Regular readers of my blog will know I buy new bedding whenever there’s a new Kim Stone book out but this time I took it step further and got a new house!
As usual, I got myself snuggled up with plenty of supplies (wine and chocolate) and read this in one sitting… before I share my publication day review, here’s the blurb…
Bookouture (13 May 2020)
It had seemed so simple. Get in, get the information, get out. But now they were getting inside her mind and she didn’t know how to stop them…
When Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide.
But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered.
Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life.
Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable.
Sending one of her own undercover into Unity Farm is high risk but it’s Kim’s only hope if she is to catch a killer – someone Kim is convinced the victims knew and trusted.
With Bryant distracted by the emergence of a harrowing case close to his heart, and an undercover officer in way over her head, Kim’s neck is on the line like never before. Can she protect those closest to her before another life is taken?
An unbelievably gripping crime thriller from multi-million copy bestseller Angela Marsons that will have you hooked on the Detective Kim Stone series.
As expected, Killing Mind is utterly fantastic.
It never ceases to amaze me how Marsons manages to make each instalment of this series better than the one before. Not only are the crimes and criminals more twisted but the development of the plots and characters running through each book is outstanding.
Killing Mind not only focusses on a new wave of killings for the team to investigate, but our beloved Bryant is going through the most heartbreaking of times thanks to a previous case.
Until now, Bryant has been the steadying yin to Stone’s fiery yang. He is the calming, rational thinker. The one who stops Kim jumping head first into everything so it was shocking, and somewhat refreshing, to see the roles reversed when the convicted killer from one of his first ever cases is up in front of the parole board. For twelve (technically thirteen if you count First Blood, the secret prequel released last year) we have grown to love and adore how he looks out for Kim and the team. He’s the one who you just know you’d turn to for help if you knew him in real life and it was heart-wrenching watching him go through so much turmoil.
While Bryant is slightly distracted, Kim and Co are investigating what originally looked like a suicide but which soon becomes a multiple-murder enquiry and as the body count rises, the team find the link between the victims to be a local farm/retreat. As there’s a huge secrecy about what goes on there, Kim has no choice but to send in an undercover officer. But at what cost?
What follows is an unparalleled thriller where nothing is as it seems and where the emotional side of Kim comes to the fore… we see her in a new light, one we’ve only seen glimmers of in the past but which Marsons is showing us more and more of as each book (not that Kim would admit that, mind!)
This team have been so much together and following their journey is an honour. It really is.
There’s something magical about opening these books for the first time. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s like going to family gathering and catching-up with people you haven’t seen for a while but who you love and miss every day. If you haven’tread one yet, don’t be put off by how many there are, you can start at the beginning (I’m beyond jealous of those who have this wonderful world to discover for the first time) and you will fly through them… Or you can start from this one and not be floundering as Marsons is wonderful at telling you what you need to know from the previous books without ruining the new plot.
Once again, Killing Mind is beyond brilliant and you need to read it. NOW!
HUGE thanks to Kim and the Bookouture team for my advanced review copy, and of course, to Angela and Julie for keeping this wonderful series going and making it stronger with each instalment.
What a bloody team. I bloody love it!
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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.