Book Review – Play Dead by Angela Marsons…

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 . . . ?

OK I will admit straight from the off that I am a devotee of these books. I am a crime thriller addict and the Kim Stone novels by Angela Marsons are just about the best I’ve ever read. This is the fourth book in the Kim Stone series.

Kim Stone provides us with a protagonist who appears hard faced and uncaring. However, once you get under her skin and you start to learn about her and her past, you learn two things. One, that she has every reason to be that way and 2, that she really isn’t like that at all deep down. She is a multi-dimensional character who provides the reader with someone we can follow keenly and admire as both a police officer and as a person too.

Ms. Marsons has given me a protagonist I would LOVE to see on screen as well as in books. Long live Kim Stone and long live Angela’s desire to write about her!

A five out of five star read!

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