Dead Souls by Angela Marsons Book Review


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.


I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to get round to reading Dead Souls, but with book seven on the way, I thought I’d better get round to it soon. Dead Souls is another thrilling addition to the Kim Stone series which keeps getting better and better. Since I read Silent Scream, Angela Marsons continues to prove that she is a writer at the top of her game. Whenever a new Kim Stone novel comes out I know that I am in for a treat; very rarely do I read the blurb before I click the purchase button, I already know that it is going to be brilliant.

In Dead Souls, a shocking discovery is made when a group of students unearth a collection of bones on a piece of land. Kim Stone arrives at the scene but there is an issue that needs to be dealt with before the investigation can begin. The bones were discovered on the border of her patch and their neighbours; Kim fights to take control of the investigation, but she is put together with an old colleague, Detective Travis. Kim fell out with Travis a few years earlier, and the animosity between them is clear, they must put aside their feelings towards one another and work together to reach a successful outcome. The investigation heats up when a series of shocking hate crimes begin to emerge, and Kim and her team know that they are dealing with a sadistic, terrifying killer.

What I loved about Angela’s latest work is the fresh approach she took in this book. I really liked the idea of pairing Kim up with Travis although Kim may not agree with me on that. It was interesting to see how they would work together, given their recent history and it also added another layer to the dynamics of her team. While Kim is working with Travis, the rest of her team really begin to break out of their shells; one character who I particularly admired was Stacey who works alongside Bryant and Dawson. She really struck me as a strong individual especially when she was determined to see the case through. I also loved Dr A, particularly when she sides with Kim and belittles Detective Travis. I’d love to see her return in future books.

There is no doubt that Angela knows how to keep her readers hooked. The tension in this book had me reading well into the night as I raced to find out what the final outcome would be. After the end of each book, Angela always leaves me wanting more, which is why I’m sure that the Kim Stone series will continue to be a hit with readers.

This is, by no doubt, the best book in the Kim Stone series so far, but I’m sure that the next one will be even better. I know I will be first in the queue to read her next book. A brilliant, five star read.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 25th April 2017

Print length: 412 pages


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