“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…
A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.”
What I thought:
I have a new author crush! Less than 2 weeks ago, I started my first Angela Marsons book. Last night (well, early hours of this morning, truth be told) I finished my fifth. Oh, Ms Marsons is clever alright with her short, cliff-hanger chapters that mean you can never put the damn things down. But what a series. I am utterly bereft now I’m done.
Not only is Marsons my new author crush but Kim Stone is my new Detective crush. I just love her. Deadpan and sarcastic and makes me chuckle out loud on a regular basis. Her interactions with other key characters are just brilliant, especially Bryant, her partner and only real friend and Keats, the ME. Stone is forthright and doesn’t do small talk, yet she has a heart of gold under that prickly exterior and an unrelenting drive for justice.
I read Lost Girls first (number 3 in the series but although I have since read the rest in order, I didn’t feel I had missed out) and I enjoyed every single one of them, but found Blood Lines a particular treat as we see the return of sociopath Psychiatrist, Dr. Alex Thorne. Alex Thorne first appeared in Evil Games (book 2) and what ensued was a game of cat and mouse between Detective and Doctor as they tried to outwit each other at every turn. In Blood Lines, Alex manages to create pandemonium even from behind bars and her evil plotting knows no bounds. The dynamics between Stone and Thorne are so well written and I found gaining insights into Thorne’s twisted mind with regards to how she uses manipulation to get what she wants fascinating.
Tight plotting and breakneck speed chapters meant putting these books down have been near on impossible. I particularly love the device that Marsons uses by leaving us dangling off a cliff at the end of a chapter and then the next chapter flits to another character/plot, ensuring you keep reading to find out what happens. Clever!
If you have never read any of the Kim Stone series, do yourself a massive favour and dive right in. Bloody brilliant!