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Release Date: 12th May 2022 / Publisher: Bookouture

It’s a typical teenage bedroom with posters covering the walls and clothes littering the floor. But the girl lying on her bed, wearing a delicate chain around her neck, is lifeless. A circle of red stains her white vest top. How had the girl’s mother looked down at her sleeping child and pulled the trigger?

When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.

The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother, but it just makes her more determined to uncover the truth. As Kim untangles Helen’s past, she finds a history of clinical depression. But did it drive Helen to murder her loved ones?

Then Kim uncovers a tiny, vital clue in Helen’s bedroom that throws the investigation wide open. Could someone else have killed the Daynes family?

Just as Kim feels she’s making progress, a deadly threat is made to her own life by a dangerous psychopath from her past. Biting back her fear, she keeps digging. And when Kim hits upon a shocking secret that changes everything she thought she knew about Helen, she realises that the remaining family members are in grave danger.

Kim is under pressure like never before, and the monster circling her is getting ever closer. Four bodies already. Four graves fresh in the ground. Who will be next? Can Kim find the killer and save herself before it’s too late?

An absolutely nail-biting mystery thriller that will have you gasping out loud. You won’t come up for air until you’ve reached the breathtaking final twist. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham and Robert Dugoni will love Six Graves.

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My Review

I know I say this every time but…this was the best one yet!!  What a fantastic read!  I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book and cleared my day so I knew I could settle down and read until my eyes hurt!  As usual, this author has done it again with another fast paced, gripping, emotional and nerve-wracking instalment in the Kim Stone series.  We are at book #16 in the series, and whilst others may be slowing down, this series just keeps going from strength…to strength…to strength!!  If you haven’t read any of this series yet (…why not?!) or if you are running a bit behind, then I would recommend you read the books in series order.  We do encounter some characters who we have met before, and you really wouldn’t want to spoil their storylines from the previous books!

Kim Stone is facing her toughest case yet.  Not only does she have to solve the case of what looks like a murder/suicide, but she also must face one of her deadliest threats.  I have to admit to reading the opening chapter with my heart in my mouth, unable to believe what I was reading!  It certainly laid down the groundwork with what the rest of the book was going to be like, and I spent the next few hours biting my nails, covering my eyes and keeping my fingers crossed!  Kim has her usual team working with her, but there is also a new addition from a character we’ve met before!  I love the banter between them all, and the author has done a fabulous job in creating those little moments of humour amongst the tense storyline!  Stone and Bryant have to be my favourite double act, reminding me of an old married couple who know themselves so well they don’t even have to say anything to know what the other one is thinking!

The storyline grabs your attention from the first page and doesn’t let up until the very end.  There are two different stories running alongside each other.  The murder/suicide is a tragic case with lots of suspects to ponder over and full of unexpected twists and turns.  The other storyline, featuring a former adversary of Stone’s is heart-stoppingly good, leaving you on the edge of your seat with every page turn!  I’m so in awe of this author, amazed by her ability to create the perfect read every single time, and yet slightly scared by where she gets the ideas for her books from!

As usual, I love the locations within the book, living in the Black Country myself, and could easily pictures places that Stone and her team visit.  The author has certainly done it again, finishing with an ending which leaves you, not only wanting more, but wondering how this changes things for the future!  I LOVE Kim Stone (I have the mug to prove it!), I LOVE this series and I LOVE this author!  She deserves a flipping knighthood for her services to crime, thriller and creating the best character ever in the guise of Kim Stone…arise Dame Marsons!

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 5 million in 7 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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