Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller

Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller

by Angela Marsons

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ISBN-13: 9781786810076
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 05/20/2016
Series: Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series , #4
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 84,649
File size: 657 KB

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Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY LINE: D.I. Kim Stone is back in action in book 4 of the Stone Series. This book is an action packed thrill ride of suspense from the first pages to the last pages with nonstop plotting and development. Westerley research facility, aka the body farm, is the dumping ground for a depraved and evil murderer. Bodies that do not belong on the farm are appearing and D.I. Kim Stone and her team are assigned to solve this disturbing and confusing case. The villain has made a mistake and left a victim alive but horribly injured. Can Stone and her team solve this case or will forces that they have no control derail the investigation, and can D.I. Stone hold everything together and ferret out a murderer before they kill again? Come along with Stone and her team as they piece together another harrowing crime and bring justice to the victims. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Author Angela Marsons has created a deep and intense psychological thriller that will leave you breathless with anticipation for the next book in the series. She has the ability to scare the pants off her readers as she takes you through the investigation of harrowing murders, deranged killers, and crimes that could very well happen in any city any where. Her characters are real and face real life tragedies, situations, and experiences. Ms. Marsons created plots that were intriguing and will hold your attention to the last page. Nothing is as you think. Ms. Marsons drops hints and clues along the story-line, but I was so wrong in my determination of the culprit's identity and the reasons behind these awful crimes. Ms. Marsons created many threads in this story, wove those threads together, and created a conclusion to the book that will leave you with your mouth open. Talk about a killer ending, this one was a huge surprise. Ms. Marson's development of the characters was skillful as they grew throughout the story-line; this is the team you want on your side if you are the victim of a crime. Ms. Marsons shows that even law enforcement officers have issues in their life that colors everything they do and presents her villains with backgrounds that almost make you pity them. You notice I said almost. The pace of the story was fast and full of action and clues, it never slowed, lagged, or bogged down. This story starts on a high peak and rides the coaster all the way to the end. Ms. Marsons is an author to watch as I can see great things in store for her writing career. She's talented in crafting an engrossing story-line with a fresh and clear style of writing and the ability to enmesh you in her scenes. RECOMMENDATION: 5+ STARS I gave this book 5+ stars without hesitation. It is a solid, well-written story with characters that are likeable or hated depending on the character, written by a talented author who has a bright future ahead. I received this book from Netgalley in return for honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome and can't wait for the next in the seried! Money well spent
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Play Dead by Angela Marsons is the fourth D.I. Kim Stone novel. Kim Stone and her team are being given a “treat” by their boss, Detective Chief Inspector Woodward for solving their latest case. They are being sent to Westerley, a body farm. The West Mercia precinct recently solved two cold cases thanks to information from Westerley. Woodward is hoping his team will benefit from the trip. Unfortunately, the stumble across a body that is not a part of the body farm. Someone beat and killed a woman and then dumped her body at Westerley (it would seem like the perfect dump site). How did they get onto the property without anyone noticing? While searching for clues, another body turns up in similar condition. Are the two connected in any way (besides the killer)? Then reporter, Tracy Frost turns up missing. As much as Kim dislikes Tracy, she sets out to find her before it is too late. Will Kim and her team be able to find the killer before Tracy becomes his third victim? Play Dead was a wonderful novel. 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). Play Dead was my favorite book in the series. I liked how Kim is developing and changing and the addition of Barney, her dog, in her life. We also get more details on Kim’s childhood and it will help you understand her trust issues. The mystery will draw you in and there is a good twist at the end that most people will not see coming. It was good to get more information on Tracy Frost (it will help you to understand her better). While Play Dead can be read alone, I would highly suggest you go back and read the other book in the series. It will help you know and understand the characters. One thing that gave me a good laugh is the TARDIS reference (you have to be a Doctor Who fan to get it). I give Play Dead 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait to read the next book in the D.I. Kim Stone series (let’s hope the author and publisher do not keep us waiting long). I received a complimentary copy of Play Dead from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
DI Kim Stone and her team are sent to Westerley Reasearch .. otherwise known as a 'body farm'. They are all treated to the scenes of bodies in different stages of decomp ... but there is one body that doesn't quite belong. The body of this young woman is a recent kill .. her face has been bashed in, dirt stuffed down her throat. A second girl is attacked and left for dead .... the back of her head bashed in, dirt stuffed down her throat. Seems like there's a serial killer on the loose and the body farm is his dumping ground. How many more bodies will be found? And who's next? I love the character of Kim Stone .. probably because she is so unlikable. She's abrasive, she's rude, but no one can say that she's not good at her job, good at standing up for the victims. Her team are great people .. and although they've all been the target of Kim's anger at one time or another, there is no one they would rather work with. This is really a terrific series! I sincerely suggest that if you like a good mystery, cop thriller, you should start at Book 1 and read them in order. They are all good as stand-alones, no cliff hangers at all. Just plain good reading. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.