Broken Bones by Angela Marsons is fricking awesome ~ Marsons never fails to amaze me when a new book comes out, she just gets better and better! It baffles me how authors like Marsons’ get better – I mean, each and every book she has written is amazing, so how does she manage to improve the next one?! #Boggled!!
Anyway, I’m going to stop waffling on about how topsy-turvy I get when trying to figure out how she does it and tell you about the book.
Here’s the blurb …
Bookouture (3 Nov. 2017)
They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.
As three more sex workers in the Black Country are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.
When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from as secrets from her own past come to light.
As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?
My thoughts …
Those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter will know how much I adore this series. I count down the weeks between release dates and eagerly watch the Bookouture pages for news on the Netgalley release, praying to whatever god may be listening that I am approved to read an advanced copy. I knew that the release of this one was coming up and every day for two weeks, I watched every single notification that Kim or Noelle posted, waiting with baited breath for it to be about Broken Bones.
Then, on Friday, 6 October, I was working. I was editing a manuscript and was almost done so decided to carry on into the night to finish it. I turned off all my social media and was a really good girl. And guess what. When I logged on to Facebook at about 10.00 p.m. I saw it.
Broken Bones is available on NetGalley.
Bloody charming!!! (jokes!!)
I hot-footed straight over to NG and luckily, those ladies at Bookouture are the ball and one of them (I’m guessing Kim ’cause I prayed to the goddess of gin – I’ll pray to ANYONE when it comes to books!!!! ) approved me. I then abandoned my family, grabbed a bottle of wine, some scented candles, a box of mint Matchmakers, and my kindle and headed to my freshly made bed. I was in bookworm heaven!!! Mind you, I typically see the posts just before dinner time and end up having to buy the kids takeaway for tea as there is no way I can cook with a #DIKimStone book sat waiting to be read, so actually, not seeing it till later saved me thirty quids’ worth of curry! Every cloud eh?!
Did I like it? HHhhmmmmm …
HELL YEAH I FREAKING DID!!!!
I devoured in two sittings (only because I read the first 75% that night and then had four kids and a husband at home all weekend and they were being needy as f**k and I couldn’t get the peace that Marsons’ books deserve to finish it!)
I don’t even know where to start because Marsons’ just gets better and better, her plots are slick, her writing intelligent, and her characters are like family.
Reading Broken Bones felt like catching up with those family members you love but hardly get to see in person. It’s a sign of a phenomenal author to be able to create that connection between reader and character, and Marsons just has it. That x factor that makes everything she writes special. In fact, it’s more than special … her books are exquisite.
That is why this review is going to be a little different.
Although the plot is amazing; we see the team split up, working with officers they haven’t worked with properly before, being left to their own devices, and a little twist to the team that I thought was wonderful – I don’t want to rant on about that.
What I do want to talk about is the author.
Every book she writes is better than the last. Her writing gets stronger with each one, you can see where she has pushed herself to make the subtle changes to the structure of the story she gives us. She would be more than within her rights to just use the same formula from book one, but why would she? She has more respect for her characters and her readers than that. So, she pushes herself to give us more (again, where that comes from I do not know but I see it and feel it when I read her work). She includes everything you need and want in a police procedural but adds so much more, things that you didn’t know were missing from the other books in this genre until you read her work.
There is a significant element to her characters’ development. Every book teaches us more about them, every book reveals a little more as they grow and learn and love. It really is a pleasure to read about them. Like I said, they are like family now.
I cannot praise her writing enough. Any aspiring authors reading this, buy all her books IMMEDIATELY and try and dissect how she does it. She’s got a winning formula!!!
In case I haven’t been clear, Broken Bones is utterly amazing.
Thank you so much to the wonderful Kim Nash and Noelle Holten for my Net Galley ARC of this, this is my honest opinion about the book.
About the author …
Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series – Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines, and Dead Souls and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 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 20 languages.
Her last two books – Blood Lines and Dead Souls – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.