#BlogTour · #SleepStealer · angela marsons · Bookouture

DI Kim Stone is back with another staggering performance in @writeangie ‘s #DeadlyCry DO NOT MISS THIS ONE, BOOKWORMS! @bookouture

Thirteen books in and Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone series is as strong as it ever was. Deadly Cry came out yesterday but I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the publisher a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I was hooked. Hooked from the start, once again.

I don’t get shocked by that fact any longer. I know, without a shadow of a doubt that I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else properly until I’ve finished reading these books.

It’s bonkers, but true.

It’s my stop on the blog tour today and I’m thrilled to be sharing my review.

First, here’s the blurb…

Bookouture (13 Nov. 2020)

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.

My thoughts…

I have struggled to write this review. I read the book, Deadly Cry, about five weeks ago and I still don’t feel able to write about it.

Not because it’s bad. Or because I didn’t enjoy it. But because this is book thirteen in the series and how the heck am I supposed to say, for the thirteenth time, that I thought it was brilliant without sounding like a broken record?

And that got me thinking about how it must feel Marsons.

Crickey!

Here I am getting all het up about not being able to keep my 300-word (ish) reviews fresh and interesting while she’s creating whole books that manage to shock and stun with every page. I guess that’s why she’s the author, though 😉

So, I had a look back through my reviews of the other books and this is an extract from my thoughts on Silent Scream (Book One) and do you know what … It’s perfect for this book too!

The chapters are well paced, starting nice and slow to allow the reader to get a gage of everything that’s going without overfacing you with lots of unnecessary jargon and descriptive narrative. Then, when that point comes, you know the one, when the intensity levels hitch up a notch (a bit like the key change in a Westlife song and they all suddenly stand up to sing the final part) and you just know that that’s it, until the last word has been read you will not be putting this book down; the pace really speeds up but is so brilliantly written you don’t get lost.

I think this comes down to not having too many subplots going on. Don’t get me wrong there are twists and turns and you will be left reeling by some shocking developments but they all fit, they all make sense, and they are all integral to the story. You don’t leave it thinking, What was the point in that? like I have done with a lot of books before. Everything in this book is in it for a reason and that makes for an even better read in my humble opinion!

I loved that we didn’t have to suffer a million different suspects and their police interviews, that the police officers actually got some time off to go and sleep, and that they ate more than a snack from the police station’s vending machine, it was really refreshing! I loved everything about this book and I cannot recommend it enough.

And seriously, the other eleven reviews are pretty much the same! How the actual f*ck does an author manage to do this for THIRTEEN books?!?! Seriously?!?!?

So that’s the focus of this review.

Yes, the characters are wonderful.

Yes, the plots are twisted and well-thought-out.

Yes, they are pacey and keep you wanting to read more.

And all that is down to one thing and one thing only.

Angela Marsons.

Give these characters, plots, ideas, and all that to someone else and it would not work. It’s that simple.

Marsons is a genius. Her talent is phenomenal. Her way with words is breathtaking.

I love the characters, I love the books, but most of all, I love the author.

Go buy this one; go buy them ALL!

Huge thanks to Bookouture for my spot on the tour 🙂 What an honour x

About the author…

Angela Marsons

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 4 million in 5 years.

She lives in Worcestershire with her partner and their 2 cheeky Golden Retrievers.

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 28 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 and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.

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