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Stay Dead

Elise Sandberg, Book 2
Narrated by: Natalie Ross
Series: Elise Sandberg, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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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.

©2014 Anne Fraiser (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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  • Jardena
  • 09-04-2016

Loved the end, HATED the beginning.

If I had read the reviews of this book before starting the series, I would never had made the commitment. The narrator is great. No issues there. I felt like I had missed a book between the first and the second. I even spent time researching the series to figure out what happened. very frustrating. the end was good, but not worth the hassle.

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  • JackandCyn1
  • 04-04-2016

Where did this come from?

I had to go back and read the other reviews. I was so confused with the beginning of this book that I also searched for a novella or something that would explain. It definitely didn't line up with the first book.

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  • L. Mckenzie
  • 25-10-2016

Wow More than I needed.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

After reading I realized it was a good story line and I had read the first book so liked the character development. I would have let the main characters have more success in their pursuit of answers without ending up shot/raped and in the hospital each time.

What was most disappointing about Anne Frasier’s story?

Ms. Frasier took the gore too far. This was too graphic and cruel. There isn't a mystery as to who done it but rather can Elise escape his grasp as she continues to ignore the danger she's in. A truly good detective would have taken steps to insure her safety not go off to a remote plantation alone.

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  • Debra J OConnor
  • 21-02-2016

Review of first three Elise San burg novels

the narrator is very very good. I would read, actually listen to something else she narrated if the book interested me.

as for the books, like the first one very much even though it was a little dark. after that it became tedious and made my stomach hurt. also the books are marked out of order so if you listen to the one marked book 2 it is really the last book. anyway, I can think of better titles for these like "Torturing Elise" or "Big Secrets: torturing you self and others,".

this could have been such good stories, but there was no follow through and not enough laughter to counteract the endless endless pain. No one ever seen get together.

The author is a very good writer though, and I would still try other things she writes. good reading and good listening.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 10-11-2015

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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  • Lia
  • 25-10-2016

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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  • Whiplash
  • 15-11-2017

Just awful

I couldn't finish this one.. I only made it through 2.5 hours. felt like this one was rushed out with no thought. It jumped into the middle of a story that was never told in the first book. in addition this felt like a lot of repetition.. we get it you and your partner like each other.. do we seriously need to ONLY hear about that and the case is merely an after thought? I'm going on to book 3.. hopefully I won't be missing too much but I cant handle this one anymore. fingers crossed the next one is better or I may have to return these.

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  • LH
  • 01-07-2017

Disappointing

Where was the editor or advisor? The book begins more than 3 years after the end of the first. There has been a traumatic event and difficult recovery. I went back to Amazon & Audible - I was sure I had missed a book. There was no continuity of character development and too much confusion. Poorly done. I only listened to half the book. Thank goodness Audible will refund. I am very disappointed. I enjoy books that are a series and the first one held such promise.

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  • buzzknit
  • 11-10-2016

Somebody Help This Woman

Would you try another book from Anne Frasier and/or Natalie Ross?

Not sure - there was a good mystery in the book but it felt like the entire book was Elise and her conversations with herself. She was mean when unnecessary and seriously she does need a shrink. This is a conflicted woman and that she is a homicide detective is horrifying in and of itself. I'm sorry but the author had the opportunity to keep us on the edge and yet we had to wade through Elise's psycho-babble in her head, it got very old and tedious.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Personal by Lee Child - Jack Reacher at least does something instead of the head convo thing.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - I like her as a narrator and have listened to other books she has read. I think she does a good job.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It finished.....

Any additional comments?

Not sure why the author had so much of what was in Elise's head, it was boring most of the time and frustrating that a woman in her 30's is acting like a teenager. A real disappointment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-05-2016

SO GOOD

this book was much better than book one in the series. The descriptions of the surroundings and smells really take you to Savannah with the characters. The performance is spot on with the accents and voices for different people. I really enjoyed the book. onto book three!

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  • martine mcd
  • 07-05-2016

very slow to start.

Got about a third in and was going to stop, it was so slow and about nothing, I carried on and it was not worth it. A book with hardly a plot and boring.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 16-06-2017

2nd time around.

As a continuance of this story line I found it a little short of punch and was very frustrated with how nieve the main characters were in their action. I know it's only a story but the author really left me frustrated with the story line. However it was slick with good dialogue