Blood Lines – Angela Marsons

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Synopsis:

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 forDetective 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…

My review 5/5

Another killer read from Angela Marsons! In Blood Lines the chilling psychiatrist, Alexandra Thorne rears her evil head again as even from behind bars she is determined to play mind games with Kim in attempt to throw her over the edge of her sanity this time!

What a gripping storyline this book had so many twists and turns as you try to fathom who is responsible for the murders; it’s going to keep you guessing all the way through that’s for sure! Manipulation and dysfunctional family relationships feature highly in Blood Lines, Alex Thorne has got to be the Queen of manipulation as even from behind bars she can reach out and wield a power over others that will leave you recoiling in horror.

Kim Stone is a fantastic character, she is strong and determined but definitely vulnerable given her tragic past; this is her major weakness and one thay Alex Thorne is determined to exploit. I love her relationship with Bryant – he paves the way for her in so many ways – he is the smoothness to her brusque and often unfriendly manner that raises people’s hackles. Kim’s mother has more of a part to play in the book and the way that this was written was fascinating – it will certainly get your brain ticking!

Alex Thorne – OMG she is evil personified – skilled manipulator and sociopath – she chills you to the bone just reading about her – I can almost feel her cold eyes boring through me as I read the book; she evokes so many emotions in the reader and she is a fascinating study in the evil that exists in humanity.

I loved reading this book, the relationships between Kim and her colleagues has developed as the series grows and the reader is able to to see the team dynamics at play; fast paced with plenty of psychological mind games that will leave you reeling at times; it doesn’t let you rest before it throws you off the deep end! Highly recommended and thanks to Netgally and Bookoture for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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