Hidden Scars by Angela Marsons #bookreview #blogtour @WriteAngie @bookouture

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the new novel by Angela Marsons, Hidden Scars on my blog today.

BLURB

While Jamie’s cold, lifeless body lay in the morgue, Detective Kim Stone stared at the empty board in the incident room and felt her anger boil. Why were there no photos, details, or lines of enquiry?

When a nineteen-year-old boy, Jamie Mills, is found hanging from a tree in a local park, his death is ruled a suicide. Detective Kim Stone’s instincts tell her something isn’t right – but it’s not her investigation and her temporary replacement is too busy waiting for the next big case to be asking the right questions.

Why would a seemingly healthy boy choose to end his life?
Why does his mother show no sign of emotional distress at the loss of her son?

Still mending her broken mind and body from her last harrowing case, Kim is supposed to be easing back into work gently. But then she finds a crucial, overlooked detail: Jamie had a recent injury that would have made it impossible for him to climb the tree. He must have been murdered.

Quickly taking back charge of her team and the case, Kim visits Jamie’s parents and is shocked to hear that they had sent him to a clinic to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality. According to his mother, Jamie was introverted and prone to mood swings. Yet his friend speaks of a vibrant, outgoing boy.

The clues to smashing open this disturbing case lie behind the old Victorian walls of the clinic, run by the Gardner family. They claim that patients come of their own accord and are free to leave at any time. But why are those that attended the clinic so afraid to speak of what happens there? And where did the faded restraint marks identified on Jamie’s wrists come from?

Then the body of a young woman is found dead by suffocation and Kim makes two chilling discoveries. The victim spent time at the clinic too, and her death was also staged to look like a suicide.

Scarred from an ordeal that nearly took her life, is Kim strong enough to stop a terrifying killer from silencing the clinic’s previous patients one by one?

MY THOUGHTS

It’s always exciting to hear when Angela Marsons is releasing a new Kim Stone book, and each book has always gone straight to the top of my TBR pile the moment it’s downloaded onto my kindle. I couldn’t wait to read Hidden Scars, book seventeen in the series, from the moment it was announced. After the traumatic events that took place in the last book, it was going to be interesting to see how Kim was coping. If you haven’t read the last book, this book does contain some small spoilers, so I would certainly suggest reading the previous book first if you’re a fan of the series. Kim’s team have been patiently waiting her return to work, especially as they have found life without her at the station difficult, particularly with their new boss, who has taken charge in Kim’s absence.

In Hidden Scars, the novel opens with a devastating scene, following the suicide of a young man. But Kim can see that there is something more here than what first meets the eye. It certainly feels that if she wasn’t back in time for this investigation, it may well have been brushed to the side.

Angela Marsons explores some heart-breaking stories in this book and she explores the topic of conversion therapy. It’s harrowing to hear how people, who are gay, are forced to try and change who they are, often by their own family, who can’t accept that they are gay. It’s flabbergasting to think that there are people out there who believe they can change who a person is. Angela Marsons brings this to light well in her book, in a sensitive way as well. You can feel the emotions right throughout this story, especially how angry these new revelations make Kim and Bryant. I was desperate to know who was behind the killings and, as per usual, I was rooting for Kim and Bryant to catch them.

Each book always brings something new to this series and Angela Marsons always, expertly, manages to keep things feeling fresh. I will never stop reading the Kim Stone novels. Hidden Scars is another brilliant read from Angela Marsons and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Kim next.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 9th November 2022

Print length: 356 pages

Hidden Scars is available to buy:

Amazon UK

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