by Anne Frasier

June 2004
ISBN: 0-451-41137-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Onyx
Mass Market Paperback

Savannah Georgia is well known for its dark side and Elise Sandburg has spent her entire life running from that side of it. After all, she was the well talked about infant of root doctor Jackson Sweet, who was left as an infant in an ancient cemetery. Even after being adopted by a very normal, very Christian middle-class family, as a teenage Elise spent some time delving into the local Gullah culture that her father had spent his life experimenting with.

However, the now grown Elise thinks her life is pretty normal. She shares custody of her daughter Audrey with her ex-husband with whom she had a mutually amicable divorce and she works as a homicide detective for the local police force.

David Gould’s adult life has been far from calm however. When his wife decided to kill their only child in order to start a new life for herself, she might as well have killed him too. It is all he can do to fain a normal existence and keep his job as a homicide detective and Elise’s partner.

When people start showing up in morgues and in half buried graves not quite dead, Elise and David will be drawn into a world more evil than they could ever imagine. What kind of person would use a strange poison on people that would leave the terrified victims in an almost dead state with bodies imitating those of zombies? This strange case that has the city in a panic, will push Elise right back into her past where she will be forced to face some very strong truths about herself.

Play Dead is a strange mix of voodoo, spells and ghoulish characters that left this reader sometimes a bit spooked. I found this book could have been classified more as suspense than as romantic suspense. However readers who enjoy taking a journey into the unknown, will find this particular book right up their alley.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Shelby.

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