Book 4, Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series - A gripping serial killer thriller
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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.
What readers are saying about Play Dead:
I read this book in one sitting, yes it really was that good: the perfect crime thriller, well plotted, great characters, suspense and the most deviant and chilling serial killer Utterly gripping and it's certainly going to be in my top reads of 2016 5 stars out of 5 plus a glass of wine (to steady my nerves, after reading such a heart-pounding crime thriller).' The Book Review Cafe
'Wow wow wow I absolutely freaking loved it and without a shadow of doubt this is the best one yet with this one being more gritty and tense. You crime book fans are seriously going to love it. If you haven't read any yet this can be read as a standalone although I would advise reading the series. It's too good not to miss... I cannot recommend this book enough it's flippin fantastic or like they say in the Black Country Supa' smashin' great read!' Chelle's book reviews
'Hooks you and reels you in. Life gets put on hold until you've finished the latest offering in her AMAZING Kim Stone series. Utterly fantastic.' Reading Room with a View
'Wow. Give me a minute while I catch my breath, because I've just finished the latest Angela Marson's book. Ingest it by any means, just make sure you do. It is a riveting, blood-tingling, pulse pounding read that will take you on the journey that will play on your mind long after you've finished reading.' Caroline-Writes
'This may well be the best thriller I have ever read. I could hardly breathe with the suspense and it was definitely a hardship to wrench myself away from the action.' Redheaded Bookworm
'I defy anyone to turn away from the page. I was glued to this book a truly gripping and ,at times, terrifying story.' Book Addict Shaun
'Can I give 6 stars? The best book I've read all year so far ÄDark, intense, spine-tingling and absolutely perfect.' The Bookshelf Blog
'A thrilling, tense and nail biting read' Best Crime Books & More
'Wow, I didn't think Angela Marsons DI Kim Stone series could get any better, but this one really has blown me away! Fast paced and tension filled, I loved every second of this rollercoaster of a ride. How soon can the next one be released? A highly recommended 5 star read.' Cal Turner Reviews
'Play Dead is fast paced, has a complex mystery, and great, well-developed characters. I did not want to put it down (so I just kept reading).' Bibliophile and avid reader
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Play Dead by Angela Marsons is the fourth D.I. Kim Stone novel. Kim Stone and her team are being given a “treat” by their boss, Detective Chief Inspector Woodward for solving their latest case. They are being sent to Westerley, a body farm. The West Mercia precinct recently solved two cold cases thanks to information from Westerley. Woodward is hoping his team will benefit from the trip. Unfortunately, the stumble across a body that is not a part of the body farm. Someone beat and killed a woman and then dumped her body at Westerley (it would seem like the perfect dump site). How did they get onto the property without anyone noticing? While searching for clues, another body turns up in similar condition. Are the two connected in any way (besides the killer)? Then reporter, Tracy Frost turns up missing. As much as Kim dislikes Tracy, she sets out to find her before it is too late. Will Kim and her team be able to find the killer before Tracy becomes his third victim?
Play Dead was a wonderful novel. Play Dead is fast paced, has a complex mystery, and great, well-developed characters. I did not want to put it down (so I just kept reading). Play Dead was my favorite book in the series. I liked how Kim is developing and changing and the addition of Barney, her dog, in her life. We also get more details on Kim’s childhood and it will help you understand her trust issues. The mystery will draw you in and there is a good twist at the end that most people will not see coming. It was good to get more information on Tracy Frost (it will help you to understand her better). While Play Dead can be read alone, I would highly suggest you go back and read the other book in the series. It will help you know and understand the characters. One thing that gave me a good laugh is the TARDIS reference (you have to be a Doctor Who fan to get it). I give Play Dead 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait to read the next book in the D.I. Kim Stone series (let’s hope the author and publisher do not keep us waiting long).
I received a complimentary copy of Play Dead from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
Love, love, love!!!!
If you can't get enough of detective stories, this is a must read. I have loved all 4 of the books in this series, and I can't wait until #5 comes out!
Well written, captivating mystery. Great character development and book holds together all the way through. Look forward to more books.