Stay Dead : Elise Sandberg

  • by Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by Natalie Ross
  • Series: Elise Sandberg
  • 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Anne Frasier takes listeners back to her dark, enchanting Savannah - a place as terrifying as it is mesmerizing. Homicide detective Elise Sandburg is traumatized after her run-in with a madman the press has dubbed "The Organ Thief". As Elise takes refuge in her deceased aunt Anastasia’s abandoned plantation to investigate and recover from her ordeal, she begins to question everything - from her dangerous line of work to her complex relationship with her handsome, tortured partner, David Gould. But with a madman on the loose, and her mother’s claims to still hear from Aunt Anastasia, she may have more immediate problems on her hands. In Elise’s world, where cold hard crime mixes with the local Gullah culture, nothing is ever what it seems, and no one is above suspicion - not even the dead.

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2.5 Stars Very Dissapointing

WOW talk about coming out of left field! What the heck happened to the 2.5 yrs since the last book?
SPOILERS! Unlike Play Dead this book was all over the place and the author took a perfectly strong developed character and turned her into a TSTL (too stupid to live).
First, I was sure that I had missed not one but maybe 2 books since the last one. So much so that I went back to kindle and Audible store 3 or 4 times searching for them. I was so lost for the first 1/2 of the book I almost did a review and didn't finish it. The author missed so much by doing the book this way that even though I have downloaded the 3rd in the series I may not listen to it.
As stated earlier, this book takes up 2 to 2 1/2 yrs later so we have missed the ENTIRE development between Elise and Strata Luna because now they are 'friends' and Luna perceives her as more of a daughter.
We missed the entire segue with the daughter from living happily with her father, step brothers and step mother and not having much to do with her mother to now being so afraid for her she gets on a plane to come home at the age of 15 and this was her first trip, WHAT? I could barely buy car insurance much less fly home on an international flight at that age. And if she is living with her mother then WHERE have they been living because the house is uninhabitable and under construction. Again, 2 yrs later.
We missed the entire kidnapping (stupid though it was) and were left feeling like a fish out of water. David is still great but the rest of the book is just a mess going back and forth and there is no story development at all, we are presented with a Detective in the first book who did one stupid thing, to someone who is TSTL. She is tortured for days and she still is recovering with a cast on her feet, crutches etc and she gets mad and goes off on her own. OMG, really? And OF COURSE she is kidnapped again because now she and David BOTH are TSTL.
I am so disappointed in this book I just wanted to pull my hair out.

Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of the story and the only reason I finished the book
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

4 stars with caution

This book could have earned 3 stars. There is an excessive amount of internal dialogue, especially by Elise, that does little to further the story line. Most of it, at the end, is irrelevant. The plot twists are predictable. I felt no "gasp" when all the pieces fell into place.

Yet there are three reasons why I gave this book 4 stars. First, I loved Natalie Ross' narration. Second, even though it was predictable, it had its suspense and there were parts when I couldn't stop listening. Lastly, although I'm upset with Elise and David's personal relationship, I enjoyed all the characters. No one is perfect and they all lend both humor and darkness to the feel of the book. (Except for the aunt!)

I would recommend as long as the reader doesn't expect this to become the next block buster thriller movie.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-22-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio