Dead on the Delta

Dead on the Delta - Stacey Jay Dead on the Delta is set in Louisiana town in a world in which the fae exist. Unlike other fae stories, Jay does not actually allow the supernatural to become characters in her story. The fae in this case have mutated and survive on human blood. One bite from fae can call instantly but in most cases it leads to insanity. Jay is not shy about using ableist language to describe this. "For seventy-five percent of the human population, Fey venom leads to insanity, with a slow build to batshit crazy that makes syphilis look gentle by comparison."[page 14] All surviving towns in the south are surrounded by iron gates to keep the fae out and people must travel in completely iron covered vehicles. There is a percentage of the population that is immune to fae venom and that is where our protagonist Annabelle Lee comes in. Annabelle Lee of course has the tragic past that we have become accustomed to for urban fantasy protagonists. A night of partying with her sister leads to her sisters death from fae bite. For some reason she holds herself accountable for her sisters death. Annabelle has no relationship with her parents because they always favored her sister and supposedly would have preferred her death. None of this by the way reads at all realistic. Annabelle is also a drop out from medical school and she has a massive drinking problem which she is in denial about. Her job is too pick up fairy droppings and investigate fae concentrations because she is immune.When we meet Annabelle she is collecting a body that has been left out for the animals to destroy. Though she is told by Cane, her police officer boyfriend to stay out of the case, Annabelle quickly becomes involved. The tension escalates when her ex boyfriend, now a member of the FBI comes out to investigate the murder. To make matters worse, Annabelle is attacked by an invisible man. She knows that no one will believe her if she tells them. Her body is also beginning to change and she finds that she can move things without touching them. This book is 270 pages long but it felt like it was well over 1000. Jay spends fire too much dumping info at the start of the book and much of it is irrelevant to the story. Annabelle is anything but a sympathetic character though she is clearly suffering from PTSD after watching her sister die and the deaths that she saw once the mutation occurred. Annabelle sees herself as a true minority.Read More