Play Dead

Play Dead by Anne Frasier

Sorry for the delay since the last post, my world got busy with the upcoming school year.  Back to the books!

 

This book is book one of a three (soon to be four) book series. I suspect more books are coming in this series. This book follows Elise Sandburg who is the daughter of an infamous root doctor in Savannah. Elise has disowned her past and works as a homicide detective. In this book, it follows Elise working on a case where people are being turned into zombies. Victims are being paralyzed through poison, and the paralysis mimics death. With each new lead, Elise is drawn more and more into her past that she has worked so hard to forget, and hard to keep her daughter out of. Elise’s partner, Gould, has a unique sense about him that makes him stand out in the homicide department. During the course of the novel, Elise realizes that she can’t outrun her past anymore and must turn to the most unlikely, and feared, person to help her solve the case. But Elise has to put trust where she is unsure it should be, and one wrong move could end up numbering her as another victim. Will Elise catch the killer before it is too late?

This book kept up with a decent pace. It was very easy to sit down and read this book (along with the others in this series). The relationship between Elise and Gould did get awkward at points with their interactions and some thoughts that occurred, but with more information being revealed throughout the book and the following books, it makes more sense. If you read this one, read the others in the series as well! They are all on amazon for free with the Kindle Unlimited program. Happy reading!

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Ever wonder what it feels like to feel invisible to the world around you, even when you most certainly are around and surviving? Ever feel like you are making a mockery of your life, yet the downward spiral that you are on shows no end to stopping, and you have no motivation to stop it either? But then, one day, you notice something strange happen? And that strange thing, turns into multiple unusual happenings and eventually murder, that you then find yourself in the middle of? Welcome to the life of alcoholic Rachel.

Rachel is a divorced woman, who used to be married to Tom, and now lives with her best friend. Tom married Anna, whom he had an affair with and now has a child with. Rachel’s drunkenness leads to many blackouts and unrecoverable events, including phone calls to Tom, being in town, sending emails, etc.

Rachel rides a train into town every day to her job. On the train she looks out the window and where the train always makes a quick unavoidable stop, she sees her old house, where she used to live with Tom and Tom now lives with Anna, and next to that house is a home with a couple in it that she names Jess and Jason. She imagines their love to be perfect. One day she notices that the man that Jess is with isn’t the same man as Jason, and he isn’t being as gentle with Jess as he should be.

One day, Megan (Jess’s real name) goes missing. Rachel gets launched into the middle of the investigation because she was seen down the block from where Megan disappeared. She tries to tell the investigators what she saw from the train, but because of her drunken reputation, she isn’t reliable to them. A few days later, Megan’s body is discovered nearby in the woods. Rachel does her best to do her own detective work, much to the dismay of Anna, who is scared of Rachel and her constant harassment, but ends up only becoming more under suspicion herself.

By the end of the novel, more than Rachel’s secrets alone are revealed. The novel does go between Megan, Anna, and Rachel. But, at the top of each new chapter is a heading with which character it will be about. The mind-hopping between characters allows the reader to see the full story and able to truly understand the full story of everything. This book shows that anything can be skewed with only limited facts, including perception based on what you think you see and what you really see when people look very similar to one another. It shows that you can’t truly know a person or know whether or not to trust someone and that sometimes, trust comes from the most unlikely places.

Where Are You Now?

First book review of this blog!


I most recently read (as in I read it all yesterday) Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark. To note, this book was released in 2008, so it is not her most recent book. I have read more recent books of hers, so those reviews will be coming.

In the book Where Are You Now, we are introduced to numerous characters, all playing various degrees of importance in the story. As is common with many of her books, Clark likes to write with multiple points of view. She has many chapters in the book, each chapter jumping from one character to another. She will even jump into the mind of the villain. Clark is very careful with this though. You have to pay attention and read the villain parts, quick as they are, to even be able to guess who it is. Clark does an outstanding job of keeping readers guessing until the very end. No wonder she is called the Queen of Suspense.

Where Are You Now? starts out with Carolyn and her mother waiting on Mother’s Day for the yearly call from Mack, Carolyn’s older brother who disappeared ten years ago and only calls once every year, on Mother’s Day. He never stays on the phone for longer than one minute. One day, Carolyn gets tired of the calls and on the yearly Mother’s Day call, she yells to him that she will find him and put an end to the misery her and her mother have dealt with the past ten years. Carolyn’s father, who was alive when Mack went missing, died in 9/11 and the coping of two lost individuals is becoming too much for both mother and daughter to bear.

During the Sunday Mass, there is a note left in the basket for Carolyn’s uncle that warns Carolyn to not come looking for him. This does nothing to deter Carolyn, but it does finally put Carolyn’s mother to rest about worrying for Mack. When Carolyn’s mother leaves on a cruise, Carolyn takes it upon herself to reopen the investigation. But, in doing so, she reopens the cases of 3 other missing women from the past 10 years, including the murder of Mack’s acting teacher. Then, another young woman goes missing, Leesey Andrews.

With Carolyn’s own searching, she has caught not only police attention, but the love interest again of Mack’s friend Nick, who has his own reasons for not wanting police attention and using her to deter it. Carolyn begins to play detective and speaks with the building superintendents where Mack lived with two roommates when he did disappear and learns that all is not as it seems there. The building manager, Bruce Galbraith, wants nothing to do with the investigation for fear of a ruined reputation of not only that building, but all the other properties he owns as well. Bruce has to deal with his nephew, who he feels is incompetent and his assistant, Howard Altman. Elliot Wallace becomes her mom’s new love interest and also the executor of Carolyn’s and Mack’s trust funds from her mom’s inheritance.

As Carolyn searches, she uncovers secrets about Mack that many people never knew. Before she knows it, Mack has been framed with the murder of the three women, as well as the abduction of Leesey Adnrews, who now promises Mack’s pattern of calling every mother’s day.

Carolyn races to stop the accusations against Mack and to clear his name. Will she get the help she needs, or will the detectives stop at nothing to tarnish Mack’s name, and hers in the process? Or will she become another victim in a madman’s quest to end the game forever?

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