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.
A procrastinator I may be but when I set myself a challenge, I’m like a dog with a bone. Competitive streak? Me? Nah! So there was no playing dead for me, or very little sleep as it goes (thank you insomnia), and I made it to book 4 in the Kim Stone series. I may have patted myself on the shoulder but you can’t prove it.
Things get a tad gruesome as we find ourselves on a body farm. Having read a lot of Kathy Reich’s books (which to my delight was mentioned), I knew what that was but still … gross.
The fresh body of a young woman is found on a body farm of not-so-fresh bodies. She’s been badly beaten and her mouth has been stuffed full of dirt. Well hey, if you’re going to dump a body, why not hide it in plain sight?
Meanwhile, Tracy Frost is trying to solve the mysterious murder of “Bob” whose body was found without his hands. Could the two cases be connected somehow?
This series just keeps going from strength to strength and this is another cracking read! The prologue already hooked me and it remains haunting as you carry on reading and realise the devastating effects of a damaged childhood. While the “why” may be clear at some point, the “who” is a whole different matter and the author kept me guessing until the end.
Not only do we get to know Kim better every time, the same goes for other characters which is just another thing to love about this series. Doctor A may quickly become a firm favourite of mine and I really enjoyed the involvement of Tracy Frost.
Another brilliant addition to a most excellent series. Now to find the time to move on to the next one!
Play Dead was published in May 2016.