About The Book:
How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.
When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.
Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.
As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…
This book starts of with the murder of a woman, killed with a blade to the heart. At first glance, it seems that it might be a burglary gone wrong, however, there is soon a second killing. With the news of a possible serial killer at large, DI Kim Stone gets the case.
While Stone is trying to focus on the case, she is getting distracted by two other sub-stories. One brings back Stone’s enemy, the psychotic Dr Alex Thorne and the second gives more insight into the hatred for her mum who is currently residing in a psychiatric hospital.
The main case seems to take a while to get going as they have no evidence to go on, the killer never leaves a trace. This does make this part of the book seem to drag for the first half, and I found myself more intrigued by the subplots with Dr Alex Thorne and Stone’s past with her mother. However, once more evidence starts to come in for the case, it quickens the pace of the main plot and this is when I really started to enjoy the book.
Marsons writing is brilliant and very descriptive, helping the reader to feel more for the characters and setting.
The second half of the book was definitely a fantastic read as I felt myself sucked in and found it difficult to put the book down.
I reckon that if you are familiar with Marsons work, and the previous four Kim Stone books, then you would have a much better connection to the characters. I definitely felt the book was gripping enough to make me look forward to reading the next in the series!
About The Author:
Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.
Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for http://bookouture.com and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.