#BookReview #FirstBlood Angie Marsons @WriteAngie @Bookouture

Source: Publisher ARC/Netgalley

Do you know how hard it has been for me not to talk about this top secret book from Bookouture?! It’s been awful having to keep this secret from you dear readers! But, at last the day has come when I can let it all out in the open!

A massive happy surprise publication day to Angie Marsons and First Blood!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

In the darkness of a cold December morning, Detective Kim Stone steps through the doors of Halesowen Police Station.  She’s about to meet her team for the first time.  The victim of her next case is about to meet his killer…

When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene.

Searching the victim’s home, Kim discovers a little girl’s bedroom and a hidden laptop.  Why is his sister relieved to hear he’s dead – and where is the rest of his family?  

As Kim begins to unearth the dark secrets at the heart of the case, D.C. Stacey Wood finds a disturbing resemblance to the recent murder of Lester Jackson.  But that’s not all Stacey finds …

She’s convinced there is a link between the victims and a women’s shelter run by Marianne Forbes, Lester’s niece. A child of the care system herself, Kim knows all too well what it means to be vulnerable. Could Marianne be the key to cracking this case?

With the killer about to strike again, Kim is in deep water with a rookie squad.  Inexperienced Stacey is showing signs of brilliance but struggling to hold her nerve and, while D.S. Bryant is reliable and calm, D.S. Dawson is a liability. With his home life in pieces, his volatile behaviour is already fracturing her fragile new team.

Can Kim bring Dawson in line and pull her crew together in time to catch the killer before another life is taken? This time, one of her own could be in terrible danger…

Discover where it all began for Kim and her team. An absolutely heart-stopping mystery thriller that will keep you glued to the pages, reading late into the night.  Perfect for Kim Stone fans and new readers to the million-copy bestselling series.

A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.

My thoughts!

And with that prologue we are off as Angie Marsons once again proves that she has magic in those fingertips! Striking that perfect balance of terror with the need to devour what’s coming next, I was hooked!

Angie starts off by taking us back in time to 2014 and the beginning of Kim Stone’s career.  She arrives on DCI Woodward’s team and it’s her last chance saloon, having burned her bridges with most other stations in the area. Nobody wants to work with her and she’s not shy in admitting to her own personal foibles, namely, that she doesn’t like most people! I really do think Kim and I were separated at birth sometimes! It was a brilliant insight into the relationship between Kim and her superior and we learn just why Woody has a soft spot for her. And while we already know about Kim’s tragic background, First Blood, gives us even more colour to the picture of the woman behind the character as we learn what motivates her.

And oh what a joy it was to be reacquainted with Stone’s team mates in a past setting, it really did bring back some happy memories and allows fans of the series to see how the team started out all those years ago. We learn about their reservations about the arrival of the formidable DI Stone. We also get to learn more about them too. It was a fascinating insight into the lives of each of them and I found myself going “ah, so that’s why…” as I reflected on the books I’d already read!

This was a brilliant opportunity to get to know how the team were initially formed; how each of them interacted at the start, where they had come from, their backgrounds. For fans of the series this is a must read. And it just hammered home for me how much I love the relationship between Kim and Bryant

Of course, First Blood isn’t just a trip down memory lane; it’s another cracking example of Angie Marsons talent for penning some damn good police procedurals. Interspersed with chapters from an unknown narrator, the tension ramps up as the horror unfolds and their first investigation gets underway with the newly formed team headed up by Stone.

Angie Marson’s certainly knows how to throw a “good murder’ a dark mix of gruesome, horror and shock but always liberally flavoured with sensitivity, never gratuitous and always treating the dead with respect ; she has perfected the combination. She addresses the issue of media coverage on mental health and suicide through Kim’s dealings with local reporter, Tracy Frost.  This gets major thumbs up from me.

First Blood is genius; it further cemented my relationship with Kim and her team. If I didn’t already think they were real then I do now! Angie Marsons has totally brought this team to life; she has created a world that is believable and characters you connect with! She breathes life into the pages of her book and brings this world alive. This folks is A MUST READ!

#FirstBlood is available to buy NOW!

Keep an eye on social media today as it’s going to be buzzing with #FirstBlood

About Angie

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her long-term partner, Julie, two bouncy Golden Retrievers and a potty-mouthed African Grey parrot. It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born. The Detective Kim Stone series has now sold over 3.5 million copies, repeatedly hitting the Number One spot on the Kindle bestseller charts and has been translated into more than twenty-eight languages.

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