Truly Dead (Elise Sandburg #4)

Truly Dead (Elise Sandburg #4) Elise and David return to Savannah to consult on a case Many bodies were found in the walls of a house that used to belong to a serial killer This discovery caused many secrets to be uncovered especially involving Elise s father.I haven t read books 1 3 but I didn t feel lost I really enjoyed this book it was pretty fast paced with lots of action that kept my interest The characters were complex and I liked learning about them I definitely plan to read the previous books I recommend this book to lovers of crime fiction.I received this book from netgalley for an honest review. I received a copy of Truly Dead from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Truly Dead is the fourth book in Anne Frasier s Elise Sandburg series A few months back, I read the first book, Play Dead, and mostly enjoyed it but didn t return to the series I came across Truly Dead on Netgalley and decided to give the series another try I know a little bit about the characters and setting from reading the series opener but I was quite lost about events and character relationships so I would not recommend reading this one as a standalone In the first few pages, we learn that Elise Sandburg and her partner, David Gould, were recently fired from the Savannah Police Department For the last month, they have been working as private detectives, just having solved a serial killer case in Chicago, giving them a sort of celebrity status As they finish up that case, they get a call from the Savannah medical examiner and also their good friend , John Casper, about a body found in the walls of a house that belonged to a serial killer named Frank Remy a case with ties to Elise s father They agree to return to Savannah in an unofficial capacity The one body quickly becomes several all but one body was placed in the house before Remy was arrested Remy died in prison so how can this last body be explained As the Savannah PD s investigation begins, one of the first steps is to exhume Remy s body What happens at the cemetery during the exhumation leads to Elise and David getting their old jobs back, even if only temporarily They are now officially investigating the case which will lead them into some dark and heartbreaking territory Elise s father, a man she doesn t exactly have the best relationship with, asks her to step away from the case and get out of town, something Elise has no intention of doing Once the investigation kicks off, the pace quickens and continues that way until the end At times, I feel that Elise s issues and her relationship or lack of a relationship with David take center stage over the actual murders they are investigating I m not big on my detectives having an excessive amount of baggage and Elise has a truck load I found it a distraction when trying to follow the mystery Events in previous books have made her a victim and it clings to Elise like a black cloud I m not big on the need to have female leads victimized so this is a mark against the series for me I ve read a few other books by Frasier and they ve all been solid reads, entertaining and fast paced In this case, it feels like it s about Elise s personal drama than detective work David has some issues of his own, mainly waiting to be in a real relationship with Elise, but even he is overshadowed by Elise I like Frasier s writing and would read works by her but I don t think I ll be continuing with this series There s just a little too much drama for me. Another book becomes victim the continuing saga of me picking up books with zero context that just happen to end up being installments in a series of books Every time this happens I end up feeling lukewarm about the book and this was no different I think most of the times books from a series can t really stand alone This one doesn t do that bad of a job on it s own, it s usually easier with mystery books and this was an okay mystery book Didn t really stand out much and I wasn t really enad with any of the characters I did request this on netgalley forever ago and thought I would get around to reading it so. 3.5 starsIf you re keeping score, you know the last book ended with Det Elisa Sandburg partner David Gould leaving the Savannah PD under a cloud They decided to say goodbye to all the bureaucratic political crap open their own agency But before they can hang out their shingle, Elise gets a call from Savannah ME Dr John Casper A body has been found stuffed in the wall of an old house undergoing demolition The address is well known to Savannah residents It was once owned by Frank Remy, a prolific serial killer who was eventually caught by Elise s father Jackson Sweet He died in prison years ago but this body is eerily similar to some recent homicides in Florida Casper is unhappy with Elise s replacement asks her to come back have an unofficial look see Elise David are a sight for sore eyes for old colleagues who are suffering under Victor Lamont, the man who took her job They need to determine if Remy had a partner or if this is the work of a copycat First up is the exhumation of Remy s grave And oooh lawdy, no one could have predicted just how many ways THAT would go wrong This is a fast paced thriller with a plot that zigs then zags as some ugly secrets from the past provide clues for the present investigation Elise s relationship with her long estranged father is shaky at the best of times she believes he knows than he s telling, especially as the body count continues to rise Elise still struggles with PTSD as a result of her run ins with psycho Atticus Tremain previous books She s been able to keep it under wraps but the combination of being back in Savannah plus changes to her personal life bring it roaring back to life Weird stuff is happening around her her sometimes erratic behaviour has colleagues questioning her stability Meanwhile, David begins to wonder if it s time for him to move on alone He s always loved Elise but with no sign she s ready for a relationship, just how long is a guy supposed to wait There s a huge back story to this series so I really wouldn t recommend this as a stand alone The large cast have intricate ties many references would go over the head of a first time reader Among the returning characters is Elise s friend and Jackson s lover Strata Luna who adds her spooky mysticism to the atmospheric old south setting Some of the scenes are fairly graphic but entirely in keeping with what fans expect from several of the characters A little suspension of disbelief is required that s what prevented me from giving this a higher rating Elise s fragile state, personal tragedies what she endures made it hard for me to believe she could function as a person, let alone a detective But hey, this is fiction if you re a fan of romantic suspense drama there is plenty here to keep you reading into the wee hours. I waited a year to read the fourth book in this series I was lucky enough to be given a review copy from Anne Frasier and Netgalley and devoured this book in 2 days The book is officially out now and available on kindle unlimited I will admit, the beginning through me off I felt like I forgot something, so I went back and read some reviews of the 3rd book I had read the first three, one after the other, so it took me a second to reorient myself I m terrible at writing reviews, but I love the characters in this book I love the touch of paranormal, the Savannah setting, the character descriptions, everything I can picture myself inside the story, getting to know the characters I love that Elise and David have flaws Sometimes books have those to perfect characters that you can t relate to This series is a must read There is enough character development to get attached, thrill and suspense to keep you reading all in one sitting I recommend starting with book 1 if you haven t read them yet Totally worth the read This was such a great, easy and creative series i was hooked after the first page The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.i would highly recommend this author and this series. Book four finds David and Elise in Chicago finishing a case They fly back to Savannah to be called in by the coroner A house being dismantled, and the walls are filled with deceased children The man who could have done this, with the same MO was killed in prison years ago That soon becomes the next question This is the fourth book in the series The murder mystery soon becomes about revenge, than anything Threats made on Elise, then people who work with them are killed, and hurt There is a creep factor not just in the killings, but by one of the killers I knew who it was at once, but was not thrilled to find out I was right I liked how selfless, and smart Elise is I worry about her PTSD from her experience from another book, in the series David loves her, but she is scared of her scars mentally, and physically The book is fast paced, and Sweet, and all the usual characters are in it There is another child kidnapped, but you never hear any details that are gory I don t like a book that preys on children This is really about past reckoning The ending with evil, versus Elise was scary, but brilliant on her part The last chapter gives you hope for the future, even though so many lives are broken I cannot wait to read the next one David will always struggle with his past, and suffer the loss of a loved one, but I think if Elise could actually really invest herself in him, it would help them both They could go slow, since he seems than eager to do that, and is so caring A great read, but the back, and forth do I love him her is getting tiring That is why the four stars Plus I believe she is growing where her father, Sweet is concerned He seems to be making better decisions as well There is still so much to tie up, that I hope it continues I would say this book is evil, and drama , in one. David LOVED Elise, he had for a long time, but he screwed someone else I was so disappointed in that I can t tell you Then when Elise called in the beginning of the 3rd or 4 session with the girl he told her she wasn t interrupting anything to come on over since it was so important that she talk to him about the case BUT she told him she was downstairs in his complexes parking lot so she d be right up David had to hurry and get dressed and hid the girl in his shower, with a large towel to wrap around her in case she got cold, to wait for him What And why the author thought it was necessary to tell the reader I have no idea but the girl with David was a black girl And Strata Luna, who was Sweet s girlfriend, and also Elise s father, was also black Why point that out I don t get it Anyway, because of David and the OW and Elise being so unhappy all the time I won t read any of this series.And, I m kinda glad I read this 4th book first because I have a feeling John and Mara were in other books and if they had been and I would have taken a liking to them and then what happened happened I would have been really pissed off over it AND this was a little too depressing for me I mean, Elise NEVER had a happy moment She was either snarky or nasty or mean I can certainly understand that when she had been held captive and tortured and raped for 3 days but I think the author could have had a little less happen to her and at least given her one happy moment I felt sorry for David for caring about her the way he did because as far as I was concerned she was really worthless in the loving and happiness department I couldn t like her at all.I will say that the 2 killers in this book were really something but they weren t enough There was no sex in this book, it was all just implied, and the F bomb was used 5 times.As to the narration Again Natalie Ross pretty much ruined the book with her men s voices and her accents Strata Luna and Sweet both sounded like they were from New Orleans and they were both voodoo doctors or priest and priestess With Strata Luna I could see it because she did cast spells but Sweet was an international assassin and had just come back after being gone all of Elise s life Needless to say, the male voices were bad Although 4th in this series, this one does well as a stand alone However, I do recommend starting at the beginning There are numerous little gems in these books that guarantee you will understand the adventures and the growth of these characters.Homicide Detectives Elise Sandburg and David Gould no longer work for the Savannah police department In the middle of setting up a Private Investigator business, they are called back to consult unofficially Children s bodies were found stuffed into walls when a demolition team was tearing down a house The house is where Frank Remy once lived and the bodies were placed there 36 years ago before Remy was jailed and subsequently died It also happens that Elise s father was the man who made sure Remy went to prison BOOK BLURB Does Elise have a copycat on her hands Is Remy s influence reaching from beyond the grave Or is Elise making connections where there are none When her father warns her to back off the case, Elise s shadowy family history threatens to swallow her once again But whatever force is at work, she won t rest until the killing stops.This is a terrific series Plenty of action, lots of bodies falling, and solid characters who seem to grow and mature with each book Elise and David are both damaged in different ways They each would like to be in a relationship, other than professional, but their scars, the ones inside and outside, seem to prevent that from happening.This is a well written crime novel and my hope is that there will be many. In Award Winning Author Anne Frasier S Riveting Thriller Truly Dead, Homicide Detective Elise Sandburg Returns To Savannah With Her Partner, Profiler David Gould, To Track A Killer Who Seems Eerily FamiliarWhen A Demolition Crew Uncovers Several Bodies Inside The Walls Of A House Where Serial Killer Frank J Remy Once Lived, The Discovery Sends Shock Waves Through The Savannah Police Department All Of The Bodies Were Hidden Before Remy S Imprisonment And Subsequent Death Thirty Six Years Earlier Except For One Belonging To A Missing ChildHomicide Partners Elise Sandburg And David Gould Were The Savannah PD S Dream Team, Solving Uncrackable Crimes And Catching Killers But Their Last Case Resulted In Their Termination From The Squad, Until The Coroner Calls Them Back To Consult, Unofficially, On A Body Found In The Wall Of A House Once Occupied By Remy, A Killer Elise S Own Father Sent To Jail A Killer Who Died In Prison The MO Seems Uncomfortably Similar To That Of A Serial Killer Wreaking Havoc In FloridaDoes Elise Have A Copycat On Her Hands Is Remy S Influence Reaching From Beyond The Grave Or Is Elise Making Connections Where There Are None When Her Father Warns Her To Back Off The Case, Elise S Shadowy Family History Threatens To Swallow Her Once Again But Whatever Force Is At Work, She Won T Rest Until The Killing StopsNow At Odds With Everyone She Cares About And Forced To Acknowledge Her Worsening Emotional State, Elise Struggles To Protect The People She Loves As The Body Count Rises

Anne Frasier is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author The Body Reader received the 2017 THRILLER AWARD for Best Paperback Original from International Thriller Writers Other honors include a RITA for romantic suspense and a Daphne du Maurier Award for paranormal romance Her memoir The Orchard was an O, The Oprah Magazine Fall Pick a One Book, One Community read a B review in Enter

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  • Truly Dead (Elise Sandburg #4)
  • Anne Frasier
  • 09 October 2017

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