I’ve got to laugh, I start off the year telling myself how disciplined I am going to be about book reviews and then Kim over at Bookouture messages to say the latest Angie Marsons’ Kim Stone book is coming out…would I like to be on the blog tour she asks? Someone want to go and count Kim’s fingers as I think I just bit them off! So, it gives me great pleasure to be one of the bloggers closing down the blog tour today!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.
‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’
On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.
When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the deaths of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known.
Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.
Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?
The opening killer hook and the blurb of Dead Memories leaves you in absolutely no doubt that Angela Marsons is going to be putting Kim Stone through her paces in the latest in the series. This is the tenth book in the Kim Stone series and while you can read it as a standalone I’d highly recommend that you read this one from the beginning for a fuller and more intense reading experience. There is something about this cast of characters that allows you to build up a deeper understanding and appreciation of all the interpersonal dynamics that go on within the team and indeed beyond.
I feel like I’ve grown up with Kim and her colleagues over this series. I’ve watched the characters grow and develop and even at the tenth book into the series I remain seriously impressed at the author’s skill at keeping things fresh.
There is always a danger with long-running series that readers will tire after a while but not with this one. With the past seeping into the present, there is a constant sense of conflict both external and internal for the characters. They have all worked their way under my skin and I reckon they will be staying there for a very long time!
I love the relationship between Kim and Bryant. It just feels so natural and realistic. Penn is also now becoming a real part of the team following his rocky start in the last book. He is definitely going to be one of my favourites very soon. There is a determination alongside some strong ethics both in his personal and professional life. This guy is a keeper! And of course, I cannot write a review without mentioning the bloody tenacious and delightful Stacey who steals the show a few times for me!
I really enjoyed the role of Alison Lowe, the profiler in this book. She is given a much more prominent role to play and as a reader, I felt that I really got to know and understand her a little bit better. The question is will Kim bring herself to trust her this time around?
When Kim is called to the case right away she knows that this is personal and it is impossible not to feel Kim relive the trauma at the sight of that first
scene despite Bryant’s attempts to protect her. She’s a determined and focused character and this time around I really felt for Kim in this book, I found myself wondering just how much she could put up with and would this be the one to see her break. In this book, she finds herself under scrutiny from all levels. Will this cause her to crack or will she rise to the challenge of
Angela Marsons certainly ramps up the tension throughout. We come across a few unsavoury characters and they aren’t always the ones you would expect them to be. Kim’s astuteness in assessing personalities is on point and I have to say I find myself pretty much in sync with her way of thinking most of the time. Lots of characters from the past are at play in this one. And
there is one particularly evil one whom I’m sure is going to be around to haunt Kim Stone for a long time to come. But I’m saying nothing about who it is, you will just need to read it and see! But let’s just say if this character’s plan for revenge is ever played out in a novel then it is going to be gruesome
that’s for sure.
Once again Angie Marsons kept me on tenterhooks right up to
the last page. Guessing and second-guessing all the way! My heart was pounding by the time I’d finished this one! My dog wasn’t too happy either as he had to wait for his walk! Well, who the hell can put down a book with 30mins to go! Yes, Cooper had to wait for his walk but you won’t have to wait to read the book! Click below to buy and enjoy!
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About the author:
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever 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 (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) 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 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.