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 DI Kim Stone serial killer series by the brilliant Angela Marsons is up there among my most favourite, so I'm always eagerly waiting for the next book to come out. Play Dead is the fourth, however it can very well be read as a standalone. The third book, Lost Girls, was among my Top Ten Reads of 2015 and I wouldn't have bet my money on the author to come out with an even better book. With Play Dead she did just that and proved me wrong!
"All I hear when I go to sleep is the sound of your laughter."
A corpse turns up at Westerley body farm, an outdoor facility that studies body decomposition. But this is not the body of one of the residents there, it's a fresh corpse of a woman, savagely battered beyond recognition. It was dumped there by her killer.
As in the other books in the series, there is no respite for Kim. She skilfully manages her team and immediately kicks off a full-blown investigation to catch this killer. But it won't be easy... soon more victims are found in the same place. In order to succeed she has to get inside the twisted mind of the killer.
Why are the bodies being dumped at Westerley? The facility's location is supposed to be secret. How are the victims being targeted? Is there some link between them? And who is the killer? Kim Stone and her team find themselves in a race against time to find out...
I don't know exactly what, but I feel something special, almost magical, whenever I'm reading an Angela Marsons book. I suspect she uses some magic pen! Through her excellent writing, she grabs me by the throat and literally squeezes the air out of me from the word 'go' and doesn't let me breathe till the end. In this book, that first murder scene is SO terrifying, it left me gasping! You have to read it to understand what I mean. I could feel the utter terror of the poor helpless woman.
With Kim Stone's coarse character, Angela Marsons has created a perfect recipe that proves a winner time and time again. Kim just makes reading so much more enjoyable and it's as though I can never have enough of this bold inspector. Again in this book she reveals a little snippet of the warm, soft side she hides beneath that hard shell. I LOVE the way Kim thinks, the way she behaves and the way she delivers results. Well done Angela!
With a clever, well-crafted plot, believable characters, realistic dialogue including some laugh-out-loud banter and sarcasm, suspense, and twists and turns throughout, this is just another memorable, not-to-be-missed book by the fabulous Angela Marsons. I couldn't read it fast enough.
This is a fantastic book series that just gets better and better with every new addition and it's a MUST to all lovers of the crime genre.
With thanks to the awesome guys at Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through NetGalley.
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.