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Release Date: 13th May 2021 / Publisher: Bookouture

Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.

When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.

But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air.

Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.

Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives.

A secret that some police officers are also protecting.

Faced with deceit from those she should be able to trust, family members who won’t talk, and local reporter, Tracy Frost, opening a can of worms on the case of a woman murdered by her husband a year ago – Kim is in deep water like never before.

Kim must find the motive if she is to find the killer who is systematically targeting and torturing his victims. But can she unlock the shocking truth and stop him before he strikes again?

An absolutely jaw-dropping crime thriller from the number one, multi-million-copy bestselling author of the incredibly addictive Detective Kim Stone series.

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My Review

This book is #14 in the DI Kim Stone series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone book, I would recommend reading the books in series order for better understanding of the characters back stories.

You just know that whenever you start a book by this author you may as well clear a space in your diary as you won’t want to put it down until you’ve finished. The story follows on from the previous book with Stone and her team investigating some particularly horrific and gruesome murders scattered around the Black Country. I live in the area and like I’ve said in every review I’ve written for this series it was great to read of places that I know so well – the Wrens Nest being one which is just visible in the distance from my bedroom window!

Kim Stone is a fantastic character and beneath that icy and moody exterior we are beginning to see a soft and fluffy interior – okay, perhaps soft and fluffy aren’t words which one could use to describe Stone but we do get to see glimpses of her more caring and understanding side. Her relationship with her team is first class and I love the banter between her and her DS Bryant. They understand each other so well that I’m often left wondering if they are an old married couple!! Journalist Tracy Frost, who rubs Stone up the wrong way just by being in the same town, provides some welcome light relief in her interactions with Kim and experiences a side to Kim that she hasn’t seen before. Frost’s storyline runs parallel to the murders and is quite shocking, with just as many twists as the main plot. Not being a huge fan of Frost in the past, I really found myself warming to her all the more by the end of the book.

The murder storyline is chilling, brutal and stomach churning! I had no idea where the story was heading and the author is superb at holding back any hints or clues until you are least expecting it. With all the twists and turns I did find myself reading open mouthed as the plot begins to unfold and things begin to slot into place. I have no idea where the author gets her ideas from but I dread to think what her Internet search history must look like with all the research of torturous and sadistic crimes! The storyline moves along at a fantastic pace, barely giving you chance to catch your breath before the next piece of action starts up. We are constantly fed red herrings and follow dead ends throughout and don’t get to find out who the killer is until Stone and her team do.

I honestly can’t begin to say how much I enjoyed this book! At the end of every book I think there is no way it can be beaten, but the author pulls another one out of the bag and surpasses herself every single time. With original, well researched storylines, fantastic writing and crimes that will make your heart beat faster and keep you hooked from the first page, I can only hope that this series goes on forever! Angela Marsons is undoubtedly the Queen of Crime!! Fab, fab, fab – what more can I say!!

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 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.