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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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