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The woman’s bright blonde hair floats in the breeze. She almost looks like she could be resting on the soft green grass. But her brown eyes stare unblinking up at the sky, and the final cut across her mouth is dark with blood. Her words silenced forever…

Late one evening, as the final church bell rings out, Sandra Deakin’s cold and lifeless body is found in the overgrown graveyard with multiple stab wounds. When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene, the violence of the attack convinces her that this murder was deeply personal. What could have caused such hate?

As the team dig into Sandra’s life, they discover she believed she could communicate with the dead. Was that why she was targeted? The last people to see her alive were a group of women who had a session with her the night before she was killed, and as Kim and her team pay them a visit, they soon learn each of the women is lying about why they wanted Sandra’s help…

Kim realises she must dig deep and open her mind to every avenue if she’s going to stand a chance at solving this case. And when she learns that Sandra was banned from the church grounds and had been receiving death threats too, she’s ever more certain that Sandra’s gifts are at the heart of everything.

But just when she thinks she’s found a lead, the broken body of a nineteen-year-old boy is found outside a call centre – a single slash across his mouth just like Sandra’s. Kim knows they are now racing against time to understand what triggered these attacks, and to stop a twisted killer.

But they might be too late. Just as Kim sits down at a local psychic show she discovers something that makes her blood run cold. Both Sandra and the call centre were named in an article about frauds. And this show stars the next name on the list. She looks around the audience with a feeling of utter dread, certain the killer is among them

Totally addictive with a final twist that will leave you shouting out loud, you’ll want to inhale Deadly Fate in one sitting. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid and Robert Dugoni will love the new crime thriller from the number one multi-million-copy bestselling author Angela Marsons.

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My Review

Book 18 of the Kim Stone series and are we finally starting to see the series slow down? Dow be daft, of course we’re not! This book is just like all the others…absolutely fantastic!!! If anything, it’s better than fantastic!! We are back with DI Kim Stone and her team – Bryant, Penn and Wood – and they are investigating the brutal murder of psychic, Sandra Deakin. When other victims are found, also connected with the psychic world, there’s obviously a link, but what and who is the killer?

I cannot resist a Kim Stone book and will always move all the others out of the way when I know I’ve got a new book of hers to read! The storyline jumps straight into the action with the murder of Sandra Deakin. We are kept in suspense as to why Sandra was murdered and, of course, by who, but we are given lots of titbits to Sandra’s and the other characters pasts! As normal, the dynamics between Stone’s team was amazing! I’ve always loved the banter between Stone and Bryant, but am now equally loving the relationship between Stacey and Penn as well! Not only are they all so close, but they work really well together and it’s great to see all their individual skills coming together to solve the case! As the book moves on and more bodies turn up, the storyline becomes more and more puzzling, to the point where I’m left wondering how on earth everything ties together!

I honestly have no idea where the author comes up with her ideas for the storylines! This one was original, gripping and held your attention right from the first page. The main characters are all so likeable, and as we’re 18 books in they feel like they are part of the family. The supporting characters are not always as likeable but pivotal to the book and still manage to keep you hooked into where their stories are going. There are other storylines running alongside the murder investigation and these are equally as riveting! I honestly couldn’t see where these were heading and whilst you know all would become clear in good time, I couldn’t even hazard a guess as to how!!

This was a completely original, ingenious and unusual plot which I would never have expected! The amount of research was great and I found out so many things about my local area! Yet again, living in the Black Country, it was exciting to read of so many places that I knew well and i loved being able to picture them as I read! Being a library worker, I loved seeing Stourbridge Library having a mention, but next time can it be Wordsley as there’s a fantastic Senior Library Assistant working there (that’s me in case it wasn’t obvious!!!) I was captivated by this book, reading it in every spare moment. Loved how it all ended and I can’t wait for book #19, even though my heart is in my mouth at the thought of what lies ahead for a certain character! Kim Stone is the best detective going, Angela Marsons is the best crime writer around! What more can I say! Fab, fab, fab!

The Author

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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 30 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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