Angela Marsons has done it again, and produced a hell of a read! In fact I read this book in one sitting, yes it really was that good, outstanding in fact! So I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to put in a new rating system for Angela Marsons as her last three books I’ve rated 5 stars and Play Dead has surpassed that, and I have no hesitation in declaring this her best book yet, I kid you not! In my opinion Angela Marsons is one of the best crime writers on the scene at the moment (along with fellow Bookouture authors Robert Bryndza and Caroline Mitchell). Whilst I deliberate how I’m going to rate Play Dead lets get on with the review!
Westerley research facility is 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. As Kim and her team begin to investigate, a second girl is attacked and left for dead, It soon becomes clear to Kim and the team that a serial killer is at work
From the book description I just knew I was going to love Play Dead and from the opening chapter I was well and truly hooked. For a start a book based around a body farm, has got to be the perfect setting for a crime scene, and my god it certainly help to add both atmosphere and terror to the plot. As to Kim Stone she is fast becoming one of my favourite crime detectives, she is certainly a complex character, I’m not sure she even knows the meaning of tact and diplomacy! She’s feisty, abrasive and certainly able to look after herself, but her fierce loyalty to her work colleagues is obvious, the dialogue between them was full of humour which helps to balance out the dark side of this book. As this series evolves we are seeing a softer vulnerable side to Kim, which makes her more credible and dare I say endearing? This review may appear vague regarding the plot, but I really hate spoilers and I want readers to really enjoy every god damn shock and twist as I did.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you but brace yourself for a hell of a ride, Play Dead moves along like an express train, there is no let up in pace as it moves from one snappy chapter to the next. I know it’s a cliche but it’s a book full of twist and turns that will mislead the reader and make them wonder where the hell the plot is going, just as I thought I had worked out one piece of the jigsaw along would come another shaped piece to throw me thoughts into turmoil. The author manages to keep up the momentum throughout, you won’t find any “padding out” here! Angela Marson has surpassed herself with Play Dead it’s the perfect crime thriller, well plotted, great characters, suspense, tension, police procedures and one of the most deviant and chilling serial killer I have read about in a long time. I found it to be utterly gripping and it’s certainly going to be in my top reads of 2016.
As to the rating, well it’s the first time I have done this but it going to have to be…………..
5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5 plus a 🍷(to steady my nerves, after reading such a heart pounding crime thriller)
Other books in the Kim Stone series
Print Length: 366 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (20 May 2016)