyone (except Serena - the one person acting like a decent person throughout).

  • Tj
    2019-04-08 12:56

    The Burying Place is fast past and enough twists and turns to keep any mystery/suspense reader intrigued. The audio on this however - NO. Joe Barrett's regular reading voice is good. When he speaks for the characters, the train goes off the tracks. The accents switch mid-sentence at times. It was a little weird.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-23 16:06

    Good book, lots of twists and turns, just when I thought I was going to get an answer to the story, it switched. My only complaint - did you have to go there with Maggie and Stride? Find a lady and stick with it. Not saying it has to be all roses and sunshine but still.

  • Madeleine
    2019-03-31 11:09

    chilling story of how profoundly a child (or lack of) can affect a mother's psyche

  • FransLeemker
    2019-04-16 08:03

    Verwarrend. Veel personages met veel onderlinge relaties. Zowel bij verdachten als bij politie. Onnodig veel slachtoffers.

  • Sheree Rose
    2019-04-16 10:43

    GreatThis is the authors best yet. Again had no real clues till the end who stole the baby. This kept you guessing all the way throughout the story.