In the latest book, Kim Stone and her team are sent off to train at a "body farm" - not as gruesome as it seems. The body farm is a forensic lab that studies the decomposition of bodies. However, the training gets quickly derailed as on the first day, a body of young woman with her head bashed in is discovered - and its not one of the forensic lab's. Who is this woman? And why would a killer go to the trouble to drag a body to such a remote location without easy access?
At the same time, Kim's old nemesis, the reporter Tracy Frost calls Kim about a cold case she reported on several years ago - a middle age white man found near a reservoir with his fingers chopped off. He was never identified and his killer never caught. Tracy was the original reporter on the case. Kim finds herself reluctantly agreeing to look at this cold case as well.
But the bodies keep piling up. Evidence reveals another body could be buried where the murdered woman was found and yet another young women is found at the murder site, just barely alive.
The plot moves quickly, though I was able to make a couple of predictions about certain elements, I didn't piece it all together and Marsons ultimately weaves the various plot threads to a satisfying conclusion.
Dr Daniel Bates, the forensic archeologist is also back. Kim is attracted to him but hesitant to act on the attraction, which is understandable given her background. I have to admit I found their banter rather awkward and forced between the two. I would like to see the character of Kim grow further by entering into a romantic relationship - maybe the next book? What surprised me the most was how the character of Tracy Frost was filled out to be a much more complex woman, than the caricature of the cutthroat reporter looking for her next headline.
All in all, well worth the read and I'll be looking forward to my next Kim Stone thriller.
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 Café
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
' The best book I've read all year so far …Dark, 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