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?
The latest utterly addictive thriller from number-one best seller Angela Marsons.
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Angela Marsons has crafted another great suspense/thriller. This book does work as a standalone novel, however I recommend listening from the beginning of the series. There are plenty of twists and turns to the story to make one feel as those they're on a roller coaster.
I've been a fan of Angela Marsons and her original plots and antisocial character Kim Stone -- so much so that I preordered this novel when I saw it was pending.
But the thought did niggle in the back of my mind that all four DI Stone books have come out rather quickly: the first was published in Feb 2015.
Play Dead is noticeably weaker than the others -- perhaps it was a rush to print because the story itself is interesting. It's some sloppy writing that puts me off, plus soggy psychological dabbling and, worst of all, Marsons gets out her soap box rather more often than is bearable for a thriller. She has always been prone to a dash of preachiness but it gets let off the reins here.
All the faults can be laid at the feet of indulgence, a lack of writing discipline. If it comes from writing at speed as I suspect, then it can be corrected. If it's a career development then that's a sad loss to the murder thriller genre.
There was too much reliance upon prior novels. I had to keep reminding myself of what happened in previous books to make sense of this one. Definitely needs to be read in order of publication.
Another British crime thriller from Angela Marsons. D. I. Kim Stone race against the clock to find a serial killer who is dumping his bodies at a body farm. As usual, the "who" in "whodunit" is a surprise.
There was not much interaction with the other team members in this story. It was all Kim, Kim, Kim. In Marson's past stories I enjoyed knowing a little bit more about the other members of the team and even just hearing their voices as they investigated on their own. Listening to Jan Cramer, as Kim, spout out orders to her team gets a bit annoying in large quantities. Does she really only have one tone of voice - a bark?
The story line was interesting and kept me listening in spite of the narration. I didn't feel that "page-turning" dramatic crescendo though so maybe the writing was off too.
If you like Detective Stone, you may want to skip this one. Have you ever had a neighbor's dog bark continually for an hour? Yeah-it's like that.
I love Angela Marsons, I would recommend any of her books to any of my friends that like slightly disturbing psychological mysteries
Not edge of my seat, but I couldn't stop listening to it.
I love this narrator, she voices the characters very well.
This book is great, maybe not her best but still a 5 star listen.
Fabulous series!!!!!! The ending had me in tears!! But I was on the edge of my seat through all four books!!!! I hope there's more to come!!
Thank you Angela Marsons and Jan Cramer, you two have kept me enrapt!!!! 💐💕👍🏼😊
Did not want this novel to end but wanted to hear everything come together. No spoilers in this review. Just start at book 1 and enjoy all four. Looking forward to the next one.
"DI Kim Stone is a amongst the best!"
The fourth Kim stone book is no disappointment. Fast paced, great story, believable characters. I listened in a day, I was hooked till the end. One of the best thriller writers around and Kim Stone is here to stay. If you are wondering if this book is for you, it is!!!!
a great story with some twists and turns, deffo worth the listen, kim stone at her best again !
amazing read again. couldn't put it down . can't wait for the kim stone book
really enjoy kims charachter. there is a lot to her but its balanced really well
"Gripping serial killer thriller Dc Kim stone IS BACK"
Bloody amazing! I had to re start this a few times as I was listening at night time and that was a mistake.
I listened through completely last night to the end.
WOW it was awesome I wanted the narrator to read faster !
The characters were fantastically bedded in in early which is important especially in an audiobook.
Bodies keep appearing in the same place all with the same 'MO' in varying degrees of decomposition .
Kim Stones team take it on in they're totally awesome way, I love the way the comedy is shown throughout the case and maybe even a little breakdown of Kim's hard wall surface?
I didn't solve who the perpetrator was which is kick ass because I like it when I ' believe' I have everything that fits and I don't. A maze of tunnels to investigate down and follow leads
This book is an awesome addition book 4 to the series but also a stand alone like the others.
Can you tell I love the Kim Stone series? 😊
Solid 5⭐️from me and roll on the next one 🌹
"Perfection amongst pages"
Another stunning and chilling tale by the talented Angie Marsons. Well crafted and terrifying, the author is in the top ten of writers, fans of the crime and mystery genre should read without a doubt.
Whilst the subject matter is twisted a small degree of sadness for the protagonist remains. Without such an upbringing, would this person have become so monsterous? A question the reader will ask themselves once the terrifyingly creepy finale is long over.
Also available on audible, narrated by the ever brilliant Jan Cramer. Perfect for these dark Winter evenings.
Thank you Angie, for once again submerging your readers into a dark and gripping tale with remarkable twists.
"Great story !"
a great read.... very gripping and I have downloaded another of her books because it was so good! great performance too.
"excellent thriller ...."
loved it ...more for the faint hearted or if bugs bother you ...there is nothing wrong with the narrator but i feel she is not the right person for this type of story ...
"Twists, turns and red herrings galore"
The brilliant Angela Marsons has done it again with this latest DI Kim Stone offering (the fourth in the series). A body farm (a place where the decomposition of human remains can be scientifically studied) is an inspired setting for a crime to take place, and as for the killer – wow. The background of this disturbed individual comes out slowly and is utterly ingenious, the voice of the individual is so strong.
There are twists, turns and red herrings galore, along with a nail-biting showdown that literally had me on the edge of my seat. But there is far more to Angela Marsdon’s writing than just clever plotting; she gets under the skin of her characters. There was even a section about Kim that brought a tear to my eyes. It was heart-breaking, and so brilliantly handled.
I listened to this on audio, rather than read it, and the narrator was brilliant. She added further depth to the story. My incredibly dull three-hour drive whizzed by in entertaining fashion. This gets a big fat five stars from me!
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