Published on 20 May 2014 by Bookouture and can be found here Amazon UK
Play Dead is the fourth in the DI Kim Stone series.
The dead don’t tell secrets… unless you listen.
The girl’s smashed-in face stared unseeing up to the blue sky, soil spilling out of her mouth. A hundred flies hovered above the bloodied mess.
Westerley research facility is not for the faint-hearted. A ‘body farm’ investigating human decomposition, its inhabitants are corpses in various states of decay. But when Detective Kim Stone and her team discover the fresh body of a young woman, it seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover to bury their crime.
Then a second girl is attacked and left for dead, her body drugged and mouth filled with soil. It’s clear to Stone and the team that a serial killer is at work – but just how many bodies will they uncover? And who is next?
As local reporter, Tracy Frost, disappears, the stakes are raised. The past seems to hold the key to the killer’s secrets – but can Kim uncover the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another victim …?
The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons.
**** Angela Marsons Play Dead Blog Tour Review****
Kim Stone is back for a fourth outing in Angela Marsons’ massively popular crime series. Hooray!!!
Grumpy, but loveable Kim check, multiple murder in a creepy weird way check, inappropriate quippy police banter check…. Yes it’s Play Dead – the brand new Kim Stone!
Kim and her team are sent to a research facility, that houses dead bodies for experimentation. This is known colloquially as a ‘body farm’. This is an unsettling place, where the dead cadavers are observed in their decomposition, with the brutal impact of the environment and various hungry insect life . Unluckily for Kim, they find a dead unofficial body hidden. This turns into a murder enquiry. Someone has been hiding murder victims amongst the decomposing experiments. Another woman is found barely alive there, not long afterwards. Then local reporter, Tracy Frost disappears. Can Kim save Tracy, before it’s too late? What exactly is going on?
This is a hugely entertaining crime read, with wide appeal. The legion of Kim Stone fans will not be disappointed. Kim is still battling her demons, resisting a gorgeous man (give in to him, Kim! You know you want to!) and showing compassion towards those who are suffering. Her down to earth, blunt approach has won us all over.
Although I guessed some of what was going on, I still fell for a few of the red herrings. Angela Marsons’ pace and timing was excellent, as ever. I completely enjoyed the horribly creepy body farm environment and the build up of tension, as we try to work out whodunnit. The highlight for me was when Kim started to see similarities between herself and the reporter, Tracy Frost. Both have a cleverly constructed way of presenting themselves to the outside world. They are vulnerable, hiding behind a tough façade. Enemies can find a way forward. Maybe they will become pals? Kim needs a friend.
Here is to more dark tales from the pen of Angela Marsons! Fabulous stuff!
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