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Paperback Published: 26 January 2017
Reviewed 31 January 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Bonnier Zaffre as part of blog tour

 

Description:

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deep to stop the killing. And this time—it’s personal.

My Thoughts & Review:

“Evil Games” is definitely a book that has nothing to fear from the the curse of ‘second book syndrome’ – Angela Marsons absolutely marks her place amongst the greats of the police procedural/mystery/thriller genre with this one.

For those unfamiliar with the Kim Stone series, I would definitely recommend heading back to book 1, Silent Scream, to dive in to the whirlpool that is Kim Stone.  The plot is such that this can be read as a stand alone, enough information is given about previous cases so that you will have grasp of what has passed but why deprive yourself of this series?!

I’m not going to breakdown the plot here, but I will say that readers may feel some discomfort with some subjects in this book as they are of a sensitive nature – however Angela Marsons shows the utmost respect to her readers and subjects by handling these sensitively and ensures that any mention of abuse remains pivotal to the plot without becoming gratuitous.

As a character, Kim Stone is utterly complex and one a reader feels driven to find out more about.  She has a past that is kept well hidden, and slowly it’s being revealed, almost like peeling an onion.  Despite shedding a few layers, Marsons keeps her readers hooked by hinting there is more to her creation that she’s revealed.  The professional relationship between Stone and Bryant makes for great reading, they work well together and he seems to have figured out how to work alongside Stone to get the best from her.

Angela Marsons has to have one of the most wickedly twisted imaginations out there, creating such intricately evil characters, disturbingly haunting plots and characters that you either are cheering on or want to physically scream at.  It’s little wonder her books have sold in their millions and I can see why.  Each of the Kim Stone series is a book that is difficult to put down, you promise yourself ‘just one more chapter’ and before you know it, it’s the wee small hours of the morning and you’re still reading.  The pace of this book is frantic, and there are several points in the plot that catch you off guard.

The next book in the series is “Lost Girls”, the paperback is due out June 2017.

You can buy a copy of “Evil Games” in the UK here.

My thanks to Emily at Bonnier Zaffre for the opportunity to read this and be part of the blog tour.

About the Author:

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Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.

For more information about Angela Marsons and her books go to her website http://angelamarsons-books.com or follow her on Twitter @WriteAngie

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Published: 4 November 2016
Reviewed: 16 October 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

 

Description:

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.

My Thoughts & Review:

Blood Lines is the fifth instalment in the Kim Stone series, and I have to admit that for me it’s quite possibly the best yet!  For those that have followed the series devoutly this book will be an absolute “treat”, the reappearance of Dr Alexandra Thorne brings a sinister malevolence that will have the reader squirming in their sear uncomfortably.  For those unfamiliar with the Kim Stone series, I would definitely recommend heading back to book 1, Silent Scream, to dive in to the whirlpool that is Kim Stone.  The plot is such that this can be read as a standalone, and enough information is given about previous cases so that you will have grasp of what has passed but why deprive yourself of this series?!

The character development of Kim Stone is magnificently well done, we see more about what shaped her, the traumatic childhood she endured and why she needs to help waifs and strays.  By delving deeper into this character the reader feels a stronger connection with the protagonist, and at some points in the book it’s difficult for the reader not to feel some emotion towards her.
I also pleased to see the development of Dawson.   Finding out more about this character makes him a little more likeable and his motives are certainly more understandable.  There was a brilliantly scripted exchange between Stone and Dawson at one point where he is encouraged to speak his mind, and the response he received really impressed me, the growth in Stone as a leader of her team has been wonderful.

The clever plotting of this book meant that not only did the reader try to work out who the killer was, but also meant there were numerous occasions to attempt sleuthing some of the conundrums in the sub plots.  I am constantly amazed that Angela Marsons manages to keep all of the threads of her intricate webs untangled, shows that she truly is masterful.
Pacing in this is akin to jumping into a vortex, once you start reading it will be a fight to put the book down, this is definitely one from the category “just one more chapter”, Marsons manages to capture the attention of her readers and ensures they are held captive.

Referencing details of psychiatry and their use made for fascinating yet chilling reading.  The simple ease that Dr Thorne was able utilise when manipulating people made this character absolutely sinister, but at the same time it was beguiling to see how it played out.

I’ve purposely avoided saying anything about the plot of this one because this is a book that deserves not to be spoiled.

If you do want to head back to the start of the series the order to read the books in is as follows: Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead and then finally Blood Lines.

I genuinely cannot wait too see where Angela Marsons takes Kim Stone next, her books are ones that I will automatically buy without hesitation because I know they will be absolutely thrilling, captivating and slightly sinister.

You can buy a copy of Blood Lines here.

About the Author:

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Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.

For more information about Angela Marsons and her books go to her website http://angelamarsons-books.com or follow her on Twitter @WriteAngie

 

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Play Dead

Author: Angela Marsons
Published: 20 May 2016
Reviewed: 16 August 2016
 
5 out of 5 stars
 
Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review
 
 

Description:

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.

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 …?  

My Thoughts & Review:

Play Dead is the fourth instalment in the DI Kim Stone series, the previous books being Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls.

Kim Stone and her team are attending a tour at the Westerly Research Facility when Kim discovers a corpse that doesn’t belong there.   (The Facility is a body farm for research into human decomposition with donated corpses).  The investigation that follows soon uncovers another body, but this one is still alive.  Kim and her team race to identify the killer before they strike again, but when one of the team goes missing it becomes personal for Kim.   

The clever weaving of this murder investigation plotline and the snippets of memories from a young child who has a strained relationship with his/her mother add another dimension to this novel and really builds the intrigue levels.

As ever, the characters are excellent in Marson’s novels but here the reader really gets to see more of Kim’s personality.  She is a wonderful character, strong, determined  and her brusque manner just makes her leap off the page.  The strong relationship she has with her team has deepened, they all respect Kim greatly and this shows through their interactions with her.  The friendship between Kim and Bryant is utterly hilarious at times, the banter they have is entertaining and a joy to read.    The characters are multidimensional, engaging and very realistic. 

Fast paced and utterly thrilling, Marsons writes an incredibly gripping tale that had me on the edge of my seat, just bear in mind that once you pick this book up it will be hard to put it down unfinished – I gave up a few hours sleep just to finish this one.

I have to add how pleased I was with the reappearance of Daniel Bates, the dishy Scottish doctor (he appeared in Silent Scream).

An utterly thrilling series that I cannot wait to read more of!

You can buy a copy of Play Dead here. 

 About the Author

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Image and info courtesy of Amazon.co.uk

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.

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Lost Girls

Author: Angela Marsons
Published: 6 November 2015
Reviewed: 22 February 2016
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review

4 out of 5 Stars

 



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