I can’t express how happy I am to be participating in the Books on Tour for Angela Marson’s Deadly Cry. I’ve been a massive fan from the beginning of the series and it is such an honour to take part in the tours to promote her books! Thanks to Bookouture and Netgally for the ARC to review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.
In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional kill. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?
Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.
With her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.
With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.
Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.
But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?
And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.
The multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series is every bit as addictive, original and exciting as readers say and you’ll be hooked from the very first page. Nobody does it better than the Queen of Crime, Angela Marsons.
It’s hard to believe that Deadly Cry is the 13th book in the Kim Stone series from Angela Marsons. You can read it as a standalone as enough backstory is provided to keep you in the loop, but please do yourself a favour and go read the whole series, you will not be disappointed!
Opening up the pages is like opening the door to a very welcome family reunion; one where you know you are about to spend time with a bunch of folk you adore! But don’t be fooled, you may love the characters but the story behind the door, as revealed by Angela Marsons will chew you up and spit you out every single time!
Deadly Cry opens with a prologue that tears at your heartstrings and pulls you straight in. Angela Marsons knows how to build the tension, she’s got the power to keep you turning the pages well into the wee small hours and despite this being book number 13 she brings something fresh to the table every single time.
Throughout this series I’ve grown alongside the characters and it is testament to the author’s skill that she has created a cast of characters who find their way under your skin, whose lives and stories intrigue you so much. Stacy and Penn really come into their own in Deadly Cry. Stacy’s tenacity and quest for justice are second to none, her character is one that I’m enjoying more and more as the books go on; and the emotional scenes between Penn and his brother Jasper had me reaching for the tissues, Penn is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in the series and I really do hope he finds some happiness in his life.
And of course, the lady herself, Kim Stone; now she is the kind of detective you want on your side: she might be brusque on the outside but her drive and passion for justice is what moves her forward and she is never afraid to question or put her own neck on the line to make it happen. And that relationship between her and Bryant, well they just go together like toast and tea, gin and tonic; the banter, the honesty and the friendship between them feels so real. Angela Marsons has created a cast of characters so real, that they just step out from the pages and into your lives.
And of course the plot! The blurb tells you all you need to know. Angela Marsons has once again, nailed it and them some! From current to cold cases, all entwined with the lives of the characters and all with the power to make you stop and think, the tension is real and the pace is perfection. I love how the author uses her narrative to challenge stigma, discrimination, inequalities and injustices, but does so in such a way that the reader never feels preached to, but rather the messages are absorbed by the reader without them realising. It is no wonder Angela Marson’s is referred to as the Queen of Crime Fiction, it is a crown she truly deserves to wear!
I’ll only give you one warning about this book: I was stupid enough to start reading this at midnight. Panda eyes the next morning and a huffy dog as I wouldn’t take him out until I had finished reading! Bookouture need to start issuing sick notes for readers to give them a day off to read, or to catch up on lost sleep!
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About the author:
Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed 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 D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 3 million copies.