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No strangers to evil, criminal profiler Reni Fisher and detective Daniel Ellis both still grapple with traumatizing pasts. It unites them. So has a crime they must solve before someone else dies. At a campsite on California’s Pacific Crest Trail, a guide is murdered and three young hikers vanish without a trace. The only lead is a puzzle in itself: a video of the crime scen No strangers to evil, criminal profiler Reni Fisher and detective Daniel Ellis both still grapple with traumatizing pasts. It unites them. So has a crime they must solve before someone else dies. At a campsite on California’s Pacific Crest Trail, a guide is murdered and three young hikers vanish without a trace. The only lead is a puzzle in itself: a video of the crime scene, looking eerily staged, uploaded to social media. The girl who posted it can’t be found. Is it a viral hoax gone unspeakably wrong, or is there something more sinister at play in the forest? The case intensifies when one of the missing is found wandering down a dirt road, confused and afraid. As Reni and Daniel struggle to sort fact from fiction, a secret past collides with the present, threatening to sever their relationship. Are some truths too much to bear? Will this be the case that finally breaks them? What really happened in the forest? Hidden crimes and secrets of the past converge in a riveting thriller by Anne Frasier, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Me.


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No strangers to evil, criminal profiler Reni Fisher and detective Daniel Ellis both still grapple with traumatizing pasts. It unites them. So has a crime they must solve before someone else dies. At a campsite on California’s Pacific Crest Trail, a guide is murdered and three young hikers vanish without a trace. The only lead is a puzzle in itself: a video of the crime scen No strangers to evil, criminal profiler Reni Fisher and detective Daniel Ellis both still grapple with traumatizing pasts. It unites them. So has a crime they must solve before someone else dies. At a campsite on California’s Pacific Crest Trail, a guide is murdered and three young hikers vanish without a trace. The only lead is a puzzle in itself: a video of the crime scene, looking eerily staged, uploaded to social media. The girl who posted it can’t be found. Is it a viral hoax gone unspeakably wrong, or is there something more sinister at play in the forest? The case intensifies when one of the missing is found wandering down a dirt road, confused and afraid. As Reni and Daniel struggle to sort fact from fiction, a secret past collides with the present, threatening to sever their relationship. Are some truths too much to bear? Will this be the case that finally breaks them? What really happened in the forest? Hidden crimes and secrets of the past converge in a riveting thriller by Anne Frasier, the New York Times bestselling author of Find Me.

30 review for Tell Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    Tell Me (Inland Empire #2) by Anne Frasier Former FBI criminal profiler, Reni Fisher, and Detective Daniel Ellis are back about two months after the events Find Me, the first book in the Inland Empire series. Reni, never on stable ground after learning that she was bait in her late father's serial killing spree, is even on shakier ground now and is continuing her reclusive life in the desert. Daniel has asked her to stop searching for his mother, who disappeared one night, when he was eight years Tell Me (Inland Empire #2) by Anne Frasier Former FBI criminal profiler, Reni Fisher, and Detective Daniel Ellis are back about two months after the events Find Me, the first book in the Inland Empire series. Reni, never on stable ground after learning that she was bait in her late father's serial killing spree, is even on shakier ground now and is continuing her reclusive life in the desert. Daniel has asked her to stop searching for his mother, who disappeared one night, when he was eight years old. Daniel needs help when a video of a body in an orange tent starts trending on social media. They have a general idea where the tent might be located but the person who uploaded the video can't be located. Daniel requires Reni's expertise with the camping area and her skills at finding missing people. What the reader knows is that three girls and their counselor, from a treatment program, designed to sever addiction to social media, have been on a short camping trip. The wealthy girls are obviously spoiled and very angry that all their devices have been removed from their possession. These are not happy campers and there is no doubt they plan to go back to their social media ways as soon as they are released from the confines of the program. The story has a very small world feel to it when it seems that there is a connection between so many of the characters. Still, I'd been looking forward to this follow up from the first story and enjoyed how Reni and Daniel brainstorm the mystery while also coping with their past traumas. This book ended in such a way that it doesn't need a third book but I wouldn't mind getting to follow Reni and Daniel into what looks like a brighter future. Published July 27, 2021 Thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    similar to its predecessor, this sequel is relatively short and im still impressed with how AF manages to completely fill each page. this is a very complete installment that picks up where ‘find me’ leaves off. while this technically could be read as a standalone, i would recommend reading the first book to truly understand the characters and their backgrounds. there is some development regarding character histories, so having that prior knowledge would be beneficial. and although i enjoyed the similar to its predecessor, this sequel is relatively short and im still impressed with how AF manages to completely fill each page. this is a very complete installment that picks up where ‘find me’ leaves off. while this technically could be read as a standalone, i would recommend reading the first book to truly understand the characters and their backgrounds. there is some development regarding character histories, so having that prior knowledge would be beneficial. and although i enjoyed the pacing and character stories, i cant help but feel a little let down with the way certain events unfold. its a bit too simplistic for my liking. while i think the straightforward narrative worked for the content of the first book, i think it actually gives away too much of the mystery too soon for this particular story. but overall, a quick and entertaining investigation. thanks thomas & mercer for the ARC. ↠ 3 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Reni Fisher is a missing person detective on leave due to the horrific and devastating events she was personally involved in several months ago and has been suffering from traumatic PTSD episodes almost daily and she is now unsure if she will ever be able to return to the work that was her entire life. Daniel Ellis, also a detective and close friend to Reni keeps tabs on her so she doesn't bury herself in the isolation that she has chosen to retreat into. When Daniel is presented with a case som Reni Fisher is a missing person detective on leave due to the horrific and devastating events she was personally involved in several months ago and has been suffering from traumatic PTSD episodes almost daily and she is now unsure if she will ever be able to return to the work that was her entire life. Daniel Ellis, also a detective and close friend to Reni keeps tabs on her so she doesn't bury herself in the isolation that she has chosen to retreat into. When Daniel is presented with a case somewhere in the mountains where three young hikers have vanished and their guide murdered, the only clue is a mysterious video showing the gruesome scene left behind and the owner of the video nowhere to be found. Daniel knows Reni Fisher is the only person who can help him since she knows the mountain trails inside and out. Daniel doesn't have much time to spare and knows this case could help Reni as much as break her but he needs her wilderness expertise as well as her sharp detective skills if there is any chance to find these girls and if they act quickly, hopefully they can bring them home alive. I really enjoyed this mystery/crime thriller written by Anne Frasier. There are many clever and some surprising twists and turns throughout the story (which I love) that made it hard putting the book aside when I only wanted to keep reading. The story has a great pacing and momentum where I felt very connected to the characters and cared about what was happening to them as they encountered some very tricky and deadly situations. A great cast of many characters but written in a style where I remembered who everyone was and I never felt lost within the story. This is a second book in a series which I didn't realize at the time but this story definitely can be read as a stand-alone without any problems although I can't wait to read the first book "Find Me" to discover the previous history of Reni and Daniel and hopefully there will be a third and fourth book because I am soooo hooked! I highly recommend this descriptive and well-written and atmospheric story to any mystery reader!! I want to thank the publisher "Thomas & Mercer" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this terrific book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I have given this exciting story 4 ATMOSPHERIC AND DRAMATIC 🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    This story loosely continues a short time after Find Me left off. Reni prefers the dessert to civilization. She spends her days painting and surviving. Her father was a serial killer, and her mother was no angel... as we find out in Find Me. It was a wonder that Reni didn't follow in the family footsteps. Instead, Reni teams up with Daniel once again to catch another killer. The victims, who eventually become suspects, are a group of teenage girls who are popular "influencers" on the internet. T This story loosely continues a short time after Find Me left off. Reni prefers the dessert to civilization. She spends her days painting and surviving. Her father was a serial killer, and her mother was no angel... as we find out in Find Me. It was a wonder that Reni didn't follow in the family footsteps. Instead, Reni teams up with Daniel once again to catch another killer. The victims, who eventually become suspects, are a group of teenage girls who are popular "influencers" on the internet. The parental involvement in this story is a stark contrast to the type of parenting that Reni had endured as a child. I liked that Daniel and Reni are moving closer together. That, for me, was inevitable, but I loved those subtle touches and looks. Slowly but surely....! My rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The writing could be a tad quirky at times, and Reni has to grow on you, so I wouldn't suggest reading these books out of order. My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    In Tell Me, Anne Frasier’s gripping sequel to Find Me, we are back to the Mojave Desert and the Inland Empire area in Southern California. If you haven’t read Find Me, but are planning to do it, you should start from it. Tell Me provides re-cap of the main points of the previous book, so it would definitely diminish the effect of the narrative. Find me provides closure for one of the two protagonists (Reni Fisher, a former FBI profiler and daughter of the Inland Empire killer, and Detective Danie In Tell Me, Anne Frasier’s gripping sequel to Find Me, we are back to the Mojave Desert and the Inland Empire area in Southern California. If you haven’t read Find Me, but are planning to do it, you should start from it. Tell Me provides re-cap of the main points of the previous book, so it would definitely diminish the effect of the narrative. Find me provides closure for one of the two protagonists (Reni Fisher, a former FBI profiler and daughter of the Inland Empire killer, and Detective Daniel Ellis, whose mother disappeared when he was eight and might have been a victim of Ben Fisher) and we know there is more to the story. The new case of three sixteen-year-old hikers who disappeared from a campsite on the Pacific Crest Trail is fascinating on its own. The girls were sent to a digital detox retreat by their parents and went on a three-day hike with an experienced guide. The dead body of the guide was later found lying in her tent by two passing hikers, one of whom posts a video on the social media. Some people suspect it's a hoax, but Daniel instinct tells him to check the story out and there isn't anyone he'd rather ask to help him than Reni. Overall, I liked the plot, but there was so much going on, so many topics: social media, school shootings, PTSD, incels ( I had to look the word up), pressures of parenthood and others. It could have all falen apart, but for Anne Frasier's superb writing style-she really knows how to engage the reader with plenty of action and clever twists. Told in short, snappy chapters, the book is very easy to read. Both Reni and Daniel are wonderful protagonists. Their empathy with the victims and perpetrators alike (for Daniel there are no evil people, just terrible choices these people made) helps them in their investigations. By the way, the sinister bird on the cover for both Find Meand Tell Me isn't just there to give the readers creeps. Reni used to be fascinated by birds as a child and drew them a lot. Her father taught her to make her drawings as accurate as possible and this ability to focus on details is another factor (together with empathy) that makes Reni so good in her job of finding missing people. The setting is one of the best features of these two books. Here we have hiking trails in addition to the desert and its healing powers. For Reni, the barrenness of the dry season is temporary-she knows good months, full of magical flowers and amazing colours, will come. The ending was just perfect. With all the loose ends tied up, The Inland Empire series can end here, but we have two likeable protagonists who make a wonderful team together and perhaps Anne Frasier will decide to give us another story- I'll be there for it! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher (Thomas & Mercer) for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    Once upon a time the criminals were the ones with the horrible, heartbreaking backgrounds. Now it seems to be the protagonists. These two, Reni Fisher and Daniel Ellis are definitely in the top five of the last few years. Reni was a famous FBI profiler who retired due to a breakdown; Daniel is a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office detective. They were brought together to work in 2020’s terrific Find Me Inland Empire #1; Reni’s father has promised to point out Mojave Desert burial spots for some of Once upon a time the criminals were the ones with the horrible, heartbreaking backgrounds. Now it seems to be the protagonists. These two, Reni Fisher and Daniel Ellis are definitely in the top five of the last few years. Reni was a famous FBI profiler who retired due to a breakdown; Daniel is a San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office detective. They were brought together to work in 2020’s terrific Find Me Inland Empire #1; Reni’s father has promised to point out Mojave Desert burial spots for some of his murder victims. As a very young girl Reni was used as bait for some of her father’s victims. Daniel believes his mother is one of the victims. When he was a young boy she left him with a babysitter to go on a date, never to be seen again. (This is NOT a spoiler for first book) In the outstanding Tell Me Daniel once again contacts Reni for help. He needs her to find a possible murder site in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. A murder scene posted on YouTube. If this is not a hoax, he needs her astute reading of the crime scene The parents of three teenage girls put them into a luxury rehab center to help break them of their severe social media and electronic device addiction. As part of the treatment program the girls and their counselor/guide were hiking and camping along the Pacific Crest Trail which runs for 2600 miles through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. Reni and Daniel find the guide brutally murdered, while the three teens have gone missing; showing signs of a panicked, scattered run in the middle of the night. The sheriff’s office launches a massive search for the three girls involving all the of the area’s SAR teams, along with volunteers. In some of Reni’s down time she has decided to put her mad skills finding people into looking at Daniel’s mother’s disappearance. By the time she has finished her investigation she wishes she had left well enough alone. Fascinating to ‘watch’ an expert at work. There were five books I anxiously awaited for release on NetGalley this year. Tell Me is one of those five. Well worth the wait. One of the main reasons is for what Anne Frasier does with her settings. I barely know anything about the Mojave, and had never heard of the Pacific Crest Trail. Frasier brings it all alive and almost makes those places the stars. Competition with stardom comes from what Frasier does with her amazing, intricate story; showcasing the spoiled teenage girls on the loose in an alien environment that doesn’t take well to newcomers. Equal competition for book stardom comes from Daniel and Reni; trying their best to recover from the severe trauma of their childhoods and their last case. They are forming a tentative friendship where each might help the other. Inland Empire is a superb series. I urge you to read both Find Me and Tell Me. I have to admit I was amused by the idea of social media rehab, silly idea that it is. It’s not real is it? Hmmmm, maybe I squirmed a bit. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC for review purposes. Like me please! I need your likes. I don’t feel complete without your likes. I check you constantly. I need your likes. Your likes are all I care about, baby.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Tell Me is the second in the Inland Empire series. I have not read the first book and it made a difference. Frasier does give us a fair amount of background, but I still felt there were holes in my understanding of both Daniel’s and Reni’s backgrounds, especially at the beginning of the book. Still, I enjoyed the story. Three girls and their guide are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as part of a social media addiction treatment program. The guide is murdered and the three girls go missing. A pair Tell Me is the second in the Inland Empire series. I have not read the first book and it made a difference. Frasier does give us a fair amount of background, but I still felt there were holes in my understanding of both Daniel’s and Reni’s backgrounds, especially at the beginning of the book. Still, I enjoyed the story. Three girls and their guide are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail as part of a social media addiction treatment program. The guide is murdered and the three girls go missing. A pair of hikers stumble on the camp, take pictures of the dead body and upload the video to social media. A bit of irony, mais oui? Then they go missing. I connected with both of the main characters. They both have emotional baggage but are smart and committed and finding ways to deal with their own issues that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. Of course, it helps that Reni is a dog parent, even though Edward isn’t a big factor in the storyline. The story was nicely complex with lots of moving parts. The pace was Goldilocks right, not too slow, not too fast. I was really impressed by the ending and all the twists at the end. There’s a great sense of place. Of course, after reading the Author’s Note, it made perfect sense as because of the pandemic she changed the location of the story to her own backyard. And after this book, I have a much better appreciation for how bad the Santa Ana winds are. I fully intend to follow this series going forward. My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    3.5 stars! The forest can hide many things but as three young campers and their guide set out on a trail and hope to spend some quality time with nature, all that changes when the counselor is killed and the three girls disappear. In horrible fashion another couple out hiking is also murdered. Do we have a serial killer on a rampage in the forest? Reni Fisher who herself had experienced the horrendous crimes of her serial killer parents is a criminal profiler. She and Daniel Ellis, team up once a 3.5 stars! The forest can hide many things but as three young campers and their guide set out on a trail and hope to spend some quality time with nature, all that changes when the counselor is killed and the three girls disappear. In horrible fashion another couple out hiking is also murdered. Do we have a serial killer on a rampage in the forest? Reni Fisher who herself had experienced the horrendous crimes of her serial killer parents is a criminal profiler. She and Daniel Ellis, team up once again as in the previous book to figure out what is going on as well as try to find the girls. who have gone missing. Daniel is no stranger to grief as his mother deserted him when he was young and he searches for her always believing she was a victim of Reni's parents. It's an odd combination, but somehow these people make it work. The girls were campers at a camp dedicated to the avoidance of electronic gadgets so the girls have no cell phones. Strangely there is a video taken of the crime scene and posted that seems to be the only clue Daniel and Reni have. Thankfully one of the girls escapes but the question still remains who is the killer and why has he kept the girls. As the second one is found, once again we wonder if and where the third girl is and if she has survived? Are the girls hiding something and can Reni and Daniel survive a case that tests their belief in one another? This was an easily readable story, not quite up to the fist in the series, but still one that was clever and well put together. Thank you to Anne Frasier, Thomas and Mercer, and NetGalley for a copy of this story due out July 27, 2021.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    I read this book almost immediately following Find Me (Inland Empire #1). I thought the first book was a fun, engaging read. I think this book is even better. I read this book in 3 days, which is quick for me, and I did not get bored at all. I really enjoy the pacing in this series. It is pretty consistent and neither too slow nor stuffed with over the top action. You get to know the characters and watch them grow as people. There are some side stories, but they do not distract from the case whic I read this book almost immediately following Find Me (Inland Empire #1). I thought the first book was a fun, engaging read. I think this book is even better. I read this book in 3 days, which is quick for me, and I did not get bored at all. I really enjoy the pacing in this series. It is pretty consistent and neither too slow nor stuffed with over the top action. You get to know the characters and watch them grow as people. There are some side stories, but they do not distract from the case which is the main storyline. Instead, they add to your understanding of, and the connection you have with, the main characters. For those who enjoyed the first story and wanted to know what happened to Daniel's mother, Frasier does not drag this out for several books. You will know her fate in this book. I look forward to seeing where Frasier takes this series next. #TellMe #NetGalley Initial review: I am currently reading Find Me and enjoying it so much that I grabbed a copy of this book from NetGalley before I even finished. I am really looking forward to it! Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Three young hikers are missing, their guide found murdered on the Pacific Crest Trail. The only lead is a video of the crime scene and the girl who posted it to social media is now conveniently missing also. Detective Daniel Ellis and criminal profiler Reni Fisher are called in to investigate and determine if it’s a hoax. When the crime scene is located and confirmed to be real, the fate of the hikers appears grim until one is found alive. Daniel and Reni begin to piece together what happened and Three young hikers are missing, their guide found murdered on the Pacific Crest Trail. The only lead is a video of the crime scene and the girl who posted it to social media is now conveniently missing also. Detective Daniel Ellis and criminal profiler Reni Fisher are called in to investigate and determine if it’s a hoax. When the crime scene is located and confirmed to be real, the fate of the hikers appears grim until one is found alive. Daniel and Reni begin to piece together what happened and why as they rush to locate those still missing. At the same time, Reni has uncovered some surprising information regarding Daniel’s past and hesitates to share it with him over concern it will threaten their complicated personal and professional relationship. I really enjoyed the first book in the Inland Empire series, Find Me. I loved the back stories for Daniel and Reni, how their complicated pasts drive them, the case that brought them together, and the twist. This book failed to deliver the same energy for me. I enjoyed the case but saw the twist coming from a mile away. The way that Reni uncovers information for Daniel seems far too easy and convenient and the reveal/confrontation was very anticlimactic. This was just an average thriller that felt rushed to me. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Tell Me is scheduled for release on July 27, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    Tell Me is a sequel to last year’s Find Me, which was the start of the Inland Empire series set in California’s Mojave desert, about Reni Fisher, a former FBI profiler who is the daughter of a serial killer, and Daniel Ellis, a homicide detective from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office. While you could just about read this as a stand-alone, it would make a lot more sense if you read them in order, and this one has major spoilers for Find Me. I enjoyed both books for the gorgeous descriptions of Tell Me is a sequel to last year’s Find Me, which was the start of the Inland Empire series set in California’s Mojave desert, about Reni Fisher, a former FBI profiler who is the daughter of a serial killer, and Daniel Ellis, a homicide detective from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office. While you could just about read this as a stand-alone, it would make a lot more sense if you read them in order, and this one has major spoilers for Find Me. I enjoyed both books for the gorgeous descriptions of the desert and mountain scenery, sympathetic and interesting lead characters and compelling plots. Three teenagers go on a mountain hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, as part of their stay in a luxury retreat called Kaleidoscope, which specialises in “digital detox” for youths obsessed with social media. In the middle of the night their guide is murdered, and the girls disappear, then the couple who discover the body upload a video of the scene to the internet before themselves being attacked. Daniel asks Reni for help with the case, but she is initially reluctant as she has her own project - finding his mother, who disappeared when he was a child - but after seeing the scene and discovering that one of the missing girls has a previous connection to him, both Reni and Daniel will put their lives on the line to bring them home. This had a strong start, introducing sullen traumatised Emerson, sent to Kaleidoscope by her desperate parents after being involved in a school shooting, and stuck on the trail with a spoiled pair of Influencers, and their clean cut but hypocritical guide. The central mystery is what happened to the missing girls, and can they survive alone in the wilderness. The villain is revealed rather early, but while the plot seemed rather obvious, the author cleverly wrong-foots us as to exactly what’s going on. The secondary plot about Daniel’s mother continues the mystery from the first book, and showcases Reni’s skills as an investigator. While perhaps a little slow in the middle, this builds to some exciting final scenes and a satisfying ending. It’s unclear whether the series will continue - I do hope so as I liked both characters in spite of all their baggage. The author’s note describes how this was written during the pandemic - but it is set afterwards with only the briefest mention of it - and without naming it. She thanks the state of California for legalising marijuana and credits “edibles” for getting her through the Lockdown - this is reflected in some of the vivid landscapes described in almost hallucinatory detail - you can almost feel the heat and smell the dust - it almost made me want to go hiking to see the colours for myself. Almost. Finding a fly infested corpse in a tent would be pretty off putting. The concept of rehab for social media was interesting - only in California? - and the short but macho movie star throwing his weight around but then reduced to tears by his daughter’s plight had me wondering who she based this on... Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the ARC. I am posting this review voluntarily. Tell Me is available now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent novel on June 28, 2021, from Netgalley, Anne Frasier, and Thomas & Mercer publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. This review reflects my honest opinion of this work. The second of a series titled Inland Empire, Tell Me is completely stand-alone, but I liked it well enough to put this series on my need-to-read list. The plus to this story is that Anne Frasier has several series just waiting This novel is that creepy/scary t I received a free electronic ARC of this excellent novel on June 28, 2021, from Netgalley, Anne Frasier, and Thomas & Mercer publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. This review reflects my honest opinion of this work. The second of a series titled Inland Empire, Tell Me is completely stand-alone, but I liked it well enough to put this series on my need-to-read list. The plus to this story is that Anne Frasier has several series just waiting This novel is that creepy/scary type of story that keeps you up at night. Taking place in California, we spend a bit of time on the Pacific Coast Trail with a group of teenage girls sent to a special retreat at an expensive, exclusive camp called Kaleidoscope, in an attempt to break their habits of living on their phones and computers and get them outside. Emerson, Portia, and JoJo are friends, despite their differences. These girls are unwilling participants in this wooded escapade, perfectly happy with their 'influencer' status and measuring their 'success' by the number of YouTube 'likes' they have received. All feel lost without their electronics. The only thing they find good about the retreat is they are all three there together. And then the counselor in charge of the three-day camping retreat on the Pacific Coast Trail with the girls is found in her tent, murdered. The girls are nowhere to be found. It is obvious they had fled into the night, but there is only a vague trail that peters out not far from the campsite. A massive search is instituted. One of the girls is the daughter of a well-known actor and the parents of the other two girls are wealthy and socially involved, as well. Then there is the additional disappearance of another couple, three weeks into a full traverse of the Pacific Coast Trail. All too soon Jordan and Deidra are found at the bottom of a cliff, both shot and Deidra dead, Jordan in critical condition, with still no sign of the girls. Parents are frantic, police are mystified, forest rangers have pulled out all the stops, and representatives of Kaleidoscope are in hiding. The internet is seething with information both true and false, as usual. Really, alien abductions? Criminal profiler Reni Fisher and her dog Edward become involved in the searches as does Daniel Ellis, a detective with the San Bernardino sheriff's department. They have a history from way back but can work together well despite it. This is good because this case seems never-ending... pub date July 27, 2021 Thomas & Mercer Reviewed on July 15, 2021, at Goodreads and NetGalley. Reviewed on July 27, 2021, at AmazonSmile, Barnes&Noble, and BookBub. Not available for review on Kobo or GooglePlay.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    3.5 rounded up Tell Me, the second in the Inland Empire (a specific area with the Mojave desert) series, picks up a few months after the first with Remi back in her desert abode and she and Daniel physically recovered from their previous ordeal. Daniel is called out to the Pacific Coast Trail in search of hikers who are missing after one of the hikers is found brutally murdered. He, of course, enlists the help of Remi because of her tracking skills. The secondary story line, searching for Daniel' 3.5 rounded up Tell Me, the second in the Inland Empire (a specific area with the Mojave desert) series, picks up a few months after the first with Remi back in her desert abode and she and Daniel physically recovered from their previous ordeal. Daniel is called out to the Pacific Coast Trail in search of hikers who are missing after one of the hikers is found brutally murdered. He, of course, enlists the help of Remi because of her tracking skills. The secondary story line, searching for Daniel's mother, also plays a key role in this offering. Tell Me ultimately circles back to the role of social media influence, how much young girls will do in order to attract attention and gain viewers. The story here asks that question - is this really what has happened? Have these girls set up a fake scene in order to gain more followers? While I didn't find Tell Me to be as fast paced or compelling as the first in the series, I realize that second books seldom are. However, I love Frasier's writing, her ability to illustrate the atmosphere from the claustrophobic woodlands of the Pacific Coast Trail to the sheering winds and glorious colors of the Mojave desert. I would read her books for her descriptions of locale alone, the fact that I also like her characters is just icing. I highly recommend this series but you really must read the books in order or you will be totally lost in Tell Me. Then, after you've read these two, go back and pick up her other series. They are terrific as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm Extraordinaire

    ⭐⭐ -- Disappointing sequel I had such high hopes for this one. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one was just...bad. It was slow. Predictable. The plot was all over the place. I even found Reni to be annoying and self-absorbed...sigh. It is what it is. I am still onboard to give this series another try. So 🤞🏻 the next book gets back on track! **ARC Via NetGalley**

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    What happens when you go hiking in the woods and give up all your mobile devices beforehand? Well, something terrible happens, of course! Any reader of the mystery/horror genre could tell you that. Three teenage girls are sent to a “rehabilitation” camp in California on the Pacific Coast Trail by their parents to break them of their social media fixations. While on a nature hiking trip, their counselor is murdered, and they disappear. Detective Daniel Ellis and criminal profiler Reni Fisher from What happens when you go hiking in the woods and give up all your mobile devices beforehand? Well, something terrible happens, of course! Any reader of the mystery/horror genre could tell you that. Three teenage girls are sent to a “rehabilitation” camp in California on the Pacific Coast Trail by their parents to break them of their social media fixations. While on a nature hiking trip, their counselor is murdered, and they disappear. Detective Daniel Ellis and criminal profiler Reni Fisher from the first book, Find Me, are back to solve the crime and find the missing girls. Both are still dealing with the pain of their own disturbing pasts, and Reni in particular is hesitant to jump into this case. But jump right in they do and must follow confusing clues to find the missing girls, all the while trying to soothe the distraught parents. Then another young woman is found missing who took a video of the crime scene and posted it on social media. As the case ramps up, Reni discovers something from Daniel’s past they may be too much for him to handle. I was excited to be able to read this book as I enjoyed the first one so much. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Thomas & Mercer, for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion. I’m looking forward to more Daniel and Reni cases. I gave this four stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    I was fortunate enough to discover Anne Frasier last year with her Inland Empire series and the second book, Tell Me, is a great follow up to Find Me. Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing and Anne Frasier for my finished copy of this book. After finding out her father is a serial killer, Reni Fisher is not okay. She leaves her job at the FBI and wants a simple life of creating the art she loves so much...even if her paintings are of the places her father left his victims. But when detective Da I was fortunate enough to discover Anne Frasier last year with her Inland Empire series and the second book, Tell Me, is a great follow up to Find Me. Thank you so much to Amazon Publishing and Anne Frasier for my finished copy of this book. After finding out her father is a serial killer, Reni Fisher is not okay. She leaves her job at the FBI and wants a simple life of creating the art she loves so much...even if her paintings are of the places her father left his victims. But when detective Daniel Ellis calls, needing help with a case, she knows she is best suited to head up to the Pacific Crest Trail to survey the scene. Reni is also called because something isn’t quite right at the scene...it looks staged. The only lead they have in the case is a video uploaded to social media showing the murder scene. The woman who uploaded it disappeared into thin air and no one is sure if it’s a hoax or the real thing. Regardless, there is the dead body of a hiking guide and three missing teenage girls, so something has gone horribly wrong. Thoughts: After reading her first in the Inland Empire series, Find Me, I knew this series would be a hit, and Tell Me is just as compelling. Anne Frasier does an amazing job of drawing the reader into the story immediately. Reni is a dynamic, interesting, and flawed character that is easy to connect with. Her relationship with Daniel is real and heartwarming, especially when they’ve both been through so much. Broken characters are beautiful and these form a connection despite their pain. The setting in this book is a character in itself. Being from this exact area in California, I know how well written these places are and could imagine myself in every one. The dry heat of the desert, the fresh air of the mountains, and the lonely stretches of drive all add context and atmosphere to a heart-pounding story. This book includes social commentary about and the male entitlement, anger and fear of students in school and the dangers of social media. This book is perfect for people who are just starting to read thrillers and want to go on a fun and mysterious journey. It is easy to follow, easy to connect with, and has a satisfying ending. 4-stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    April 18, 2021 Things Happen And Answers Are Needed... When A Murder With Three Missing Persons... Takes Place Clues Need To Be Found... Yet For This Case Is Not Following... The Regular Steps... First, This Guide Is Definitely Killed... But The Three Hikers Vanish... Poof... There is a Lead, A Video On Social Media... But Is It Real... Or Is Someone Doing Another "Blair Witch Project"... Next, One Of The Hikers Is Found... Confused, Afraid, And Not Making Sense... Criminal Profiler Reni Fisher... And Detectiv April 18, 2021 Things Happen And Answers Are Needed... When A Murder With Three Missing Persons... Takes Place Clues Need To Be Found... Yet For This Case Is Not Following... The Regular Steps... First, This Guide Is Definitely Killed... But The Three Hikers Vanish... Poof... There is a Lead, A Video On Social Media... But Is It Real... Or Is Someone Doing Another "Blair Witch Project"... Next, One Of The Hikers Is Found... Confused, Afraid, And Not Making Sense... Criminal Profiler Reni Fisher... And Detective Daniel Ellis... Have History With Crimes... And Their Personal Lives... There Seems To Be... Too Much To Handle With This Case... What Is Real, What Is Made Up... What Comes From Their Personal Pasts... It Is Like They Want The Clues To Just... Tell Me-July 27, 2021 Find Me (Inland Empire, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Tell Me (Inland Empire, #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Reni and Daniel are at it again. Solving crime and helping each other heal at the same time. I flew threw this book needing to know what happened out there on the trail. The author had me once again surprised at the end of the book. Never thought the surprise cameo would show up at Daniels house. This book is a must read for the summer. #TellMe #NetGalley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    Gasp out loud almost choked shocks!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    After I was so impressed with Find Me, I've been looking forward to the sequel. While the writing here is just as good, too many unrealistic coincidences made the plot far-fetched. In this one, Det. Daniel Ellis tracks down a kidnapper. A group of girls at a camp for device addiction were attacked while they slept; one was murdered and the others are missing. In the first of several "what are the odds" developments, Emerson Rose's mother reaches out to Detective Ellis - seeing as how he rescued h After I was so impressed with Find Me, I've been looking forward to the sequel. While the writing here is just as good, too many unrealistic coincidences made the plot far-fetched. In this one, Det. Daniel Ellis tracks down a kidnapper. A group of girls at a camp for device addiction were attacked while they slept; one was murdered and the others are missing. In the first of several "what are the odds" developments, Emerson Rose's mother reaches out to Detective Ellis - seeing as how he rescued her a couple years before during a school shooting. (view spoiler)[It also turns out that Emerson's mom dated Daniel Ellis in college. (hide spoiler)] Small world, eh? Another plotline involves Daniel's ongoing search for his mother, who has long been presumed to be a victim of the Inland Empire killer. That story's outcome is supremely disappointing. I can't in good conscience give this 2 stars, but only because the writing is really very good. The story in this one needed a lot more work - even the author acknowledged she had to scrap her original idea because Covid forced her to change her research plans. If she writes a third book in the series I'll want to see if it gets back to the quality of Find Me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    #TellMe #NetGalley" Thanks to NetGalley, Anne Frasier and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC for an honest review. Three young hikers and their guide or mentor are found missing and Reni Fisher and Daniel Ellis attempt to find them. The plot it complicated and perhaps even a bit contrived and unrealistic. Reni has been trying to find Daniel's mother, even though he asked her not to. When it happens it is a shock to the reader and Daniel too, I feel. I truly enjoyed "Find Me" and this book, while well wri #TellMe #NetGalley" Thanks to NetGalley, Anne Frasier and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC for an honest review. Three young hikers and their guide or mentor are found missing and Reni Fisher and Daniel Ellis attempt to find them. The plot it complicated and perhaps even a bit contrived and unrealistic. Reni has been trying to find Daniel's mother, even though he asked her not to. When it happens it is a shock to the reader and Daniel too, I feel. I truly enjoyed "Find Me" and this book, while well written, was not as enjoyable for me. Perhaps because, as the author said it was written during the pandemic. I'm glad that Reni and Daniel seem to be figuring their lives out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy P

    This book was incredible. Lots of twists and turns. I love how Reni's mind works. The two main characters have grest personalities, are a little broken, a lot loyal and really good at their jobs. My heart broke for Daniel in this one, just like Reni in book one. I'm not gonna give spoilers, so not sure what else to say, other than this is a must read. Lots of plot points moving at same time, yet tracked well. Told from both main characters POV. We get a HFN ending. No cliffhangers. Higjly recomm This book was incredible. Lots of twists and turns. I love how Reni's mind works. The two main characters have grest personalities, are a little broken, a lot loyal and really good at their jobs. My heart broke for Daniel in this one, just like Reni in book one. I'm not gonna give spoilers, so not sure what else to say, other than this is a must read. Lots of plot points moving at same time, yet tracked well. Told from both main characters POV. We get a HFN ending. No cliffhangers. Higjly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The author certainly hits on a popular today topic. Social media addiction and to what lengths the influencers will go to get likes. Three girls are sent to a social media addiction rehab. They are hiking with their counselor/guide when the guide is murdered and they go missing. Homicide Detective Daniel Ellis decides to investigate when a video is uploaded to YouTube showing the murdered counselor/guide. Not sure if its a hoax, publicity stunt or an actual murder, he calls Reni Fisher to accomp The author certainly hits on a popular today topic. Social media addiction and to what lengths the influencers will go to get likes. Three girls are sent to a social media addiction rehab. They are hiking with their counselor/guide when the guide is murdered and they go missing. Homicide Detective Daniel Ellis decides to investigate when a video is uploaded to YouTube showing the murdered counselor/guide. Not sure if its a hoax, publicity stunt or an actual murder, he calls Reni Fisher to accompany him out to the trail to see. What they find is not a hoax. There is a dead body and proof that they were 3 other girls there. Daniel and Reni are such uniquely broken characters. Both of Reni's parent were serial killers and her childhood was spent unknowingly helping her father lure in his victims. This has permanently scared her and ended her career as a FBI profiler. She still chooses to live remotely in the desert of California with her dog and uses painting with watercolors as a stress relief. Daniel's mother disappearing over 30 years ago also left him broken on the inside. The not knowing what happened to her was detrimental in his becoming a homicide detective. He and Reni make a good team and they know and understand each others pain and don't try and fix each other. I cant say the murder/mystery part of this book was a shocking/captivating as the first book. Its certainly relevant to today's times but I did miss the dark, twisted and shocking aspect from the first book. I really like the main characters and look forward to more books about them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I have been anxiously awaiting this book since reading the last page of Find Me. The mystery of the book was well executed and believable as social media dictates much of our view on the world and this is especially true for teenagers. I am invested in Daniel and Reni. My heart hurt for Daniel throughout this book. There are big revelations that are core shakers. It was entertaining to watch the dance that continues between Reni and Daniel....it is my hope there are more books in this world and t I have been anxiously awaiting this book since reading the last page of Find Me. The mystery of the book was well executed and believable as social media dictates much of our view on the world and this is especially true for teenagers. I am invested in Daniel and Reni. My heart hurt for Daniel throughout this book. There are big revelations that are core shakers. It was entertaining to watch the dance that continues between Reni and Daniel....it is my hope there are more books in this world and the dance spins out into something.

  25. 4 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    Anne Frasier is an auto-buy author, I've yet to be disappointed. "Find Me" was such an intense book, this one was not quite as intense, but just as engrossing. The first chapter jumps right into the action, following three teens and a camp counselor hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They're at an exclusive (expensive) camp that confiscates cell phones so teens can break their obsessions with social media. As the parent of two teenage girls this passage made me chuckle: "How weird life must have be Anne Frasier is an auto-buy author, I've yet to be disappointed. "Find Me" was such an intense book, this one was not quite as intense, but just as engrossing. The first chapter jumps right into the action, following three teens and a camp counselor hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They're at an exclusive (expensive) camp that confiscates cell phones so teens can break their obsessions with social media. As the parent of two teenage girls this passage made me chuckle: "How weird life must have been before the internet and cell phones. Emerson couldn’t begin to imagine it. She knew people who’d lived both kinds of existences. Her mother, for one. It must have been awful." After the teens vanish and the counselor is dead, Daniel needs Reni's help again. Time is critical and Reni knows the area. I love their relationship. Both a little broken, but their friendship seems to be healing for both of them. Reni is now painting to help her heal with her childhood trauma and awful parents, Daniel has (sort of) moved on from finding out why his mother disappeared. The case was a good one, with some twists I didn't see coming. There didn't seem to be any hanging threads at the end, so I assume there aren't any more books in the series, but I'd read more about these characters in a heartbeat. I've never hiked the Pacific Crest Trail or been to the Mojave Desert, but I almost feel as if I have after reading this. Frasier has a real gift with locations and it's one of the reasons I love her books so much.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Staci Troilo

    Socially Relevant Without Preaching Maybe it’s the mom in me, but I cheered to see the book begin with teens who were sent to a camp with no technology, forced to unplug from the world because their dependence on the Internet had gotten out of hand. Granted, it was a very posh camp, but the girls didn’t have it easy. Then it all went downhill from there. Their guide was murdered, and there was no sign of the girls. Were they abducted? Did they flee? Was this an elaborate Internet prank to increase Socially Relevant Without Preaching Maybe it’s the mom in me, but I cheered to see the book begin with teens who were sent to a camp with no technology, forced to unplug from the world because their dependence on the Internet had gotten out of hand. Granted, it was a very posh camp, but the girls didn’t have it easy. Then it all went downhill from there. Their guide was murdered, and there was no sign of the girls. Were they abducted? Did they flee? Was this an elaborate Internet prank to increase their viewers that somehow went horribly wrong? Enter the cop (Daniel) and the profiler (Reni), both with more emotional baggage than they can fit in their knapsacks as they hike the mountain. There’s a lot of history there. (I didn’t realize this is the second book in the series, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this story, though I’d like to go back and read the first to fill in some blanks.) The way their pasts and presents collide makes for some heart-wrenching moments. The plot unravels at a brisk, steady pace and has as many twists and turns as the trail the girls disappeared on. The ending was telegraphed throughout, but I think some readers might miss the hints and find it to be a surprise. All in all, it was a solid mystery that kept me engaged, and I’m interested in more from this series. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this work in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Reen

    Criminal profiler Reni Fisher retired from the FBI following a breakdown and Daniel Ellis is a San Bernardino Sheriff's office detective. They worked together in the first book, where Reni's serial killer father, Benjamin Fisher, promises to reveal burial sites of his victims in the Mojave Desert. Daniel believes his mother's disappearance was related to him. When a video surfaces on social media of a dead woman's body in her tent, Daniel contacts Reni for help to find the possible murder site. Criminal profiler Reni Fisher retired from the FBI following a breakdown and Daniel Ellis is a San Bernardino Sheriff's office detective. They worked together in the first book, where Reni's serial killer father, Benjamin Fisher, promises to reveal burial sites of his victims in the Mojave Desert. Daniel believes his mother's disappearance was related to him. When a video surfaces on social media of a dead woman's body in her tent, Daniel contacts Reni for help to find the possible murder site. At the campsite on California's PCT, a guide is found murdered and three young women are missing. The women were part of a retreat/rehab that kept them away from their social media addiction and they were camping and hiking the trail. Were these women involved, was it staged to gain more followers, or are there other other sinister forces involved? Frasier once again does an excellent job of immersing the reader in the location and makes you feel like you have personally experienced it. The young women appear as though they are shallow interlopers in the age-old forest that holds its own secrets. The friendship between Reni and Daniel continues to develop as they both try to cope with past trauma of their childhoods and they begin to become reliant on each other. Some nice twists and great ending. I highly recommend this author and this series. Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Story 4 stars Narration 4.5 stars Good addition to this series although I’m not sure if there will be more? Kind of think there will be because of things that didn’t happen if that makes sense. I still feel like there needs to be more closure for the case. It actually was really short for an audiobook mystery. When you look at the timer and realize there’s still an hour and almost half left and you thought it was almost over you know things just might heat up again. Made for an interesting time f Story 4 stars Narration 4.5 stars Good addition to this series although I’m not sure if there will be more? Kind of think there will be because of things that didn’t happen if that makes sense. I still feel like there needs to be more closure for the case. It actually was really short for an audiobook mystery. When you look at the timer and realize there’s still an hour and almost half left and you thought it was almost over you know things just might heat up again. Made for an interesting time for me and I literally couldn’t stop listening. As before, the main characters are different than the norm especially the heroine. She’s had quite the life and not in a good way. The hero’s life had major problems in his past as well. I thought the plot was very intricate which is always a good thing in a mystery. I do think as I already stated that there’s some missing info needed or maybe I missed something. It could have been a bit longer to maybe explain some things a bit better maybe? Just a thought. Still I did very much enjoy the listen. Recommended to ages 15 plus due to some violence. Or more than some at times. No sexual situations. FYI- I would definitely read book one before this one as it would explain a lot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This book was generally well written and entertaining. It's perhaps my favourite Frasier novel I've read so far, and I looked forward to it after reading the first novel in this series. The story centres around the investigation of a crime scene on one of the US's major hiking trails, and for a book of its genre, it does what it says on the tin. That said, I wish Frasier would write a series that didn't involve a damaged main character and her slightly less damaged actual or defacto male partner. This book was generally well written and entertaining. It's perhaps my favourite Frasier novel I've read so far, and I looked forward to it after reading the first novel in this series. The story centres around the investigation of a crime scene on one of the US's major hiking trails, and for a book of its genre, it does what it says on the tin. That said, I wish Frasier would write a series that didn't involve a damaged main character and her slightly less damaged actual or defacto male partner. Not just in this series, but the other two that I started of hers, the lead character's backstory often seems so unbelievable and so related to the region of the country they are based that it feels like the author uses it as a crutch instead of developing characters that may be flawed and develop during the series, but don't have outlandish backstories that are sometimes wilder than the novels' plots. I still recommend this series for those who like crime novels and thrillers. It's a two book run, and they are fast, entertaining reads

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Redder

    I'm loving this series! 'As though her life had stopped after the shooting. Sad to think about. Tragedies had a way of locking people into the age they were when the disaster hit.' Reni and Daniel (two of my favorite detectives) investigate a murder and the mysterious disappearance of three young hikers at a campsite on California's Pacific Crest Trail. The only lead? an online video of the crime scene. Raising more questions than answers the video has Daniel an Reni struggling to find out what ha I'm loving this series! 'As though her life had stopped after the shooting. Sad to think about. Tragedies had a way of locking people into the age they were when the disaster hit.' Reni and Daniel (two of my favorite detectives) investigate a murder and the mysterious disappearance of three young hikers at a campsite on California's Pacific Crest Trail. The only lead? an online video of the crime scene. Raising more questions than answers the video has Daniel an Reni struggling to find out what happened before it's too late. The two detectives take on more than the case at hand when buried secrets start to surface which threatens to destroy their relationship.

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