HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!
I’m over the moon to be kicking off the blog tour for this #SleepStealer along with my pal Jen over at Jen Med’s Book Reviews. Go check her review out too!
There are some authors whose books you have no need to read the blurb or read the reviews for as you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re going to love it.
Angela Marsons is one such author for me and I am honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for her new book.
When she has a new book out, I buy new bedding. It’s become a ritual and I can’t read her books unless I have a new bedspread, a bottle of wine, and a box of chocolates. The kids are sent to my in-laws for the night and I don’t stop reading until I’ve finished.
Child’s Play is book eleven in her DI Kim Stone series and let me tell you, this series is just getting better and better!
Before my review, here’s the blurb …
Bookouture (11 July 2019)
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 killers 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.
My thoughts …
Once again, Marsons has knocked it outta the park with Child’s Play.
There is always a worry with a series that it’s going to get boring. That the author won’t be able to keep it fresh and exciting and it will get a bit same old same old.
I’ve NEVER had that worry with Marsons’ books. In a similar light to L.J. Ross, she nails it every time.
I’m constantly in awe at Marsons’ ability to make each book so special, so gripping, thrilling, and enthralling. She brings something different to each book but still makes it feel like I’m at a family reunion and am surrounded by loved ones I haven’t seen for a few months.
Anyway, the book.
Child’s Play starts with a gruesome murder. A chilling scene that set the tone for the whole book and with a tension that was perfectly maintained throughout.
As more bodies are uncovered, DI Kim Stone and her team are on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer and the victims are connected – to potentially thousands of people who could want them dead. With DS Penn working back with his old team, Kim’s team are down one brain to help them with this impossible task.
I adore that Marsons has her characters delving into the mindset of the criminals. I love criminal psychology and Marsons’ has a deep and clear understanding of this subject and it jumps off the pages. As does the fact that she researches all the situations her characters find themselves in. She doesn’t just pluck a scenario out of a bag and wing it, she obviously has an interest in the topics she writes about and again, it jumps off the pages.
As the team’s investigation takes them to the world of child geniuses, they’re pitted against a killer so brutal that none of them are safe.
I was utterly captivated by this plot. Hooked to each page.
Child’s Play is an exhilarating instalment in one of the best police procedural series around. Tense, taut, and with an unyielding pace, this isn’t one for the faint-hearted. Gruesome and astonishing, Marsons brings us a killer so sick and twisted you’ll find it hard to sleep!
Another #sleepstealer and one you absolutely have to read! Go and buy it NOW!
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.