Monique, the daughter of San Diego Chargers football great Earl Faison, married her high school sweetheart soon after she discovered she was pregnant with his child. Her relationship with Chris was shaky from the start, but turned tumultuous as he became verbally and physically abusive. When she could no longer put up with the abuse, she left him with their children. That was when the stalking and genuine threats began. Nothing stopped him—not protection injunctions, police warnings, or even arrests. One fateful Monday morning, Chris kidnapped Monique in front of her children and drove off on a nightmarish car ride that involved car crashes and rape. He mercilessly beat her on the head with a shovel and abandoned her brutalized body in the woods in the rain. He left, presuming she was dead . . . but was she?
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"Playing Dead is a good memoir by Monique Faison Ross. It is well written and narrated by Janina Edwards who does a great job, as well. I enjoyed this true-crime novel, but man, the abuse this lady suffered is so sad. Glad she survived to tell the tale. Highly recommend. "
Julie (5 out of 5 stars)