The Body Reader

The Body Reader by Anne Fraiser

This book was an easy read and kept me fairly well-entertained. There were a few spots I had to go back and reread because I lost track or somethings didn’t make sense, but overall it was a good read.

This book follows Detective Jude Fontaine, a woman that was kidnapped and tortured before finally escaping from her captor. When she enters the real-world again she is in for a lot of surprises. Does she go back to work and is she strong enough to face the brutal world that she now knows so much more about? She works with a Detective Uriah Ashby, and even he doesn’t trust her sanity. At various times people are considering her a threat to the workforce and the way things are run. But when a killer is on the loose, there is no time to waste and everyone needs to try and work together. But will they catch the killer in time? Or will he get away? Fontaine gets caught in the crossfire in more than ways than just one and is starting to be a liability, a liability that potentially will lead to destruction of at least one person.

This book was okay, until closer to the end where it seemed to jump back and forth between a couple of possibilities before finally deciding upon a killer. Overall it was interesting and showed various points of view throughout the story. Sometimes following Jude, or Uriah, or even a random person that you don’t know the identify of until later.

Overall it was a decent read.

Stay Dead

Stay Dead by Anne Frasier

This book is the second in this series following Elise Sandburg, Gould, and Strata Luna.

Before beginning this book, it is important to note that there was a delay between the first book and this book being released. In so doing, there is also a large gap of time between where the first book ended and where this one begins. As long as you understand that going in, it will be easy to dive into and enjoy the book. Some things that have changed since then:

  • Strata Luna and Elise are on better terms and get a long.
  • Gould and Elise’s relationship has grown and is changing as well
  • Elise has had an attack right before this book begins by someone dubbed “The Organ Theif”
  • Elise and her daughter are closer than before

This book has some inconsistencies including the daughter being off in Europe for a trip at the age of 15, but then manages to get away from her host family and fly home early, very much against her mother’s wishes and all the host mom has to say is “I’m sorry. I didn’t know she was planning this and had left to get on a plane until it was too late.” Regardless, this raises the stakes for Elise, which, I am assuming was Frasier’s purpose for doing so. There is a new crazy individual on the loose, but in order to take a break from her most recent ordeal, Elise escapes to her deceased aunt’s plantation to recoup and relax. Her mother had told her about hearing from her aunt recently, but Elise shrugs it off as her mom hearing things. While she is recuperating, the killer is on the loose again, making Elise fearful for her life, yet she is intrigued when she thinks she sees her aunt around the plantation. From one deceased person mystery to another, Elise realizes that you can’t trust anyone, even if they are dead and buried. With Elise trying to relearn about Gullah culture and recaptivate her own mission for living, for the living and dead, she must sort through mysteries not only related to killers, but to her own family and learn how to move forward with her life. Elise’s life will be turned upside down by the end of the book. Safety is not always where she expects to find it, and the most unlikely people turn out to be around to help in the most unusual of circumstances.

At the end of this book, it leaves the reader wanting more, especially with the emergence of “new” characters.

(This book is part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program.)

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!