Book Review – Dead Souls by Angela Marsons…

Ms Marsons!!! I do declare you’ve done it to me again!!! What an incredible book!!!

The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

This book deals with the one thing that sickens me more than any other – hate crimes and racism. I am a member of an anti hate campaign group, so to see the subject handled in such an incredible way almost moved me to tears. I have to say thank you to Ms Marsons. This is a subject that not many people have the courage to bring into the public eye to remind society that these crimes still happen in today’s society and are no less heinous now than they were many years ago.

This story like all of the others that have been written, provide an incredible background story. As always you (as a reader) are picked up and whisked along at super fast speed and you do not get put down again until the final page.

This story does not delve into Kim’s past in the way that other stories have done. The involvement of Stacey’s character on a higher level was well plotted too. She has always been in the background. Good old dependable Stace, doing her job quietly and efficiently. To see her character fleshed out in such a way was thoroughly enjoyable! I only wish that Stace could have a girlfriend. Maybe the girl from the cafe?

As with any of the Kim Stone crime thrillers, reading and absorbing the story is like peeling back the layers of an onion. The further down you get.. I had a couple of nights where I fell asleep with Kindle in hand because I had read until about 3am. As with all the other five books, number six is one hell of a stellar read and I strongly advise you to give it a go.

You do not have to read these books in time order. If you have never read a Kim Stone novel however, I really do recommend that you do read them in order. However you read them, just enjoy them for the sheer works of genius that they are and enjoy the most wonderful, bad assed Detective Inspector around in modern crime fiction. Long live Kim Stone!!!

Yet another five star read from the amazing Angela Marsons!

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Book Review – Blood Lines by Angela Marsons…

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 mother and 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…

Ms. Marsons has managed to do it to me again. She provided me with a book that had me captivated from the first word right through to the last one. I was so caught up in this book that I had to see it through. I finished it at 1am (it’s now 6am) and had to close my eyes for a little while before I picked up my phone to write this review.

This book sees Kim face to face with the vile Dr Alex Thorne yet again. I was, I have to admit, a little sad to see her again at first. I felt she had made Kim suffer enough. However, after a few chapters I began to understand the author’s rationale for re-introducing the character. Bringing her back made for a fascinating and twisted plot that picks you up and twists and tosses you about like a leaf in the wind.

I can’t say too much more about the plot because I don’t want to give anything away. It is, yet again, absolutely impossible to guess who the killer is right up until the very end of the book.

I read several reviews of the book and one in particular stood out in my mind. It said that they found the book difficult to get through so they skipped ahead to the last few chapters to find out what happened. That doesn’t make the book difficult to read! The book slips through your mind and right into your brain like fine wine settles into your system as you drink it. That makes the writer of the review the sort of person who really should not be reading crime novels because they can’t control the impulse to skip ahead to the end of the book! One suspects they may have been the sort of child who sought out Christmas gifts and picked up the corner of the wrapper to peek at what rests beneath before frantically sticking it down again so as not to get caught! ;-p

Kim proves to us yet again just how strong and ballsy she is despite the hell she has been through. Her character development throughout this series of books shows what an incredible protagonist the writer has created.

I am super excited to dive into book six in the series but then realised that I only have one more book to read before I have to wait for the next release. Noooooo! What will I do without Kim to keep me company? I know. I’ll start from the beginning!

Thank you to the writer for yet another stellar instalment in the series. Oh, and please, never ever let Kim retire!

Absolutely brilliant! A five out of five star read!

Book Review – Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

This is the third book in the DI Kim Stone series and Angela Marsons has yet again knocked it out of the park. Wow. Just wow. As with the two preceding books you are picked up in that first second of reading and you are gripped by the story until the very last word.

Angela Marsons has an incredible gift when it comes to writing. Her crime thriller skills are second to none and her first book had me hooked on the character of Kim Stome from the start.

This book tells the story of the kidnap of two nine year old girls. The kidnappers are playing a twisted game by asking the parents to enter in to a bidding war for the lives of their children. Kim and her team are assigned the task of finding the girls and bringing them home alive. At any cost.

I really cannot say too much about the story because I don’t want to put spoilers in, but I promise you, if you like crime fiction then you will absolutely adore the amazing Kim Stone books created by the amazing Angela Marsons. This book rocks!!!

A five out of five star read.

Book Review – Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty…

 Despite their differences, Erika and Clementine have been best friends since they were children. So when Erika needs help, Clementine should be the obvious person to turn to. Or so you’d think. For Clementine, as a mother of a two desperately trying to practise for the audition of a lifetime, the last thing she needs is Erika asking for something, again. But the barbecue should be the perfect way to forget their problems for a while. Especially when their hosts, Vid and Tiffany, are only too happy to distract them. Which is how it all spirals out of control… 
I was given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This story is dull. I’m so sorry but it really is. The characters are limp and have nothing to endear themselves to me. I just couldn’t enjoy this book.

A two out of five star read.

I am profoundly grateful to Netgalley and to Penguin UK for my copy.

My top 10 favourite books…

I had to think long and hard about this one. I have cheated slightly and squished the Harry Potter books down into one book. Otherwise I only have three spaces to play with. Likewise the Hunger Games trilogy. They take up one space to give me more space.

  1. The Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling. Simply stunning storytelling from start to end.I think I’m still a little bit in awe of them.
  2. The Humger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. These books were my introduction to the dystopian genre. I love them! Katniss is one of my favourite female protagonists.
  3. The Surgeon by Tess Getritsen. This book introduces us to Rizzoli and Isles. A truly brilliant crime thriller.
  4. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen. The gripping follow up to The Surgeon.
  5. The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen. The first full novel where Jane and Maura work together.
  6. Body Double by Tess Gerritsen. This is as far as I’ve got in the Rizzoli and Isles series and I’m really looking forward to more.
  7. Silent Scream by Angela Marsons. Her debut novel. The one that introduced D.I Kim Stone to us. A really stellar read.
  8. Evil Games by Angela Marsons. This is the second D.I Kim Stone novel. As utterly gripping as the first.
  9. Eeny Meeny by M.J Arlidge. This book introduces us to D.I Helen Grace, another strong, female detective.
  10. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell. The first Kay Scarpetta novel I ever read.