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** My thanks to the wonderful folks at Bookouture (aka Kim & Noelle)  for my copy of Murder Game and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour **



A serial killer is playing a terrifying game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead. 

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the twisted killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die… 

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to use his criminal connections to set up a dangerous meeting. Because to catch this killer, she needs to think like one… 

But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team become. Is Mason really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining Ruby up to be his next victim?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James will be hooked by this dark and utterly disturbing thriller, packed with twists until the final page.

My Thoughts & Review:

Fianlly, the third book in the Detective Ruby Preston series, oh how I’ve waited to get my hands on this book!!  I’ve been a fan of this series since book one, Death Note but have been a fan of Caroline Mitchell’s writing for some time now.

The plot of this book is brilliant, and absolutely gripping.  I loved that Ruby is back in a relationship with Nathan Crosby, the danger and the clandestine air to their pairing just makes this all the more exciting!

Ruby Preston finds herself up against a ruthless killer, one who seems to be playing a deadly game and worst of all paying homage to a serial killer who is now behind bars for the crimes he committed.  The copycat killer is taunting the police, leaving pictures as clues for them to solve, and pitting them against the clock before a second victim is taken.  If this killer isn’t enough to chill readers to the core, then the original killer definitely will.  Ruby goes to him in prison, hoping that he might be able to answer some of her questions, but he seems to have his own agenda which adds a wonderfully gripping edge to the plot.

Anytime I’ve seen Caroline Mitchell interviewed on a blog or appearing on social media she comes across as such a lovely and friendly person, so kind and generally the sort of person you could chat to over a cuppa (and cake!), but somehow she manages to create characters who are the antithesis if of herself.  The killers in Murder Game are so disturbing, making this the perfect read for Halloween season.  I did find there were a couple of times I squirmed as I read, that old “someone walking over your grave” sensation kicked in a couple of times but that wasn’t enough to drag me away from this book!  Absolutely stunned when the final reveal came, hat tip to Caroline Mitchell there, even with the number of psychological thrillers I’ve read I didn’t see the killer’s identity coming at all!

If you’ve not read any of Caroline Mitchell’s books I would seriously recommend them, and urge you to pick up the Ruby Preston series!

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Published: 1 September 2017



One mistake could change your life forever.

Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.

David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.

Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.

In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.

How far would you go to save everything you have?


My Thoughts & Review:

S.D. Monaghan is a new author for me, and when you hear great buzz about an author and their book from trusted bookworms you just know you have to check it out!  Thankfully the wonderful folks at Bookouture (Noelle and Kim) were running a blog blitz for this book and were kind enough to give me the opportunity to read an early copy.

With such an impressive opening, readers will be going into this book holding their breath in anticipation of what lies ahead.  Without rehashing the plot I will say that this is an interesting idea for a book, the two main characters David and Tara moving into their dream home, happily married and their first child on the way – sounds like something that would feature at the end of a Disney film with the tag line “And they lived happily ever after”…. but one decision changes this idyllic scene into something from a nightmare.
Although the pace is initially quite slow, this is necessary to build the tension and give the reader a chance to find out more about David and Tara, explore their histories and generally set the scene for this psychological thriller.
Once the pace picks up this does turn into one of those books you don’t want to put down, you end up reading “just another chapter” and before you know it, it’s 3 in the morning and you’ve to get up at 7.

The style of writing is enjoyable to read, and I did enjoy that some chapters were left with a bit of a cliffhanger, making me need to read on to find out what happened next.  Whilst neither of the main characters were particularly likeable, I think that this worked well with this plot.  Something about less than favourable characters woven together with a twisted and complex plot makes for quite a satisfying read.

I can’t wait to see what S.D. Monaghan writes next!


You can buy a copy of “The Accident” via:

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My thanks to Noelle and Kim at Bookouture for the chance to read an early copy of this and for inviting me to be part of the blog blitz.


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Author: Holly Martin

Published: 22 September 2016
Reviewed: 29 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

My Thoughts & Review:

Reading any of Holly Martin’s books is like curling up on the sofa with your best friend and catching up, so when I discovered Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky I knew I would need to immediately download a copy.

For fans of the White Cliff Bay series this is a departure from the much loved setting and characters we have come to  know and love, but in turn this does give us some shiny new characters to get to know and a wonderful new setting to dream about.

Piper Chesterfield is once again on Juniper Island, which is part of the Shetland Islands.  She’s there to review the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel, a winter resort with log cabins, a glass palace and glass igloos.  Unfortunately for Piper, the resort is owned and run by Gabe Whitaker, her childhood best friend and at one point, the love of her life.  For Piper this will be an incredibly hard assignment, Gabe broke her heart when she was 17 but she has to be professional and do what she came to do.
Gabe is just as stunned to see Piper as she is to see him, but he has other concerns to prioritise, his four year old daughter Wren.

The attention to detail in this book is beyond belief, Holly Martin usually pulls out all the stops in her books to make the reader feel utterly immersed in the settings but this book truly goes one step beyond.  The Christmas market that Piper visits needs to become reality.  It sounds completely wonderful, the snow globe shop has to be one of my favourites.  The little details about each of the shops and villagers brings the market alive, transporting the reader to a perfect little Christmas Wonderland.
In all honesty, all of the settings in this book sound magical, Holly Martin knows how to conjure locations that will capture the hearts of her audience.  The hotel is vividly described, the magnificent ice palace, the ice carvings (provided by a character in a previous book), it is all so well written that it sounds real!

The story combines humour (the Shetland ponies immediately spring to mind) and romance effectively.  This is a heart warming read and perfect to start you in the Christmas spirit.  Holly’s writing style has the reader curled up in a cosy embrace with a story that flows well and is a joy to read.

I just need to read  Christmas Under a Starlit Sky next!

You can buy a copy of Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky here.


About The Author:

Holly lives in sunny Bedfordshire in a house with round windows. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 6 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.

Follow her on Twitter @hollymartin00

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Author: Helen Pollard

Published: 26 August 2016
Reviewed: 25 September 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

My Thoughts & Review:

Having read and enjoyed The Little French Guesthouse I was delighted to read this sequel and to catch up Rupert and Emmy.  One of the nicest things about this book is that it picks up right where the first book left off, meaning the reader can instantly continue with a wonderful story and equally wonderful characters.  This can be read as a standalone book, there is enough information to give the back stories however, with writing as lovely this you really shouldn’t deprive yourself of book 1.

Without recapping book 1 or retelling the story of this book, I will say that nothing goes as plain sailing for Emmy as it should.  Catastrophes to be averted, outlandish behaviour to mitigate and the return of Emmy’s nemesis are just some of the challenges to be faced.  The story is funny, endearing, entertaining and gives the reader that ‘feel good factor’.

Once again, Helen Pollard has created a story that pulls the reader in, wraps them up in the beautiful French countryside and makes them feel like they’re at home.  The descriptions of the settings feel so familiar, almost as if they were physical memories from a holiday at La Cour des Roses rather than just remembering from the previous book.
As previously, the characters are fantastically created, each one has their own charm and appeal (or lack thereof in certain cases!).

All too often with a sequel the story stalls, the book is never as good as the first and you feel like you’ve wasted your time reading it, but this sequel swiftly avoids those pitfalls, this is a wonderful book.

You can buy a copy of Return to the Little French Guesthouse here.

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Author: Helen Pollard

Published: 28 April 2016
Reviewed: 23 September 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?

When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can’t wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they’ve barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner’s cougar wife.

Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery.

Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she’s ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday – wouldn’t it?

My Thoughts & Review:

The Little French Guesthouse is the first book in the series by Helen Pollard.  Set in the beautiful French countryside, the reader is instantly immersed in drama when Emmy rushes find Gloria after Rupert has a heart attack and finds Gloria and her boyfriend in a compromising position.  Emmy is devastated at the discovery, and soon Nathan breaks her heart completely by leaving with Gloria.  Ever the kind soul, Emmy offers to help Rupert running the business, and soon finds herself so busy she has no time to dwell on what happened with Nathan.

The descriptiveness of the narrative is utterly superb, Pollard conveys such a rich image of the French countryside, the châteaux, the gîtes and the market come alive through her writing.  The characters are interesting and for the most part likeable, Emmy is one of those characters that many readers will instantly connect with and be rooting for.   The subsequent friendship that forms between Emmy and Rupert is a delight to read.

The book itself is an easy and enjoyable read, the writing flows well and readers can easily become immersed in the story and the picturesque settings.  A perfect read for a quiet Sunday afternoon!

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book Return to the Little French Guesthouse

You can buy a copy of The Little French Guesthouse here.


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Author: Angela Marsons

Published: 11 July 2016
Reviewed: 6 September 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



Three sisters. Three childhoods ruined. One chance to heal the scars of the past.

After their death of their cruel and abusive mother, estranged sisters Alex, Catherine and Beth reunite once again.

Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unhappy woman who refuses to face the horrors of her childhood. Finding solace in a bottle, her life is spiralling dangerously out of control.

Eldest child, Catherine, has strived for success, despite her difficult upbringing. But behind the carefully constructed façade lies a secret that could shatter her world forever.

Beth, the middle child, bore the greatest burden. But having blocked out the cruelty they suffered, she remained with their mother until her death. Now she must confront the devastating reality of the past.

Brought together as strangers, the sisters embark on a painful journey to heal themselves and each other. Can they finally put their terrible childhoods to rest and start over?

My Thoughts & Review:

Angela Marsons is a name I am familiar with for crime novels, so when I heard that she was writing in a different genre I was immediately curious.

The subject of this book touches on something that many readers will be uncomfortable with, child abuse and how it’s effects are long reaching.  I would urge caution to some readers who may find the subject matter difficult to read, this is an emotional read and one that some may feel is “too much”.  Each instance is handled well by Marsons, kept short to focus the reader on the characters in the present rather than in the past.

This book sympathetically follows the tale of three sisters Alex, Catherine and Beth, recounting the abuse inflicted on them and the subsequent damage caused by it.  The abuse suffered by each sister differed and so too does their coping mechanisms.

Following the death of their mother, the three women are reunited after years of estrangement from each other.
Catherine, the eldest has succeeded in ways her mother never did but something still isn’t right, things are falling apart in her life despite having a wonderful husband who loves her, twin daughters, a lovely home and a job that she is good at.  She has kept her childhood deeply buried from those around her, her husband knows nothing of her harrowing upbringing.
Beth, the middle child remained with their mother, acting as her carer towards the end having never found the opportune time to leave.  Her tale is perhaps the most painful to read, she suffered the brunt of the abuse from their mother and her way of coping with it seems to be blocking it out and forgetting that it happened.
Alex, the youngest has severe issues with alcohol and found it was easier to turn to alcohol than the woman she loved and lose herself in a bottle.

The fact that none of these women ever sought professional help to deal with their abusive childhood makes this such a compelling and harrowing read.  Each of them has been moulded by what they endured at the hands of their mother, a woman who should have loved, cared for and cherished these girls.
Perhaps because I am a mother I read this book and cried, feeling utter desolation that someone could inflict this upon children.  Perhaps I cried because the details of the book are so compulsive to read and despite wanting to put down this book and not touch it, I felt driven to read on to find out if the sisters would eventually find closure and be able to find eventual happiness.

Marsons shows incredible skill, writing such a delicate subject in such a careful and sympathetic manner and takes the reader on an emotionally haunting journey.

Dear Mother was previously published as The Middle Child.

You can buy a copy of Dear Mother here.

About the Author


Author Image & Information courtesy of Amazon

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.

For more information about Angela Marsons and her books go to her website http://angelamarsons-books.com or follow her on Twitter @WriteAngie

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Author: Tom Bale

Published: 1 September 2016
Reviewed: 2 September 2016

5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.

It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine, a barbecue with the kids.
But a knock on the garden gate and two words, ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.

When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.

Someone is watching.
Someone is waiting.
They will stop at nothing.

Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their family safe, but their children Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers now, with their own hidden lives.

Everyone has secrets, but how can you save your family, if you don’t really know them?


My Thoughts & Review:

All Fall Down is the much awaited latest thriller from Tom Bale.  Following on from the successes of See How They Run I was curious to see if Bale could repeat the heart stopping, fast paced rollercoaster of high intensity action and I can happily say that he absolutely has, in fact I would go so far as to say he has surpassed himself.

The story opens on the idyllic setting of a family barbecue on a sunny Sunday, what could possibly go wrong here apart from a few burnt burgers?  Well when the creator of this maelstrom is Tom Bale, you know it’s going to be worse than a few burnt offerings, and so the appearance of a broken and bleeding man begging for help really brings the happy, cozy setting crashing to the ground immediately.
As a complete stranger to the Turner family, it would seem that the man stopped at their house by chance, but quickly Bale instils doubt into the minds of his readers by implying that this may not be coincidental at all.
Someone in the Turner family has a secret, and it’s one that makes the family a target for an intense life-death situation.

The Turner family are the typical flawed family, awkward and complicated relationships between the family members help to make these characters realistic and engaging.  Delving into his complex characters, Bale cleverly writes so that the reader wavers between empathy and dislike (hatred at times) for them.

Violence does play an important role in this book, and if you feel that it can be uncomfortable to read I would recommend either skimming over the parts that make you want to stop reading or trusting the author to not get too graphic, he knows his audience and so knows when enough is enough, and changes direction with the narrative to give a reprieve.

The plotting is first class, skilfully written and takes the reader on an adrenaline fuelled rollercoaster ride, but unlike the fairground ride, you don’t get off after 5 minutes.  At times this felt like a claustrophobic read, the scenarios the characters find themselves in feel very real for the reader.

Utterly gripping, malevolent and one of the most thrilling novels I’ve read.


About the Author


Author image & information courtesy of Amazon

Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full time. He lives in Brighton with his family.

For more information about his books visit his website  www.tombale.net, or follow him on Twitter: @t0mbale


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Author: Claire Seeber

Published: 15 July 2016
Reviewed: 28 August 2016

4 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review



The perfect wife. A fairytale family. Don’t believe your eyes…

Jeanie and Matthew are a happily married couple who both have teenage children from previous relationships.

No one said it would be easy to raise a blended family under one roof but Jeanie and Matthew are strong. They will make it work.

And whilst Jeanie’s step-daughter Scarlett rejects her, Jeanie will just have to try harder to win her over.

But Jeanie has a past. A terrible secret she thought she’d buried a long time ago. And now, it’s coming to the surface, threatening to destroy her new marriage.

Someone is playing a terrifying game on Jeanie and she must put a stop to it once and for all.
After all, a fairytale needs a happy ending…doesn’t it?

My Thoughts & Review:

This is the first book by Claire Seeber that I have read and I am honestly shocked that I’ve not picked up any of her previous books, something I will have to remedy!

The Stepmother tells the tale of Jeanie and Matthew who marry and attempt to live happily ever after as a blended family.  Jeanie finds it hard to connect with her stepdaughter, but is determined nonetheless to be a good stepmother to both of Matthew’s children whilst ensuring her own son is not neglected.  Living in the shadow of Matthew’s ex-wife Kaye adds pressure to the fragile relationships in the house, and Jeanie soon realises she perhaps doesn’t know her new husband as well as she thought.
With secrets running rampant in the family, lies and control are a factor in everyday life for this fragmented family.

By narrating each chapter  from the perspective of Jeanie or her sister Marlena, the reader is witness to both the present day action as well as being able to get some insight into the the shared childhood of the sisters and how events impacted on their lives and relationships.

The way in which that the “strange goings on” are written in the narrative are great because it allows the reader to share Jeanie’s unease and bewilderment.
In addition the clever twists in the story mean the reader is captivated and kept guessing as to who could be responsible, and more importantly who is guilty.

Jeanie and Marlena are well created characters, the almost conversational tone whilst narrating makes the reader feel a connection to the characters.  The physical descriptions of them conjured an clear image in my mind, especially when it came to mannerisms each possessed.  The descriptions of the settings are also worthy of note, giving the reader an clear idea of the house and grounds really helps set the scene.

The references to Snow White were both intriguing and slick, they worked very well with Jeanie’s story, making the reader question just what they know about the so-called fairy tale.

Marlena’s journalistic investigation felt a little superfluous, it didn’t detract from the story but I don’t feel like it added anything to it either.

Short chapters make this a quick read, but also a very addictive one.

This is a psychological thriller with a sinister edge!

About the Author


Claire Seeber is a Londoner who started professional life as a (bad) actress and became a documentary maker, a journalist and a writer of, so far, psychological thrillers. The Observer said of her first novel: ‘a disturbing debut’ whilst The Guardian called it ‘powerful’…she keeps writing whilst also studying psychology and (trying to) to manage a home of slightly feral kids and animals. Luckily she’s got a very nice partner to help too.

To find out more about Claire’s books go to her website or follow her on Twitter @claireseeber

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Play Dead

Author: Angela Marsons
Published: 20 May 2016
Reviewed: 16 August 2016
5 out of 5 stars
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review


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 …?  

My Thoughts & Review:

Play Dead is the fourth instalment in the DI Kim Stone series, the previous books being Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls.

Kim Stone and her team are attending a tour at the Westerly Research Facility when Kim discovers a corpse that doesn’t belong there.   (The Facility is a body farm for research into human decomposition with donated corpses).  The investigation that follows soon uncovers another body, but this one is still alive.  Kim and her team race to identify the killer before they strike again, but when one of the team goes missing it becomes personal for Kim.   

The clever weaving of this murder investigation plotline and the snippets of memories from a young child who has a strained relationship with his/her mother add another dimension to this novel and really builds the intrigue levels.

As ever, the characters are excellent in Marson’s novels but here the reader really gets to see more of Kim’s personality.  She is a wonderful character, strong, determined  and her brusque manner just makes her leap off the page.  The strong relationship she has with her team has deepened, they all respect Kim greatly and this shows through their interactions with her.  The friendship between Kim and Bryant is utterly hilarious at times, the banter they have is entertaining and a joy to read.    The characters are multidimensional, engaging and very realistic. 

Fast paced and utterly thrilling, Marsons writes an incredibly gripping tale that had me on the edge of my seat, just bear in mind that once you pick this book up it will be hard to put it down unfinished – I gave up a few hours sleep just to finish this one.

I have to add how pleased I was with the reappearance of Daniel Bates, the dishy Scottish doctor (he appeared in Silent Scream).

An utterly thrilling series that I cannot wait to read more of!

You can buy a copy of Play Dead here. 

 About the Author


Image and info courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.

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