Play Dead (Paperback)

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Enter a mystery ripped from tomorrow’s headlines that will haunt you long after its shocking conclusion.

The discovery of two teenagers ritualistically murdered in a secluded Austin park outrages a nation already on the brink of tearing itself apart. The victims are the latest in an epidemic of deaths linked to a mysterious, underground virtual game known only as Play Dead.

The forensic evidence soon points to Jamie Hamilton, a brilliant yet naive young man on the autism spectrum.

But Angie Channing, a world-renown true crime writer, isn’t so sure. Could such a seemingly innocent person be capable of clinical brutality? Why the rush to silence him? What secrets are hidden in the world of Play Dead that were worth killing for? What if Jamie is the key to something far more sinister?

Angie quickly finds herself in a relentless game of cat and mouse that threatens far more than just her sanity or her life. How far will she go to uncover the shocking truth?

Enter a psychological thriller ripped from tomorrow’s headlines that will haunt you until the last page. It is said that nothing is as it seems in the halls of power and that some truths are far too dangerous for the common man.

Until now.


TED DEKKER is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and international, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over 40 novels. His work has reached tens of millions worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages and adapted into major feature films. In 2013 NPR readers nationwide named him as one of the top suspense writers of all time.

Customer Reviews

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My Heart is Full

Ted Dekker has an amazing gift. He writes fiction that urges me to be the one I was created to be. He helps me apply the Scriptures to my life without preaching. He encourages me to be the heroine of my own story. Play Dead is a well-written, exciting, surprising and somewhat confusing story that brings joy to my heart and reminds me to live in Love. A person does not have to understand every word in this book to be profoundly changed by it. Thank you Ted Dekker for sharing your gift with this world. I can't wait for the next book.

Just keeps getting better!

He has done it again! Dekker’s latest book, PLAY DEAD, takes his readers on yet another roller coaster trip full of ups and downs, twists and turns and more! This particular book takes the reader on a not-too-distant-in-the-future trip to a time when the world has changed in many ways but still somehow remained the same. This futuristic-technological-based thriller has the same faith-based aspects believers have come to expect and appreciate of Dekker. They will be pleased to find verbiage from his past works peppered throughout while a new reader would finish the book with an excitement to explore what else the author has to offer. This latest page-turner about an investigative writer named Angie Channing leaves you glued to the pages. Dekker’s words create a world that leave even the least inquisitive reader questioning how long it could be before we actually live in a world where this level of technology becomes the norm. You will find yourself questioning how quickly human contact and genuine face-to-face interaction may eventually become a thing of the past. Dekker’s weaving in of today’s current events and real storylines into this futuristic story allows the reader an even greater ability to relate to the subject matter. The reader is more comfortable allowing themselves to “dive deep” into a greater meaning. All can appreciate the fact that Dekker’s books leave the message and interpretation of the book up to the reader. Thus allowing millions of interpretations to still be true. Do yourself a favor and go get the book! Then do yourself an even GREATER favor and grab the Word of God. The Word will open your eyes to the greatest truth beyond this world! The real truth is only a deep-dive away!!!


Play Dead is full of suspense at every turn and is written in the typical Ted Dekker thriller style. There are many unexpected twists and turns that will leave you wanting more. The setting is taken right out of today's headlines. This is a reminder that power can be a very dangerous thing but we have to remember there is more than just this world we live in. This is a book that is hard to put down once you start reading it!

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