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Dying Truth: A completely gripping crime thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 8)
How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?
When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.
As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.
With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.
Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.
I can just see most reviews for this book will be starting with something along the line of 'Wow, Where do I start' only worded better.
I truly don't know what to say, How can you better your last 7 books when those 7 were fantastic reads. I don't just mean improve the next one a little bit. Somehow Angela Marsons manages smash the last brillientness of the book and better it ten fold. Angela I don't know how the hell you do it, but please, keep on doing it.
The tension, the atmosphere, the build up, everything about this book was just Spot on. I feel like I've been on one hell of a ride with this story. The nail biting is that intense, these books should come with a free manicure.
So Dying Truth. We are off again with some familiar faces, character we have been getting to know over 8 books. Characters that have really grown and feel as though they have become real friends.
I have to start with Kim Stone. Now I don't know what it is about this character but I love reading about her. The familiarity while reading is almost like it's someone you personally know.
The book kicks off with Stone and Bryant attending an emergency at a school, where 13 year old Sadie Winter has jumped off the roof of her school. How could such a young girl have such problems that she feels the only answer is to kill herself? Everything seems to point to suicide. Only Detective Inspector Kim Stone, has other thoughts and once she gets something in her head, there is no changing her mind. It's not long after that another child is found dead. Kim Stone is certain that these are not suicide attempts or just accidents, Kim know's in her mind that these deaths are connected.
I really did look forward to each time I got the chance to pick up this book. A first class read that I feel will be difficult to top. Yet I have no doubt it will be topped. It's going to be damn interesting to see where Angela Marsons takes this series. This is easiest the best book of the series, but i'm sure I keep saying that each time a new one comes out.
This has certainly gone onto my 2018 MUST READ list.
Personally I feel these books should be read in order. I think you would get the best reading experience by doing so.
About the author:
Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
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 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Her last three books - Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones - reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.
Check out the part I have underlined. YES! 16 books, that means we are half way, how exciting to know there is going to be lots more #KimStone
I've said it many times, I don't know where Angie gets her ideas from, but I certainly hope they keep coming.
Previously Published as The Middle Child
Three sisters. Three childhoods ruined. One chance to heal the scars of the past.
After their death of their cruel and abusive mother, estranged sisters Alex, Catherine and Beth reunite once again.
Alex, the youngest, is a bitter, unhappy woman who refuses to face the horrors of her childhood. Finding solace in a bottle, her life is spiralling dangerously out of control.
Eldest child, Catherine, has strived for success, despite her difficult upbringing. But behind the carefully constructed façade lies a secret that could shatter her world forever.
Beth, the middle child, bore the greatest burden. But having blocked out the cruelty they suffered, she remained with their mother until her death. Now she must confront the devastating reality of the past.
Brought together as strangers, the sisters embark on a painful journey to heal themselves and each other. Can they finally put their terrible childhoods to rest and start over?
I'm currently catching up on some of my older books, that for one reason or another seem to have gotten lost on my kindle.
I have to admit i read this book purely because of who the author was, I didn't know what to expect and I went in with my mind open to anything.
I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.
An amazing story of 3 sisters and their lives growing up. After the death of their mother, the estranged sisters have a chance to rebuild their relationships with each other.
Alex, Catherine and Beth. 3 totally different women have a chance to put the past behind them and bond as sisters once more. Sometimes things can't be forgotten and things that happened in childhood can rule your life as an adult.
Forced to face the truths of their upbringing, this story is an emotional read. It covers the subject of family abuse brilliantly. It's superbly written. It left me feeling like i'd really been on and emotions journey with these women.
I'm a huge fan of this author and this book show's just how good a writer she is. It's beautifully written. Please be warned you may need a box of tissues. Once started this is a very difficult book to put down.
They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.
As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.
The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.
Another book by Angela Marsons that so deserves more than 5 stars. Again an exception read, with twists and a nail biting story line.
I just can't believe we are at book 7. I have loved each and everyone of these books, and I think any crime thriller fan will love the series. I always say this is a personal opinion but I think the books are so much better read in order.
So just think now, you have not read any of these. You now have the chance to read 7 awesome books back to back. I sometime wish I could erase a good series from my head, so that I could start again and read them all back to back.
So anyways,... Book 7 and Kim and her team a faced with more gruesomeness.
This story starts off with an abandoned baby outside the police station which of course it's Kim her very non maternal self that finds the baby. This soon turns into a hunt for finding the child's mother. Along side this we have murdered prostitutes. And Kim and her team as usual are working flat out.
I really don't know how Angela does it, but yet again this book is my favourite to date. Each book somehow out does the last one. I didn't think this series could get any better but it certainly does. I for one can not wait to read more. and more, and more.
I love the character that is Kim Stone, she's just been written perfectly. I have to say this book felt more like getting to know the whole team better. A brilliant set of characters put together.
Angela Marsons has now become of those authors whose books you don't need to read the blub, you know you want to read it because of the author. This book certainly deserves more than the given 5 stars. This book certainly hit's the ground running and doesn't stop. What? OMG? NO? just a few of the words falling out my mouth while reading it.
I can't praise this book or this author enough. Nail biting, thrilling, twisty, and a damn good read to boot.
Previously published as My Name Is
Thank you to the Author, Publishers and Netgalley for a review copy of this book.
Two ordinary women. Two damaged lives. One friendship that would save them both
Kit Mason has lived a life of unimaginable pain. An ex-prostitute, she has fled the clutches of an abusive pimp and now finds herself living hand to mouth in a new city, without anyone to help her.
Frances Thornton seems to be living the perfect life. A lawyer from a privileged background, her perfect façade hides the painful secrets that still haunt her.
Brought together by their attempts to conquer their addictions in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, the two women strike up an unlikely friendship.
But can they find strength in each other – or will the demons of their past catch up with them?
Firstly I would like to Thank you to the Author, Publishers and Netgalley for a review copy of this book. And apologise on how long it's taken me to get around to reading it.
The Amazing author that is Angela Marsons seems to be able to write about anything, and grab you right into the story from the early pages. Again this book was brought to my attention only because of who the aurthor was, and had it been an author I hadn't known, I may never have read it. I am so glad I did read it.
What an amazing story the journey of two women who have totally different lives but one thing in common. Drink!
Meeting at an AA meeting they certainly don't hit it off. It's only a matter of time before they realise how they could help each other and a friendship begins to form.
This really was a heart warming read, emotional yet interesting. I found myself really rooting for Kit and Fran to do so well.
A book well worth reading. And a welcome change from the normal genre I read.
The truth was dead and buried…until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy - and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.
Oh my oh my, where has my head been. I've been a little over excited when I realised Angel Marsons had book 7 in the Kim Stone series due out. And flicking back through my books realised I haven't read book 6... ahhhhhh bad me. But is it really bad me? Maybe it didn't get lost on a carrousel of a million books on my kindle. Maybe, just maybe I have such good will power that I was able to save this book and read it just before the new one comes out, so that I can have a Kim Stone binge. mmmmmmm You Decide!
Loved being back with Kim Stone, what a character she is.
The problem this time around is Kim ends up having to share a case, a joint investigation with someone who, for some reason really doesn't like her, but it seems the feeling could be mutual.
I felt like I'd really gotten involved during this investigation. I was gripped to the pages, I had to read it at every opportunity but then ended up sad as I got towards the end. I think a lot of the characters really shone in this book, it's great getting to know familiar characters even more and I think Angela managed that no problem here.
The only fear I have now is that Angela keeps raising the bar on her books, and she needs to shoot for the sky to better this one, I look forward to finding out what Kim has in store next.
An exceptional story. Fantastically put together.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2333 KB
Print Length: 348 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (4 Nov. 2016)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Source: Review copy via Netgalley
My Rating: 5/5
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…
How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
Well it's pretty simple really. You just put Kim Stone on the case.
Owww wow wowchersss... What a Freakin read and a half that was. I really don't know how Angela Marsons does it. But by god i'm glad she does. This lady can write!
I'm annoyed with myself as this seemed to get lost on my kindle, and it was only while sat scrolling through my books I spotted it. I honestly thought I was upto date with the series. So as well as being annoyed with myself for having not read it, I was also pleased as it means I get to read just in time for the new book being released on 28th April. Dead Souls will be book 6 in this awesome series.
So the story, well it's a good un' its more than good, it really is a fantastic read.
To date this book has 791, 5* reviews on Amazon uk and I can see why after reading it.
Kim Stone is an amazing Character, she's not perfect, and she's almost not crazy. She's just the right balance of making a fantastic fictional Detective,
Kim is faced with finding the killer of two people who have both been killed in the same way. But there is nothing else that seems to link these two. Can Kim and her team find out just what has happened and how?
Kim also has a few of her own demons to face in this book, but as they say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Or does it?
Another outstanding 5 star read from an author who certainly knows how to write. Well Done on this one Angela, I'm hoping and praying for bigger and better with each book, so far you certainly haven't disappointed this reader. Keep it up.
You could own the full series for less than the cost of a night out, Hell it's less than having an hour out.
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