I am delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour for Play Dead by the fabulous Angela Marsons. Today you can read my thoughts on this fantastic book.
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 …?
Play dead is the fourth book in the Detective Kim Stone series. Even though you should certainly read all of them as it’s a great series, I do think this one works well as a stand alone as we are given a bit more of an insight into Kim and her past.
I have to say, I know murders are pretty gruesome at the best of times but boy does the author take it to a different level in this one. I don’t know if it’s just me but I found how the murderer was killing their victims to be quite horrific and will probably give me nightmares!
The whole setting and everything about this story is a very dark and twisted one. I mean come on, a body farm? The author certainly doesn’t hold back on the scares, chills and thrills and I absolutely loved it!
I liked how we got to delve a bit more into how Kim ticks as well as her having to deal with such an horrendous case. She is certainly the perfect person to take on a case like this as she is an expert at turning her feelings off to things though she definitely has a soft spot in there somewhere which shines through in parts, especially with her much loved dog.
Another gripping read in a five star series that is an absolute must for any die hard crime fanatics.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Play Dead is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.