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The sleepy town of Tuonela, Wisconsin, is known for one thing: the killer who stalked its streets one hundred years ago, drinking the blood of his victims. And when the drained corpse of a young girl is found, the citizens fear their past has risen from the grave--and point their fingers at one man....

Evan Stroud can never see the light of day. The prisoner of a strange an
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Onyx
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Tammie
I found the story interesting and creepy, but it gets a low score from me for too much bad language and a cheesy sex seen in a morgue, of all places! At least it was on the floor and not the autopsy table! There was a bit more gore than I want to read as well.
Barbara ★
I really enjoyed this book. The mystery was captivating and the whole vampire back story was very intriguing. The Pale Immortals (a group of teenagers who want to be vampires) are doing really bad things and are led by a man in the town. He's a total whack job. This is the first book I've read from Anne Frasier and I will be reading more. Apparantly there is a sequel to this book. I have to figure out what that is and continue the story. I liked the "vampire" Evan Stroud and the coroner Rachel B ...more
Julia
Feb 05, 2009 Julia rated it liked it
Far less supernatural than I'd hoped and expected, without any real vampire action, so to speak - if you're looking to get a vampire fix, look elsewhere. I consider this more 'standard horror', a genre that has never interested me much. That said, Frasier writes well; I enjoyed the book for what it is, laughed several times at dialogue and certain character's thoughts, and found I could consume the book rapidly & easily. The overall tone and focus on characters reminded me of Stephen King's ...more
Amy
Sep 13, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the connections between the characters and the uniqueness of many of them. The story was woven together in a way that keeps you guessing, even at the last sentence. However, I didn't find the storyline itself to be very unique...a bit standard horror/mystery. Also, I thought there was more gore than was necessary for telling the story well (and I like scary books). It's an easy read and not a waste of time, but It's not a must-read.
Stacey *RoseyCheeksReviews*
Mar 02, 2012 Stacey *RoseyCheeksReviews* rated it it was amazing
this book had my interest on the first page, but it was the title and the front cover that caught my attention. while i got into the book i started to really grasp the conflict . i mean if i was a character in the book i would be rachel and that would mean that i would get the pale immortal ;)
Brigit
Oct 06, 2011 Brigit rated it it was amazing
exciting from the first page.. new author for me and will definitely read alot more..!
Vivian
Jan 10, 2017 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Graham was running. He had to get away. Away from his mother who beat him senselessly, from a town he hated and from people that didn't care. He ran to the man he was told was his father. A man who was known by many in Old Tuonela. Known for being mysterious and dangerous.

Evan couldn't believe it was happening. After more than 16 years he was supposed to believe he was someone's father? He avoided everyone and everything since he'd taken ill. Not able to out during the day or anywhere where the
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Tracee Gleichner
Jun 27, 2013 Tracee Gleichner rated it really liked it
To be honest, I was not familiar with Anne Frasier. I ran across her on Myspace and was drawn to her books because they were set in Wisconsin, my home state. I approached her to see if she would be willing to submit a book for review, and she was more than happy to oblige. I am thankful, as this was a fantastic read and really drew me in from the very beginning.

This book is set in the sleepy town of Tuonela, Wisconsin – a town that is notorious for the “Pale Immortal” – a serial killer who stal
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Juliet
Sep 20, 2014 Juliet rated it it was amazing
The one thing the town of Tounela, Wisconsin is known for is the infamous Pale Immortal Richard Manchester who allegedly killed a hundred people drinking their blood. Some thought he was a vampire and buried him in a manner so he couldn’t return from the grave. Since his death a century ago, there hasn’t been a murder committed in town. A cult of high school students calling themselves Pale Immortals dig up his body and let it be found by the police for reasons of their own. Graham, a high schoo ...more
Dokusha
Jan 14, 2014 Dokusha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Dieses Buch rangiert irgendwo zwischen Psychothriller und Horror. Teilweise ist es schon recht heftig, was die gute Anne Frasier dem Leser zumutet, und empfindliche Gemüter sollten die Finger davon lassen. Das nur als Warnung vorab.
Nichtsdestotrotz ist es ein spannendes Buch. Blutlose Leichen werden gefunden, und die Einwohner denken natürlich sofort an einen Serienmörder von früheer, der sich als Vampir ausgab - oder womöglich tatsächlich einer war? Eine Gruppe Jugendlicher betrachtet sich als
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Terry
Sep 05, 2016 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like vampires stories ...

You will like this book. But I'm not a big fan, and some of the scenes were too disjointed to make much sense. When Graham was in there OT church, and his buddies had gone, the way it was written, it was as if Graham was back with them. Confusing. Then the grand finale had so many chase scenes and too-fast violent interactions between characters, it was difficult to stay interested. Like, get to the point! Make an ending already! Frasier is a good writer, I've rea
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B.L. Hewitt
Nov 15, 2013 B.L. Hewitt rated it really liked it


Pale Immortal is a brilliant experiment into the myth of a vampire. Set in a small Wisconsin town trying to resurrect itself from a haunted past, filled with small town superstition and small town minds. When a young girl turned up dead with all her blood drained from her body, tongues start wagging and fingers start pointing to the strange young man that lives in their midst who never shows his face in the sunlight.
Evan Stroud is afflicted with a rare disease that keeps him in the darkness, onl
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Shelley
Sep 30, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller

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When I started this I didn't really know what to expect as I wasn't sure it was the usual paranormal stuff. Having finished it I have had to make a new shelf for it as I still don't know what category it falls under. It doesn't really fit, horror or thriller and I wouldn't call it paranormal either even if a couple of the characters exhibit signs of paranormal behavior. It was a book where the bad
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Adrianna Morgan
Feb 22, 2012 Adrianna Morgan rated it it was ok
I gave up 3/4's of the way into the book and flipped to the end. I could not finish this book. That's saying a lot when as a kid I would read the Encyclopedia Brittanica if I could not find a book. I hate giving low reviews. As an author, I know the time, effort, blood, sweat and tears that go into writing a book. But as a reader, I cringe whenever I pick up a book that is so...ugh, it bothers me. The book started off interestingly enough. I could not decide if it was a mystery or paranormal mys ...more
Julia Taraszewski
Oct 25, 2012 Julia Taraszewski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read some of the other reviews and don't agree. This was a good book. All writing is not absolutely perfect! Besides, what is perfect?

I fell in love with Even almost instantly. I even loved his disease. I thought the voice between characters changed enough and was believable. There was not a lot of Gore. I wasn't scared or disgusted at ant point.

Okay, yes, the sex scene was cheesy and could have been more/better. I happen to think od this book highly, but I hated the very end. I hate the
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Beth
Feb 26, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
I liked the characters in this story, and the connections between them drew me in. Every one of them had their strong points. The storyline kept me interested enough to want to see where it was going. Even though I figured out who the bad guy was way before I thought I should, I still enjoyed it. The ending, however, fell rather flat for me. It didn't seem to have any closure with the characters, and they actually seemed a little lost at the end. Not sure what I expected at the end, but I was a ...more
Arlene Allen
Interesting Plot marred by poor writing

Evan Stroud has porphyria also known as the vampire disease, because the sufferer can't go out in daylight. When a young girl is found dead in the park, drained of blood, heads turn towards Evan. His life is complicated enough already by the arrival of a teen age boy claiming to be his son and the return of his childhood sweetheart, Rachel, who is now the medical examiner. While accusing eyes are focused on Evan, he just knows a madman is getting away with
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Pamela
Sep 28, 2008 Pamela rated it really liked it
This is a story about a town who thinks it had an actual vampire killer once upon a time that they dubbed the "pale immortal". When killings begin again, they wonder whether it is the pale immortal returned from the grave... or maybe it's the guy down the street who can't leave his house due to issues with sunlight.

Despite having some scenes that were a little too disturbing/scary for my taste, I really loved this book & it has a spectacular ending. I look forward to reading the sequel "Gard
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Lisa
Nov 05, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good.

I don't know what I was expecting from this book, but after reading other books by this author I thought I would give it a try.

Anne Fraser has the ability to cross genres seamlessly. From crime and psychological thrillers to this tale of murder and mystery and modern day vampires. As with her other books such Hush, I found myself drawn in to this atmospheric tale, which never strayed to far from the realm of believability which only served to make it more compelling.

A very enjo
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Aubrey
Sep 05, 2012 Aubrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
As usual, Anne Frasier does not disappoint. I have read a few of her books and have liked them all, including Pale Immortal. The only thing I was not satisfied with was the ending. Everything wrapped up except for Evan and Rachel. I was left wondering. Rachel didn't even acknowledge that Evan saved her and she was wrong that he was the one going around killing people. All she ended up caring about and talking to him about was a damn scarf. I must have missed something for her to be angry about? ...more
David Healey
Anne Frasier has such a great writing style and compelling characters. At the end of a busy day, I found myself looking forward to escaping into this world for a little while. Could that have something to do with one of the main characters being an author of local histories, lol? The end of the book turned gory, but it was a horror story, after all. I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
Angie
May 14, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing
This book haunted me and bothered me on different levels. I woke up in the night and almost marked it TRASH and didn't finish it. I tried one more chapter, and I could not put it down. It gave me nightmares! I am a huge vampire fan but this one chilled my soul. I guess because there could be sickos like this amongst us. It was an awesome read....a great finish.... Now...I must find the second book. Ha! This gal is as raw as Stephen King in my book. Wow!
Rhonda
Jan 19, 2016 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I thought this was going to be just a mystery so I was surprised when it had an element of horror to it as well. The storyline was good and with the exception of a few scenes easy to follow. The sex scene in the morgue through me off because it didn't really tie into anything and the story would have been fine without it.
Brandi
Nov 01, 2012 Brandi rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a teen is dumped at his "dads" house by his mother. Never meeting his dad things begin rather oddly! After hearing strange stories about his dad being a vampire and a positive paternity test things begin to take a turn for the worst. A group called the pale immortals begins to set a plan in action to kill the vampire and use graham as bait!
Tina Bailey
Aug 25, 2016 Tina Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Wonderfully creepy!

So I have been reading Anne's books for a couple of weeks, and I thought I had read her best, but not to disappoint because this was so creepy, scary, with characters that are developed with such care and compassion that I couldn't put this down. Yes a creepy scary story with great characters that draw you into their town's nightmare.
S E Wendeler-Short
Awesome book by Anne Frasier. Already purchasing the sequel.

Characters are sympathetic; Evan with his mysterious disease and the prejudice he suffered, Graham in full adolescent mode, and though I didn't want to like Lydia, I understood her from her son's perspective. Great story, kept me up to finish it.
Elizabeth Bullard
Gosh, I dunno...

I'm not sure what I think about this book. The story was different - not the same old, same old vampire story. The many typos were hard for me to overlook, though, and I think the story could have been wrapped up a bit better. Not sure yet whether I'll bother with the next book in this series.
pamela k cronister
Loved it

What a great author. I am surprised I had never heard of her before or any of her books. Now I am enjoying a new series that I highly recommend thank you Kindle, and thank you Anne Fraser for such pleasurable reading material.
Shawna Hansen
May 09, 2012 Shawna Hansen rated it really liked it
Hello all! I finished Pale Immortal by Anne Frasier -- here's a little about the author! This was one creepy book! I loved it!

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Nikki Campana
Feb 21, 2013 Nikki Campana rated it really liked it
Anne Frasier's Pale Immortal left me wanting more. Right from the start I couldn’t get enough and didn’t want to put the book down until I was done. It was fast paced and kept you guessing until the end. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Anne Frasier (a.k.a. Theresa Weir) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-plus books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouett ...more
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