Play Dead – Anne Frasier

No one understands the dark side of Savannah better than homicide detective Elise Sandburg.

As an infant, she was thought to be the daughter of a famous root doctor-and was abandoned in an ancient Low Country cemetery. Growing up, she was haunted by her possible connection to the local Gullah culture-with its spells and voodoo. 

Now, however, there’s a twisted killer on the loose, and the city is gripped by terror. Someone is using a substance that leaves its victims in a state that mimics death. As their bodies slip into an irreversible paralysis, their minds remain fully, shockingly awake. Before you wake up dead.

Step by step, Elise’s relentless chase for the killer draws her straight back into the world she most fears. And now, to stop a murderer, she must confront the truth about her own past in ways she never could have imagined…

I’m pretty sure that I picked this up from the Kindle Free Bestseller list awhile back, as I really liked the premise. I love these kind of books and the combination of crime and the occult always appeals. I very quickly got hooked and this one did not disappoint.

I really liked Elise as a character – she’s flawed, strong, has an interesting past and a mystery to her origins which comes directly into play with the main plot line. She has a teenager daughter who is reluctant to have anything to do with her, and a partner who is the odd one out on the force, and has a mysterious history of his own. The story is told from several points of view, one of which is that of the killer – Frasier manages not to give it away who that is though, and when it was finally revealed I was most surprised!

The atmosphere is fantastic, and the level of occult nicely played. It’s a creepy, fast paced read and certainly worth picking up. I gave it four stars and will be checking out other titles from the author because this was right up my alley.

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