Cover Reveal Dead Memories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #KimStone #DeadMemories

Do I have an exciting cover reveal for you this afternoon. This is a series that I have long been a fan of and for me the Kim Stone books just keep getting better and better. If you haven’t discovered Angela Marsons Detective Kim Stone series which began with Silent Scream then you really don’t know what you’re missing out on.

Today it is my absolute pleasure to be able to share with you the cover for the latest book in the series Dead Memories but before I reveal the cover let’s look at what the book is about.

 

She ruined their lives.  Now they’re going to destroy hers.  

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life.  They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death.  Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator.  The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible.  Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent.  But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

 

Doesn’t that sound exciting? So of course, you now want to see the cover. Can I have a drum roll please . . .

 

 

 

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So here we are. DI Kim Stone Book Ten!

Wow. I really can’t wait to read this one. Let me know in the comments what you think of the cover.

 

Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons Book Review @WriteAngie @bookouture

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the ninth book in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons, Fatal Promise, which is released today. Happy publication day, Angela. After the ending of the previous book I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters, so I bumped this book right to the top of my reading pile, and it didn’t disappoint.

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Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet. 

MY THOUGHTS

After finishing the last book in the Kim Stone series, Dying Truth, many readers, myself included, were really concerned for Kim and the rest of her team, after the devastating events in the finale of the last book. If you are new to the Kim Stone series, I think it will really help to read the previous book before you pick up Fatal Promise. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers if you haven’t read the last book. Although the mystery at the core of the latest book is separate to events that have preceded, I think you will get a better understanding of the characters and the predicament that they are now in if you read Dying Truth first.

This is a novel with a strong emotional core. Angela Marsons really delves into the psychology of her characters in her books. Kim is a character we have grown to understand across the series, but Angela is now starting to explore other characters she is now bringing to the front. Stacey is one character in particular who we have seen develop more recently. But also we are still finding out more about Kim which is what makes her a fascinating character. Understanding the minds of her characters is something that Angela really succeeds at. Every time I finish her latest book, even months later, I am always wondering what they are doing now and how they are getting on in their lives. I think this is what has made this series really successful.

In Fatal Promise, Kim and her team are investigating the horrendous death of Dr Cordell, a slippery character from the last book who really got under Kim’s skin. It appears to Kim that events that took place previously might be about to escalate again and this puts the team on edge. The opening chapter of this book really sparks the intrigue, and it got me thinking. With each twist and turn that this book delivered I kept thinking back to that opening and wondering what it meant. Angela always does a great job at keeping up the suspense. And those final chapters had my heart racing.

I think what came as most surprising in this book was the slight change in Kim’s personality. She is showing a different side to the person who we have got to know over the series, and for me, it did give this book a darker tone. She has become a lot spikier. Usually, I can rely on Kim and her colleague Bryant to add some light hearted moments, but this wasn’t there very often this time. But I can see why perhaps this is the case in this book, and I am hoping that the team will soon reach a new element of normality.

I always say that this is a series that keeps going from strength to strength and for me it is still going strong. I think we still have a lot to learn about Kim and the rest of the team and I can’t wait to see where Angela will take them from here. Fatal Promise like the rest of the books in the series is a stonking good read. Five stars from me.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 19th October 2018

Print length: 409 pages

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Dying Truth by Angela Marsons Blog Tour #bookreview @WriteAngie @bookouture

Dying Truth: A completely gripping crime thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 8) by [Marsons, Angela]

Source: Netgalley

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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.

MY THOUGHTS

This is one of the hardest reviews that I have had to write recently. Not because I didn’t enjoy the book, far from it, but I was just left in awe of Angela Marson’s talent. After finishing the latest book in the Kim Stone series, I felt that whatever I wrote couldn’t do the book justice. Prepare yourselves fellow readers; if you’re a fan of these books, this is going to be a tough read, it will leave you reeling.

Kim Stone is responding to a call after reports that a young girl is on the roof of a school nearby threatening to jump. But by the time Kim arrives at the scene to try and take control of the situation and save the young girl’s life, the girl is already dead. As Kim tries to work out the facts, she comes to the startling conclusion that the girl may have been murdered. But she has to fight to be granted permission to investigate the case as the force is keen to brush it under the carpet as a tragic suicide. As Kim’s investigation into the young girl’s death deepens, she uncovers evidence that it may be linked to exclusive clubs within the school. As the body count rises and other student’s lives are put at risk, she makes it her mission to stamp out whatever it is that is going on.

One character who I think particularly shone in this book was Kev Dawson. We learn a lot more about Dawson’s history in this book and as the team continues to investigate what is going on at the school, a bond forms between him and a student there, Geoffrey. Geoffrey reminds Dawson very much of how he was when he was Geoffrey’s age. Dawson’s character development in this book was one of the most interesting aspects to explore, and it was something that I wasn’t expecting from him.

Whenever I read a new Angela Marson’s book, it always reminds me how much I love Kim Stone as a character. She is a detective who will root for you no matter your background. This is portrayed early on in the book when there is little determination from her team to investigate the death of the young girl, but Kim is determined to fight her corner, and she is quick to remind her team of their duties.

This is another excellent addition to this series. It is a tense read that will keep you guessing, and it will keep your eyes glued to the page. Dying Truth is another top read from Angela Marsons.

Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the advance reading copy and to Kim Nash for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 18th May 2018

Print length: 399 pages

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Dying Truth by Angela Marsons extract @WriteAngie @bookouture

I’m really excited to be able to share with you the opening of Angela Marson’s new novel, Dying Truth which is book number eight in the Detective Inspector Kim Stone series. With thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

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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.

 

EXTRACT

 

Prologue

Saturday 7.52 p.m.

Kim knew that her left leg was broken.

She pulled herself along the path on her hands as the stone bit into her palms, shards of gravel embedding beneath her fingernails.

A cry escaped her lips as her ankle turned and pain shot around her body.

Sweat beads were forming on her forehead as the agony intensified.

Finally, she saw the light from the building as three familiar shapes hurtled out of the doorway.

All three of them headed towards the bell tower.

‘Nooo…’ she cried, as loudly as she could.

No one turned.

Don’t go up there, she willed silently, trying to pull herself towards them.

‘Stop,’ she shouted out as they entered the metal doorway at the base of the tower.

Kim tried to still the panic as they disappeared from view.

‘Damn it,’ she screamed with frustration, unable to reach them in time.

She gathered all her strength and pushed herself up to a standing position, trying to drag her broken leg behind her as though it didn’t exist.

Two steps forward and the pain radiated through her body like a tidal wave and brought her back down to the ground. She gagged as the nausea rose from her stomach and her head began to swim.

She shouted again but the figures had disappeared from view and were now in the belly of the tower, behind solid brick, mounting the stone steps to the top.

‘Please, someone help,’ she screamed, but there was no one to hear. She was a good eighty metres away from the school, and she had never felt so helpless in her life.

She glanced at her wrist and saw that it was three minutes to eight.

The bell was due to be rung bang on the hour.

The fear started in the pit of her stomach and grew like a cloud to fill her entire body.

She struggled forward another agonising step, dragging her useless leg behind her.

Torchlight illuminated the top of the tower.

Damn it, they were already there.

‘Stop,’ she cried again, praying that one of them would hear her even though she knew her voice wouldn’t carry that distance.

The shafts of light moved furtively around the tower balcony ninety feet up in the air.

She saw a fourth figure amongst the three that were familiar to her.

The watch on her wrist vibrated the top of the hour. The bell didn’t ring.

Please God, let them get down.

Her prayer was cut off as she heard a loud scream.

Two people were hanging from the bell rope, swinging back and forth, in and out of the torchlight that darted around the small space.

Kim squinted, trying to identify the two silhouettes, but they were too far away.

She tried to regulate her breathing in order to shout again, even though she knew no kind of warning would help them now.

Her worst fears had been realised.

‘Please, please…’ Kim whispered as she saw the bell rope swing back and forth once more.

One figure was snatched from the bell rope as the second continued to swing.

‘No,’ Kim screamed, trying to carry herself forward towards them.

The fear inside had turned ice cold, freezing her solid.

For a few seconds time stood still. The saliva in her mouth had gone leaving her unable to speak or shout.

Kim felt the ache that started in her heart when the remaining figure and the swinging bell rope disappeared from view.

Her ears suddenly filled with a blood-curdling, tortured scream.

But no one else was around.

The scream came from her.

 

Woah, that has given me chills. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. And if you’re hungry to read it as well, you can pre-order the book by clicking the link below, it will automatically be delivered to your Kindle on publication day which is the 18th May 2018.

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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons Book Review @WriteAngie @bookouture

Broken Bones: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 7) by [Marsons, Angela]

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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.

MY THOUGHTS

It’s hard to believe that we are on book number seven in the Kim Stone series, where has the time gone? It certainly doesn’t feel that long ago when I first read Silent Scream and was introduced to the brilliant Kim Stone. Angela Marsons once again continues to prove that she is one of the best crime writers in the business, at the end of each instalment I’m always left hungry for more.

In the run-up to Christmas, Kim and her team are left bewildered when a baby is left on the doorstep of the police station. An investigation begins to track down the baby’s mother, but this quickly becomes complicated. Meanwhile, Kim and Bryant are called away from the investigation when the body of a young prostitute is discovered. But as their investigation progresses, more dead bodies begin to turn up and Kim and her team realise that this is the work of a twisted individual.

Angela Marsons grabbed me from the start with Broken Bones, and this has been the same with all of her books. She opens the novel with a tense, startling prologue which sets the tone for the rest of the book. In the latest instalment, Angela explores the dark side of humanity as she takes the reader into the terrifying world of prostitution and human trafficking. What I really like about Angela’s writing is her ability to make each theme feel fresh, some of the themes have been explored before in crime fiction, but Angela has always had the skill to write about them in a new way and make it feel fresh. As the reader, she really made me care for the victims in the book, and that’s what I’m always looking for when I read a book; I want to be able to discuss it with a friend and persuade them to read it as well. This is where Angela always succeeds.

So if you haven’t discovered the Kim Stone series yet, firstly, where have you been? But secondly, I implore you to read them all, in each book Angela gives us something new, and she will always leave you wanting more. I for one can’t wait to read her next book.

I received an advance readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 374 pages

Print length: 374 pages

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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons Extract

I’m absolutely delighted be able to bring you the opening extract from Angela Marsons latest novel in the DI Kim Stone series, Broken Bones. This is an absolutely terrific series which I can’t get enough of. But first, before I share the prologue, let’s have a look at what the novel is about.
Broken Bones: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 7) by [Marsons, Angela]
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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 three more sex workers in the Black Country 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 at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.

When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from her own past come to light.

As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?

PROLOGUE

Black Country: Christmas Day

Lauren Goddard sat on the roof of the thirteen-storey block of flats. The winter sun shone a grid onto her bare feet dangling over the edge. The cold breeze nipped at her wiggling toes.

The protective grate had been erected some years ago after a father of seven had thrown himself over. By the time she was eleven she had stolen a pair of wire cutters from the pound shop and fashioned herself an access point to the narrow ledge that was her place of reflection. From this vantage point she could look to the beauty of the Clent Hills in the distance, block out the dank, grubby reality of below.

Hollytree was the place you were sent if Hell was having a spring clean. Problem families from the entire West Midlands were evicted from other estates and housed in Hollytree. It was displacement capital. Communities around the borough breathed sighs of relief as families were evicted. No one cared where they went. It was enough that they were gone and one more ingredient was added to the melting pot.

There was a clear perimeter around the estate over which the police rarely crossed. It was a place where the rapists, child molesters, thieves and ASBO families were put together in one major arena. And then guarded by police from the outside.

But today a peace settled around the estate, giving the illusion that the normal activities of robbing, raping and molesting were on pause because it was Christmas Day. That was bollocks. It was all still going on but to the backdrop of the Queen’s Speech.

Her mother was still slurring her way around the cheerless flat with a glass of gin in her hand. Her one concession to the event was the line of tinsel wrapped haphazardly around her neck as she stumbled from the living room to the kitchen for a refill.

Lauren didn’t expect a present or a card any more. She had once mentioned the excitement of her friends. How they had enjoyed presents, laughter, a roast dinner, a chocolate-filled stocking.

Her mother had laughed and asked if that was the kind of Christmas she wanted.

Lauren had innocently nodded yes.

The woman had clicked the television to the Hallmark Channel and told her to ‘fill her boots’.

Christmas meant nothing to Lauren. But at least she had this. Her one piece of Heaven. Always her safe place. Her escape.

She had disappeared unnoticed up here when she was seven years old and her mother had been falling all over the flat pissed as a fart.

How lucky was she to have been the only one of the four kids her mother had been allowed to keep?

She had escaped up here when her mother’s drinking partner, Roddy, had started pawing at her groin and slobbering into her hair. Her mother had pulled him off, angrily, shouting something about ruining her retirement plan.

She hadn’t understood it when she was nine years old but she had come to understand it now.

She had cried up here on her sixteenth birthday when her mother had introduced her to the family business and to their pimp, Kai Lord.

She’d been up here two months earlier when he had finally found her.

And she’d been up here when she’d told him to fuck right off.

She didn’t want to be saved. It was too late.

Sixteen years of age and already it was too damn late.

Many times she had fantasised about how it would feel to lurch forward onto the wind. She had envisioned herself floating to and fro, gently making the journey like a stray pigeon feather all the way to the ground. Had imagined the feeling of weightlessness of both her body and her mind.

Lauren took a deep breath and exhaled. In just a few minutes it would be time to go to work. Heavy rain, sleet, snow, Christmas – nothing kept the punters away. Trade might be slow but it would still be there. It always was.

She didn’t hear the roof door open or the footsteps that slowly strode towards her.

She didn’t see the hand that pushed her forward.

She only saw the ground as it hurtled towards her.

This is a series of books that you really need to get reading if you haven’t started them already. And if you’re already a big Kim Stone fan, you can order Broken Bones by clicking on one of the following links below. I have no doubt whatsoever that it is going to be a bestseller.

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Dead Souls by Angela Marsons Book Review

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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.

MY THOUGHTS

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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