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Play Dead

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  119 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
When Newport Beach heiress Hayley Fordham heads to Costa Rica on an art commission, she has no idea she's narrowly escaped an assassin's car bomb. But before the paint's even dry on her mural, her stepsiblings have arranged her funeral and redivided the family trust. The fact that Hayley is still very much alive remains a secret to everyone but FBI investigator Ryan Hollis ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by HQN Books (first published 2010)
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This book was okay. The hero and heroine seemed fairly realistic and the writing was fine. It did drag in the middle when the author was a bit heavy handed with explanations of surfing and surfing as a business. This seemed to drag on and I did have to force myself through that part. It was a fairly large info dump disguised as conversation.

The romance part was a little under developed. Here was another hero struggling to get over his dead wife and a heroine who thought she coudn't compete with
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Coming back from the dead can be… well, it can be the death of you if you aren’t careful…

Surfing entrepreneur heiress Hayley Fordham is on her way to Costa Rica on a project when, unbeknownst to her, someone tries to kill her with a car bomb. Presumed dead by her family, her stepbrother and stepsister already have designs on her inheritance. Hayley’s aunt wants to know who’s behind the bombing so she asks FBI Agent, Ryan Hollister to investigate.

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Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Play Dead starts off with a bang. An assassin's bombs sets in a motion a series of events that sees an innocent woman killed, and the intended victim returning from the dead to find herself paired with an FBI investigator for protection of both heart and well-being. To add to this unexpected romance, the killer, or is it killers are not done with her yet.

This has all the making for quite an intensifying and satisfying thriller. Unfortunately I did not enjoy the story as much as I wanted to for a
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
'Play Dead' by Meryl Sawyer is a book I had read before but it had been a while. It was very well written and even with having read it there was enough twists and turns that I was still guessing as I neared the end of the book. I have to say I really enough reading mystery novels. But I struggle with mystery novels due to the sheer number of characters that need to be introduced rather quickly if the book is to flow. I find myself having to look back a lot to try to remember who is who. However, ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hayley Fordham is killed in a car bombing. Maybe.
When Ryan Hollister gets involved in the investigation as a favor to his father's friend, things start looking more and more suspicious. Hayley appears to live a clean life, but her family is a different story. Any one of them could have something to do with her death.
When Hayley turns up alive, Ryan finds himself protecting her and trying to solve her attempted murder.

This is the first book by Meryl Sawyer that I have read. I really enjoyed it,
Zee Monodee
Enjoyed this book, especially the thriller and mystery aspect. As I was coming off another thriller that had proved uninspiring and disappointing, I was really on the lookout for the clues and red herrings in this one - thankfully, Ms. Sawyer (of whom this was my first read) did not disappoint.

The action and the suspense kept up for much of the book. Now I know this is a romantic suspense - the romance shouldn't be the primary aspect of the story, but I kept wishing for 'more' where Hayley and R
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is another book which has been languishing on my TBR pile for about two years now and turned out to be a very satisfying B read for me. I have read nearly all of Maryl Sawyer's backlist, quite enjoying her romantic suspense titles, a genre, I don't favour all that much, usually.

The book's ratings on goodreads is quite low and even though I wouldn't declare it groundbreaking I find Play Dead to be an entertaining, satisfying read with a hero and heroine I enjoyed very much and who had some
May 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nice, fun quick read. Haley is on her way out of the country on business when her car is blown up by a planted bomb. Human remains (more like ashes or fragments) are found and the world and Haleys family assume she is dead. By the time she returns home, her family has buried her and her deceased parents trust is aleady being re-worked by her half siblings. FBI agent and distant family friend Ryan Hollister steps in as a favor to Haleys elderly aunt to investigate. He discovers what no one else k ...more
Linda Schmidt
Sep 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Sawyer has a decent plot without having to fill pages with a great deal
of sex which I appreciate as an older reader. She delivers a good suprise twist at the end to ramp up the suspense and a happy ending for the romance. All in all a good book if you are looking for a read to take you away from your daily grind.
Apr 05, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Started out to be a page turner, but tended to slump in the middle of the book. The last 30-40 pages the gist of the story had returned to make the book more readable.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2010
Very good - didn't figure it all out until the end. Kept me guessing.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
had lots of twists and turns ,
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this book from a store going out of business for about $2. It was a decent summer read for me.
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