OH MY GOD I’M ON A BLOG TOUR FOR ANGELA MARSONS!!!
Let me just digest this for a moment please . . .
OK, I’m calm . . . I promise! So, the book . . . That is what you’re here for isn’t it!
Well, here goes
Bookouture (4 Nov. 2016)
The blurb . . .
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective 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…
A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.
My thoughts . . .
OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!
Now that I have just about finished sobbing, I can see my screen properly to allow me to type this review.
You all know by now how much I utterly love Ms Marsons books and this one did not fail to amaze me.
Blood Lines is the fifth instalment of the D.I Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons and my god it’s a belter!
The evilest of criminals is back, Dr Alex Thorne; behind bars for the crimes she committed back in book three, but she isn’t going to let a pesky situation like a prison cell stop her from wreaking havoc on all those around her.
As with all Marsons books in this series, there is absolutely no let up on the pace. It hits you right in the face from the first page to the last, bang! – cliff-hanger; bang! – twist; BANG!! – ANOTHER jaw dropping moment and it is written to perfection.
The pace is intense but it doesn’t detract from the storyline like it can do with some books, Marsons writes with such skill and finesse that it is easy to keep up with who’s who and what’s going on.
Kim and her team are investigating the murders of two unrelated women; both very different in looks and life styles and, with no clues as to why they were murdered the team are struggling to find a suspect. Once again, Marsons builds upon the characters she has brought into our lives, we get so much more depth with each one as the books continue and it just makes the stories even more realistic. There is more understanding about each member of the team and why they are how they are.
And Kim, oh Kim. I just adore her.
She has had it rough, really rough from the minute she was born and now it seems like all her hard work is going to unravel. That someone has finally managed to crack that hard exterior she has built up around herself and that they will break her. We see a side to Kim in this book that I never thought would come to the fore and it broke my heart.
As with every other book in the series, Marsons weaves her magic exquisitely, building layer upon layer of mystery; taking us up the garden path and back again, and again, twisting and plotting and throwing a bone in one direction only to drag us in another a page later and it is pure genius. It never ceases to amaze me how magnificent her writing is, how her plots are so slick and how the tension she builds so palpable. My heart didn’t beat right the whole way through this one! I actually had to read this on the floor as the edge of my seat was too uncomfortable!
It is a real roller coaster of a ride, especially for those who have read the first four. Don’t worry if you haven’t, it’s works just as good as a standalone, Marsons has a real skill at letting you know what you to need from the other books, without boring the pants off those who haven’t been living under a rock for the last 2 years (no offense meant there, I too had clearly been living under one until July when I finally ready Silent Scream!)
I hate talking plots lines in my reviews as I don’t want to risk spoiling anything but rest assured, this is one book you do NOT want to miss!
It is fast, chilling and thrilling; you will laugh, you will cry and my god you will wish it never ended; it is, quite simply perfect.
I’d like to thank Angela Marsons, Kim Nash and the Bookouture team for sending me an advanced readers copy.
About the author . . .
Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador 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 (My Name Is and The Middle Child) 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 8 books. The second, third and fourth books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS and PLAY DEAD are also now available.