Dead on the Delta by Stacey Jay is not really the kind of book I would read and I don’t know why I chose it aside from the fact that it was sleeping in my to-read list.
We have a alcohol-addicted, low self-esteem, living in the past, unmotivated slob as our protagonist. She couldn’t have been more relatable. Not everyone of us have a will made of steel, able to pick up the pieces of our shattered lives and carry on. Annabelle Lee is such a person. She seems stuck with her past, unable to move on, unwilling even. She doesn’t care for what people think, she is strong in a way.
There is her current partner Cane who seems like a decent person and then there is Hitch the ex-boyfriend. So much unresolved feelings here that every time Annabelle is around him, she turns into a mess of goo. This guy runs hot and cold around Annabelle so much, I can’t quite bring myself to like him. What’s worse is that Hitch has someone he is currently seeing. Its a very messy relationship status that ‘its complicated’ wouldn’t cover.
The fairies didn’t really play a big part of the story, like a backdrop setting. I do see some potential in it being expanded but I am not going to bank much on it.
Overall, the story had a tone of monologue to it, not that it bothered me very much. Plot wise, I suspected the ending before I hit the half-way mark. I just wanted to finish the book because if I had gone to sleep halfway, the stories would haunt me in my sleep. It wasn’t a bad read but it wasn’t blood-pumping-good either.
There is actually another book that is part of this series, not sure if that is the end of it, but I believe this book could have been a stand-alone with the way it ended. I wasn’t satisfied with one part of the ending though but then I would be giving away the story if I did say it. [SPOILER ALERT] You have been warned . . . I didn’t like how she agreed to help Hitch, like where did it even come from and why did he even come to her for help? I thought he thought she was trash. If not for this, I would have thought the ending was great, despite the fact that she still had issues.
Goodreads Insert: Once upon a time, fairies were the stuff of bedtime stories and sweet dreams. Then came the mutations, and the dreams became nightmares. Mosquito-size fairies now indulge their taste for human blood—and for most humans, a fairy bite means insanity or death. Luckily, Annabelle Lee isn’t most humans. The hard-drinking, smart-mouthed, bicycle-riding redhead is immune to fairy venom, and able to do the dirty work most humans can’t. Including helping law enforcement— and Cane Cooper, the bayou’s sexiest detective—collect evidence when a body is discovered outside the fairy-proof barricades of her Louisiana town.
But Annabelle isn’t equipped to deal with the murder of a six year- old girl or a former lover-turned-FBI snob taking an interest in the case. Suddenly her already bumpy relationship with Cane turns even rockier, and even the most trust-worthy friends become suspects. Annabelle’s life is imploding: between relationship drama, a heartbreaking murder investigation, Breeze-crazed drug runners, and a few too many rum and Cokes, Annabelle is a woman on the run—from her past, toward her future, and into the arms of a darkness waiting just for her. . . .