Published by: Bookouture (20th may 2016)
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 fourth outing for Kim Stone sees the fiesty Detective and her team on the hunt for a serial killer with a distinctive modus operandi. The clever writing style with great attention to detail really makes you feel as if you are there with the characters, part of the investigation.
This is a particularly horrendous case that is so compelling I read it in a straight sitting, completely unaware of anything happening around me (good job my husband is very self-sufficient!). This book is suspenseful and utterly addictive, with lots of twists and turns and a thrilling conclusion.
I'm such a fan of Kim Stone and really look forward to each new case. With thousands of five star reviews for her first three Detective Kim Stone books, Angie Marsons is proving herself to be one of the country's foremost authors of crime. The compelling Play Dead will surely swell that number even more.