Play Dead (Elise Sandburg Series #1)
Her USA Today bestseller, Sleep Tight, was called "compelling and real-a great read" by Andrea Kane. "Guaranteed to keep you awake at night," raved Lisa Jackson. Now, Anne Frasier takes readers to the dark side of Savannah, where a female homicide detective must confront the truth about her own past in order to stop a twisted serial killer...
Things get hot by mid book...alot of murders happening, until ...more
I mean the relationship between the two characters was a given.
Almost predictable in my book. But it was a quick read, so I might read the rest in this series.
Frasier is apparently known for some horrific murder mysteries, but P ...more
Ironically, after I finished the book I realized that I've recently read another book by Frasier (HUSH) and while I enjoyed that one, I adored this novel.
Set in the sweltering south amid voodoo lore and "root doctoring" (a phrase I had ...more
Play dead was a free kindle book i picked up on recommendation from a colleague. as such, i had done no research on what the book was about, so this was a complete surprise, and didnt go where i expected.
The book concerns a series of "murders" where men are waking up during autopsy,or coming back from the dead, but the last thing i expected was for the book to lead in a mystical voodoo direction.
The detectives were suitably flawed - Da ...more
A medical examiner is flying solo on a forensic exam. He has sent home his assistant because a storm is pending, electing to stay and finish the exam. As he's about to make the first cut in the infamous Y incision, the body moves and groans. Horrified, he ultimately holds a mirror ...more
The story begins in the morgue, where some bodies are discovered of people who are not actually dead; rather, they have been paralyzed by the toxin TTX, or Tetrodotoxin. TTX is a naturally occurring p ...more
The story features the main characters detectives Elise and David are thrown together when David resigns from the FBI and comes to live and work in savannah. Elise isn't happy with David who is secretive about his past, weird, has a drinking problem and an even bigger attitude problem that stop ...more
"Evil doesn't need a reason to exist."
Left as a baby in a cemetery because of her strange eyes, the daughter of a conjure man, Elise explores her past in an attempt to solve horrific TTX-related murders. It takes her into a world of black magic, where she came from and desperately has tried to put away in favor of a "more reasonable" life as a detective.
I read the two books in this series (Play Dead and Stay Dead) in reverse order. Play Dead is the first in the series and I think it is the cre ...more
I won't say it failed miserably, but it left me very disappointed by the end. I'm a simple girl too, lots of time gaps bother me, along with constantly changing the point of view with the story. Sometimes it can be fine effectively, but in this book, it was done way to frequently, and sometimes it took me a page or so to figure out the POV had changed.
I also ...more
There wasn't much character development as I would have liked to see in the main character. The use of root magic as a plot driver could have been developed more as well
Nice twist at the end. Debating on picking up number 2.
This is the first book in the Elise Sandburg series by Anne Frasier. In this book, we are introduced to Elise, a homicide detective in Savannah, Georgia. Because of her strange background, Elise is sensitive to all different kinds of spirituality, especially those things that come from black magic and the darker arts. And someone is murdering people who seem to ha ...more
Right from the get go, this book intrigued me. The premise is so unusual and so interesting that it just pulled me right in. And, hone ...more
Elise is a detective, and also a struggling single mom. She has ultimately sacrificed her relationship with her daughter to her job, preferring to think of her daughter as having a more whole and normal life living with her Dad and step-mom. David ...more
Elise was a competent and respected woman yet vulnerable when it came to her daughter, Audrey. Her partner on the force, David Gould, has many imperfections with ghosts su ...more
I really liked Elise as a character - she's flawed, strong, has an interesting past and a mystery to her origins which comes directly into play with the main plot line. She has a teenager daughter who is reluctant to have anything to do ...more
On a side note, I was very surprised when (view spoiler)[David visits his wife at Sussex I maximum security prison in Virginia, as the prison is within view of my old house. However, ...more
This is the second book I've read by Anne Frasier. The first was Hush which I absolutely loved. Play Dead cements Anne Frasier at the top of my list of favorite mystery/thriller writers.
As with Hush the core of this novel is the characters. Frasier seems to be able t ...more
In this cunning mystery, someone is kidnapping victims, torturing them and then dumping them, leaving them as if dead all over the city. Except they're not quite dead. Some of them wake up in the morgue after the pronouncement of death and officials soon realize the killer is giving the vic ...more
Play Dead is, on the surface, a police procedural with paranormal connotations. Delve a little deeper, however, and the voodoo cult-like acceptance of Victorian era myths enriched in Savannah become paramount to the character's psyche and their interactions amongst themselves. 'Play Dead' is an engrossing story involving an atypical murder case turned serial and the fly on the wall police perspective of those as ...more
The main character is a cop, Elise, who was found as a baby in a cemetary in Savannah, Geo ...more
Definitely keeps your attention
This was my first Anne Frasier book, and it kept my attention. I have never read books that dealt with the subject of voodoo and private investigation. I liked the way she was able to intertwine the two fairly easily. I would like to give it a 3.5. I could tell that she was setting the characters to return in a series, and since I like her flawed heroes, I know I'll return.