REVIEW | Play Dead

Series: D.I. Kim Stone #4
 Angela Marsons
 adult, crime fiction, mystery, thriller
 May 20, 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

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 the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons. 
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Angela Marsons NEVER disappoints!

{ 6 Things You Must Look Out for in Play Dead }

Serial Killer Alert!
It's where the thrill comes from, right? When you know that people may still die, when the detective is fighting against time, when it's so difficult to make out of the evidences they get, when the culprit perfectly performs his ritual every. single. time. I'd say that Marsons can throw in any crime out there and make it completely riveting - she showed this in Lost Girls.

Serial Killer POV.
This is Marsons' style - she puts you inside the mind of the culprit. It's one of the things I LOVE about her novels. You get to know their reasons - where they're coming, why they're doing what they're doing. The POV here kept me intrigued. It kept me wondering - his full story, why he keeps on talking to his 'mommy', the hatred he carries.

Do you remember Tracy Frost?
Your friendly (not!) journalist who never fails to annoy Kim. I like how Frost's character was further established here. Yes, we get to know Frost more. And yes, there's development. And yes, I'm also excited to read more of Frost in the next books. Frost's role in Play Dead made things even exciting to read. She has POVs in the novel!!

More of Kim.
I like reading more about Kim. I like getting to know Kim. It makes me want to hug her and tell her that don't be afraid, everything's going to be fine. It's a shame that Kim isn't open for relationships. She doesn't tie herself close to people (although she unconsciously tie herself to the dead and eagerly strive for their justice) but it's shown well why though and I understand Kim.

Two Cases!!
I LOVE how Marsons connected two cases that are seemingly unrelated - the main case opened for Kim and the other is something she ended up obsessing (okay, maybe that's going overboard) about (because of Tracy!!). Anyway, I like looking at cold cases. I kind of like the challenge that lies there. And oh the twist that comes with this!! Marsons has caught me off guard again!

There's Romance!
Again. I don't know. I like it but it's not a big deal for me. It's not so much romance-y, swoon-y kind of thing but Dr. Daniel Bate could possibly be swoon worthy if you ask me. ANYWAY, I'm still #TeamMatt if you're asking (lol).

OVERALL, Play Dead is a thrilling crime fiction that kept me at the edge of my seat, kept me intrigued, and kept me excited to know what happens next. It even caught me off guard. Marsons never disappoints. Play Dead and the entire D.I. Kim Stone series is a highly recommended mystery-thriller read for those who enjoy crime fiction with detectives and police procedure. 

~I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

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{ how about you }
How do you feel about crime fictions taking on two cases? Have you read crime fictions that involve the POV of the murderer? How do you feel about them? Do you think spoil things for you?

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