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Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 4) by [Marsons, Angela]
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Play Dead: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 4) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,584 customer reviews
Book 4 of 6 in Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series (6 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2684 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (20 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01D3TD9VQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 1,584 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Play Dead is the fourth book in an impressive line up of crime thrillers featuring the indomitable DI Kim Stone. This series isn’t just detective fiction, it’s effective fiction. Its gripping opener and the suspense that followed prevented me from stopping until I’d finished. I consumed it in one greedy sitting, it was just SO good!

Returning from her ordeal in Lost Girls (book three) DI Kim Stone is restored to her optimum ‘don’t even think of messing with me’ self. She and her team are invited to a hush, hush scientific facility in a remote area of the Black Country for a rare training opportunity. It’s certainly an experience they won’t forget, as the scientists studying the effects of human decay under an assortment of circumstances are faced with a cadaver that they can’t account for.

The perpetrator’s signature is particularly brutal and unpleasantly ‘earthy’. As a sickening routine is soon established, we get a sense of their fragile unhinged state from a little voice that raises its head between the main chapters. No one could anticipate just how much their irregular upbringing would influence their twisted ambition in life. I’m not saying any more, as it’s best to allow their peculiar brand of oddness introduce itself!

As Stone’s regular team attacks every lead a pattern emerges to reveal that a newshound she’s locked horns with in the past may hold information crucial to their case. But while the Inspector’s character would audibly growl at the anyone who rubs her up the wrong way, she never allows her resentment to get in the way of any investigation – she’s thorough, just don’t expect the pleasantries. And to further complicate matters, a cold case has come to light that isn’t even within her jurisdiction.
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A brilliant, gripping & exciting thriller that I could not put down!
This is the fourth instalment of the D. I. Kim Stone series and I've enjoyed this one just as much as the other three, so much so that I've pre-ordered it. I'm a big Kim fan and at times, my heart was literally thumping in my chest. Fantastic scene setting, at times it was so palpable I could almost smell and taste the putrid air. I felt empathy for multiple characters, unfortunately I can't say too much or I'll be giving the game away. I will say this, and it's very true... What goes around, comes around!
A very big thank you to netgalley, author Angela Marsons and publisher Bookouture for the opportunity to read this arc in exchange for an unbiased and honest (yes it really is!!) review.
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Absolutely brilliantly unputdownable.

This is the 4th book in the Kim Stone series. Book 1 set the groundwork for a character that has grown and developed throughout the 4 books. She is a survivor after suffering at the hands of a mother with Mental Health issues that caused the death of her twin brother. The effects of this abuse caused her to be ping ponged around foster care and the foster parents she did attach to were tragically killed in an accident on the way to complete adoption papers. The tragic childhood has left Kim unable to form attachments to the people close to her. Where many people would have shut down Kim has found a way to survive by focussing her energies on fighting for justice for the dead and victims of crime. This has formed her into a fantastic realistic character that I love more with each book.

This book has a totally unique story with 2 strands and has the reader guessing right to the very end. Dead bodies tend to turn up around Kim's patch but in this book they start turning up in a Death research centre along with bodies donated to medical research with no clues as to what the link is.

I was gripped to the very end and totally wrong about the murderer. There were several parts in the book that I didnt see the significance of at the time but Angela brings all the threads together in an edge of the seat conclusion that leaves the reader totally shocked.

Worth a lot more than the maximum 5 stars and I hope there are going to be many more books in this series.
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The DI Kim Stone books do need reading in sequence (and it really isn’t a chore reading them all!), because whilst the actual storyline in each book is standalone, the back stories are important to truly understand Stone, her team and not forgetting journalist, Tracy Frost.

Play Dead opens with he first person narrative of an unknown character talking about someone who we understand is their mother, who has very recently died. The narrative then switches to present day whereby Stone and Bryant are watching a house, waiting for a warrant to enter the property. Stone, as impatient as ever changes tactics in order to gain access to the house in a different way, temporarily becoming Bryant’s wife.

Once this investigation is completed, the team are sent on a field trip to a local body farm to understand what they do and the help that their findings have upon investigations. It is during this visit that a young woman’s body is found and it is clear that she has been murdered.

I personally love Stone; she is strong and ballsy, copes with her past by focusing on her career and building a strong team around them – although she is careful to stay aloof from them, not letting anyone in too close, other than Barney, her loyal canine companion.

Interestingly in this book, we see a different side to the journalist Tracy Frost – we learn more of her character and why she is the person she portrays herself to be. I really enjoyed this element of he book, seeing the dynamics between Stone and Frost shift.

The pace of this book is relentless, it had me guessing the whole way through and just when I thought I knew what was going, another theory was ruled out!

Marsons currently has a 8 book deal for DI Kim Stone which I am very grateful for as I don’t want Stone to go anywhere just yet!
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