Sunday, November 19, 2023

The Night I Died by Anne Frasier Book Review

About the Book:

Private detective Olivia Welles hasn’t been to her hometown since her childhood, not since the night she died. She has no memory of the world before the car crash or of coming back to life in the morgue. But now, years later, when fellow survivor Bonnie Ray calls from a Kansas jail begging for help, Olivia feels the tug of a dark and unremembered past.

Bonnie looks guilty of murdering her young son—Bonnie’s third child to die under suspicious circumstances. Intrigued and seeking closure, Olivia agrees to investigate.

Back in the foreboding town where her heart stopped and started again, Olivia finds an unexpected ally in Will LaFever, a journalist with his own motives for uncovering the truth. Together they unearth more than they expect about Bonnie, her traumatized family, and the crime.

You’re lucky you don’t remember any of it, Olivia’s father used to say. But Olivia’s luck is running out. This time, escaping Finney County with her life might be impossible.

My Review:

This novel has a complex murder plot but it is well crafted. The current deaths had much to do with past events. We discover the truth along with Olivia. There were quite a few twists as secrets were revealed involving her life and childhood experiences.

I liked Olivia as a private detective. She is a brave woman for being willing to go back to the scene of her life-changing childhood experience. Will is a good sidekick and I appreciated the dog rescue, both aspects of the plot adding some interest. And the motive for the murders was something I had never seen before.

This is the first novel I have read by Frasier and will be looking for more.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Anne Frasier is the New York Times, #1 Amazon Charts, and USA Today bestselling author of the Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, the Elise Sandburg series, and the Inland Empire novels. With more than a million copies sold, her award-winning books span the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. 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 thrillers have hit the USA Today bestseller list and have been featured in the Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. Her memoir The Orchard was an O, The Oprah Magazine Fall Pick; a One Book, One Community read; a B+ review in Entertainment Weekly; and one of the Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Visit her website:

Thomas and Mercer, 288 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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