I am over the moon to be one of the bloggers closing down the blog tour for “Child’s Play” which is the 11th book in the DI Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons.
Thanks to Kim over at Bookouture for inviting me to take part and for the ARC to review. And of course a massive THANK YOU to Angela Marsons for creating such a bloody brilliant series!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.
Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.
The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.
Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.
With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killer’s they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.
Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?
The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.
Ok, so Angela Marsons, you are clearly trying to break the blogging community here aren’t you? Trying to make us all look like fools as we stand here with jaws clattering off the floor as “OMFG’ is all that we can find to say! Woman you just keep on writing these bloody amazing books and it’s getting harder and harder to try and come up with new words! So forgive me as I try!
So there’s a prologue not to read if you are going to be walking by a deserted swing park at night! Killer hook alert klaxon is sounding and then some!
There is a very real sense of growing alongside a character when you have been there from the beginning and I definitely get this with Kim and her colleagues. I feel completely invested in this series and indeed in the team. Each of them bring something different to the books and in Child’s Play we got to see another side of DS Penn as his past comes back to haunt him. I really enjoyed this sub-plot within the book; there were a whole load of WTF moments as Penn uncovered some truths and lies. The relationship between him and his brother Jasper is fabulous and totally relatable. I love how Penn is protective of his brother, who has Downs Syndrome but also determined to stand back and give him some independence. Angela Marsons has worked hard to challenge some of the stereotypes around disability and for this she is to be commended. I’d love to see more of Jasper in the series.
There’s not much to say about the plot that is not already covered in the blurb without giving you spoilers! But let’s just say it is a bloody cracker! It really opened up my eyes to the lives of children who have been deemed to be “child prodigies” and portrayed a whole new side that I hadn’t ever considered! Fascinating!
The team dynamics are dynamite and a new addition to assist them brings a whole new atmosphere to the team; will they be uplifted or dismayed at their new pair of helping hands!
Angela Marsons certainly knows how to ramp up the tension as she weaves a number of investigations, theories and discoveries into her narrative. This may be the 11th outing for Kim Stone but she remains as fresh as ever. Each novel offers the reader not only an enthralling story but also a further insight into the woman who is Kim Stone and her team. Once again this author kept me hooked from beginning to end and left me wanting more!
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About the author:
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.
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.