Friday, August 7, 2015

Pretty Dead by Anne Frasier Book Review

Title:  Pretty Dead
Author:  Anne Frasier
Publisher:  Thomas and Mercer
Date of Release:  September 1, 2015
Pages:  310
Received From: Netgalley (for an honest review)

About the Book

A serial killer stalks the streets of Savannah...

Homicide detective Elise Sandburg and her partner, profiler David Gould, are all too familiar with the terrible costs of chasing evil. Despite their wounded psyches, the detectives delve into the deranged killer’s twisted mind, determined to unravel the clues in the taunts he leaves behind.

A city gripped by fear...

When his daughter becomes the killer’s next victim, a grief-stricken mayor comes down hard on the police, demanding that they catch the psychopath—now. Feeling the pressure, department officials enlist the aid of both Elise’s estranged father and an FBI profiler who has unresolved business with David.

A cunning and elusive madman...

In a heart-pounding race to stop the next homicide, the detectives uncover their own role in the madman’s deadly game. Will they outsmart the killer before another horrific murder takes place in their beautiful city? Or have Elise and David finally met their match?

My Review

I have been a fan of Anne Frasier's for many years. Nothing like a good suspense novel, with serial killers and the like to make me happy (yeah, I know, I'm twisted, lol). This book was quite good, not her best but still an enjoyable read.

Elise is the head of homicide, against her will. She was pretty much forced into the job and took it because what else could she do? Her partner David is an ex-FBI profiler with a checkered past, but not quite as checkered as Elise's. David lost his wife and son to a tragedy - a tragedy caused by his wife and his ex-FBI partner Vincent Lamont. Elise is overcoming a tragedy of her own after being abducted and tortured, with her tormentor's body never found.

When bodies start showing up in Savannah, the police begin to wonder if there isn't a new killer on the loose. Each body has a word in Latin written on it - a serial killer for sure. And with pressure from the Chief of Police (who David is having an affair with), the Mayor (who has recently lost his daughter to the killer in question), Elise's estranged father and his voodoo ways, and the return of Vincent who was called in to help with the case, it is a roller coaster ride to try and catch the killer before more bodies show up.

What was the biggest disappointment for me? I guessed the killer very quickly in. Maybe it's because I have read too many of these types of books, or maybe the author just got a little sloppy with details. I'm not entirely sure.

I would still recommend this as a good book, just not her best.

3 1/2 Stars

About the Author

Anne Frasier (a.k.a. Theresa Weir) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-plus books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy, and memoir. During her award-winning career, she's written for Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Publishers, Bantam Books/Random House, Silhouette Books, Grand Central Publishing/Hachette, and Thomas & Mercer. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her first memoir, The Orchard (Theresa Weir), was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Her second memoir (The Man Who Left), hit the New York Times bestseller list.

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