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The Night I Died

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Thank you Netgalley. I am a Frasier fan and was excited to get the ARC of this book. The writing and storyline is a bit complex but twisty! Overall a good read.

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Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As a fan of Anne Frasier I was looking forward to this book and had expectations. I was not disappointed and found this murder mystery to be exciting, surprising and twisted. We follow a detective as she is called to prove a jailed woman not guilty of killing her children. Soon small town secrets are revealed and our MC is lead down a path that leads to her past. Surprises sprinkled throughout! An enjoyable and exciting mystery.

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The Night I Died is a stand-alone novel by award-winning best-selling American author, Anne Frasier. In her thirty-eight years, California PI Olivia Welles has died five times, but it’s the first time, in Finney, Kansas, when she was only a child, that she cannot remember at all. Her late father, the coroner who attended the accident that also took the lives of his wife and Olivia’s best friend, used to tell her she was lucky not to remember. She’s never been back to Kansas, which “held the allure of an unremembered loss. Her inability to recall any of it made it even more mysterious”

Now, a call from Bonnie Ray-Murphy, the dead best friend’s younger sister who survived the accident, seems like an opportunity to go back to Finney to see if it prompts her recall. Bonnie is in the county jail, suspected of the murder of her third child. Two have already died, and social media has her tried, convicted and sentenced.

But Bonnie knows that Olivia is smart, and has the best chance of finding out the truth: even though Bonnie is married to the county marshal, she doesn’t expect any help from the town that seems ready to condemn her. Olivia isn’t promising anything, is unconvinced of Bonnie’s innocence, but heads for Kansas anyway.

Journalist for the online paper, Hard Times, Will LaFever is determined to get the true story before anyone else does, and if the star of Private Dick Chick forms part of his true-crime story, so much the better. His underhanded trick gets him a ride with her to Finney, and he tries to cash in on their acquaintance to get information, but neither Olivia, nor the Finney locals are fooled by this young, handsome, blue-eyed but flaky Truman Capote wannabe.

Olivia’s young assistant, Ezra Tobias Rafael III is convinced that Olivia’s grief for the loss of her dog will be alleviated with a new pup. In between sending her links to rescue dogs he provides efficient IT support and research on various persons of interest. Olivia’s chats with those who know the Ray-Murphy family also take her to places that might stir memories: will she finally remember what happened?

Between the three of them, they uncover some disturbing information that someone, or perhaps several someones in the town don’t want becoming common knowledge, and things start to get dangerous for Olivia and Will.

Frasier gives the reader protagonists with depth and appeal, more than enough intrigue to keep the pages turning, quite a bit of humour, plenty of action in the lead up to a dramatic climax (or two), an excellent twist and a dog. This is very satisfying crime fiction, and more of this cast would be very welcome.
This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer.

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This novel has more twists and turns than you can imagine. Olivia is called back to her hometown to help a friend who has been charged with murder. She fled as soon as she could after an accident wiped her memories. Now she’s back and people aren’t happy. Little things start to tug at her mind. This along with her job as PI trying to solve a murder makes things iffy. A great story that keeps going even when you think you’ve reached the final chapter.

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Thank you NetGalley for this advance reader copy in exchange for my free and honest review. This was a great book, well written and full of interesting and intriguing characters. Excellent plot and storyline. Definitely recommend.

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The Night I Died by Anne Frasier is a mesmerizing novel. It’s part police procedural, part family drama, and part true crime novel. It’s a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing and second guessing about the characters and their motives. Overall, it has an unbelievable plot. You won’t be able to put this book down! The twists just keep coming. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

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This was the first book I have read by this author. It started very slow and didnt really pick up too much momentum until more than halfway through. I thought it was an okay book but just didnt keep me attention much. I wanted more from it. It was good though.

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Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first read by this author and I was IMPRESSED!

This was a suspenseful read that had me turning pages late into the night and was full of unexpected turns that kept me guessing on where the story was going and what was going to happen next. I did not want to put this book down.

For any fans of domestic thrillers this is definitely one you should check out and it will not leave you disappointed.

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"The Night I Died" by Anne Frasier is a gripping thriller that immerses readers in a chilling tale of suspense and intrigue. Frasier skillfully crafts a narrative that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats, blending elements of mystery and psychological tension.

One of the book's strengths lies in its atmospheric storytelling, creating a sense of foreboding that lingers throughout. Frasier excels in character development, making the protagonists relatable and the antagonist truly menacing. The plot unfolds with well-timed twists and turns, maintaining the suspense until the final pages.

However, some readers may find certain plot twists slightly predictable, especially for avid consumers of the thriller genre. While the characters are well-drawn, there might be moments where the pacing feels uneven, impacting the overall flow of the narrative.

In summary, "The Night I Died" is a commendable thriller that delivers on suspense and keeps readers engrossed. Frasier's ability to create a tense atmosphere and compelling characters makes it a compelling choice for fans of the genre. However, for those seeking completely unpredictable plot developments, there might be instances where the story unfolds in familiar thriller fashion.

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I couldn't get into it. I tried and kept coming back to it but it just didn't keep my interest at all. I also thought this might be a second or something bc I didn't understand some things.

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This was by first book by Anne Frasier, with that said I kind of had mixed feelings about this story. It was slow build but once it got going, it had you hooked with all the characters. A small town with secrets to deep that it would have to be in outsider but once part of community to bring town the crimes.

It was just a crazy twist of fate it had you wondering if you had it read it wrong. I can say after reading the story, it truly has me scared to live in a small town. lol

Oliva private detective has not been to her hometown since her childhood, but when childhood friend calls begging for her help, she returns both to help and maybe get answers to so many unanswered questions from her past.

With time on her side, she starts to uncover more questions than answers. With her life at stake, she must close this chapter of her life more than ever.

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The Night I Died by Anne Frasier

This wasn’t easy for me to get into, so I read reviews for the book and found a mixed bag that included some that were glowing and some that were quite the opposite…so…I read the end and took time away from the story and then went back in to try again rather than giving up as I thought about doing. And I did finish the book and came away feeling better about it than I did in the first few chapters.

What I liked:
* Olivia Welles: survivor of a train wreck, flat-lined/died more than once, private investigator, actress, dog lover, has holes in her memory, intelligent, liked her but also felt a bit sorry for her
* Will LaFever: journalist, has big writing goals, one-time swimming athlete, interested in the possible multiple child killings that took place in Finney County, intrigued by Olivia
* Dorothy: a rescue dog that Olivia takes under her wing
* Ezra: a young man that Olivia took responsibility for who know works for and with her
* The creep-factor of the Kansas town and its citizens - how can so many be clueless and blind to some of the goings on in town
* The way the story unfolded…it definitely grew on me as Olivia started to piece things together
* Wondering if there is something in the air or water in some places that increases the number of killers
* Wasn’t sure about the many references to The Wizard of Oz and True Blood. For some they might be wonderful but for others a bit much. I also thought of murders in cornfields and had to look up the movie Children of the Corn and found its setting was neighboring Nebraska and not Kansas
* Thinking about LONG rides from Des Moines to California that went through the flatlands of the Midwest but also remembering some beautiful scenery, too.
* That I actually finished the book

What I didn’t like:
* Who and what I was meant not to like
* Thinking about killers and what motivates them
* That I felt I needed more backstory on Olivia and Will and wondered if this is the beginning of a series and more will be provided later or if I will be left wondering

Did I enjoy this book? Eventually
Would I read more by this author? I think so

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC – This is my honest review.

3-4 Stars

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A well written book by an established author that kept me turning the pages. Would recommend to others as it was captivating, and intriguing.

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"Wow, "The Night I Died" by Anne Frasier totally rocked my reading world this year! Picture this: small-town vibes, a dash of suspense, and the spooky charm of Finney County, Kansas. Olivia is just amazing – she's smart, sassy, and a total dog lover. The story's twists and turns had me totally hooked. Anne Frasier's way of describing the characters makes them jump off the page. If you're into thrilling and atmospheric reads, this book is a must! Highly recommend diving into this captivating tale!"

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I really liked this book, it was different than anything else I've read which was a breath of fresh air. I will be recommending this to my friends, and auto buy this author!

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I enjoy a good murder mystery, and this was a fun read. The first half was a bit slow, but things picked up in the middle. I was surprised at one of the twists happening about 3/4 of the way through, an left me wondering what else could possibly happen. The last 1/4 wraps things up with lots of twists. Even though it was a little predictable at parts, I still enjoyed this book.

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Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this ARC. It started out strong and then went downhill. I need a book that keeps me hooked all the way through. This wasn’t it.

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This novel started out so promising and felt like it went a bit downhill after that. It was slow and I found myself getting a bit bored! The pacing was off and I found it to be predictable. I give it 3 stars as it was still an interesting read.

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of The Night I Died by Anne Frasier.

I have read a few of Frasier's now and I usually love them, but this was a bit of a mess. The execution wasn't bad, I really enjoyed elements of the story, especially the friendship between Olivia and Will, but so much of the plot was messy and undercooked. I never quite had a grasp of the hazy crimes that Olivia was returning to her home town to investigate, and the longer the story went, the less uncertain I was. I think that this could have really had potential, but the whole thing felt rushed.

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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.

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

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