Synopsis: 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 …?
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
Kat’s Review: Well once again we delve back with the enigmatic character Kim Stone. I am a huge fan of this series and was so excited that we meet her and the team once again. This latest release sees the team tackling the discovery of a body at a medical research facility. It only takes a matter of a couple of chapters before Marson’s gets graphic enough with the body to turn your stomach (always a good sign in my book). We also see the return of her colleague Bryant along with her boss Chief Inspector Woodward. I always feel a little bit like when you return home after a holiday. It’s just nice to reacquaint yourself with familiar people.
The pace is pretty fast paced from the outset and doesn’t really slow down. The fact that the body is found at a Body Farm this feels like a completely different angle for the book, which for me in this series is great as it gives every book a fresh feeling. I also love the element of the story which features Tracey Frost a determined and dogged reporter who is Kim’s enemy of sorts. The story aside, as it’s hard to review without adding spoilers, the writing is a sharp as ever and keeps you so engaged you sometimes become completely immersed in it.
I felt like this was maybe marginally less enjoyable than the last but in a way I feel like Angie Marsons has set the bar so high for herself as she has produced an outstanding series. I feel like this series with Kim as the lead is absolutely deserving of a TV series. Although I maybe slightly preferred the last book, this was without a doubt a brilliant read that I think her fans will love. It certainly isn’t for the fainthearted but will keep you reading late into the night. I cannot wait to see the next book.