I’ve decided to review these three books together because in the interest of honesty, I loved them all and to review each alone would be like writing the same review 3 times! 😂
About the books: (via Goodreads)
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.
With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.
Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
I’ve had Angela’s books on my TBR since Silent Scream came out and I kept telling myself I’d get to them eventually. I attempted to get to them during Bookouture Thriller week but alas, time was not on my side. I made it my mission to read them this month after doing up a guideline for what books I wanted to read. You can read my Hello November post here.
I started Silent Scream on Nov 17th and worked my way through the three books until I finished Lost Girls on November 22nd. Not too bad, 3 books in 5 days. 😊
I wish I didn’t wait so long to read them, but at the same time I’m glad as I got to read them all in quick succession. I absolutely devoured all three as they were just brilliant!
Angela Marsons has a wonderful way of writing. It draws you into each story and makes you feel like you know these characters. I love that in a book, as it engages you and you want to solve the crimes just as much as DI Stone and her team do.
I’m not going to go into detail with my thoughts on each book. The synopses are above so you have an idea of what each one is about. I will however, talk about my favourite characters.
First up is Kim Stone obvs. Stone is a wonderful example of a woman hardened by past traumatic experiences which make her the strong willed detective that she is. While she may be cold, she is effective and has a heart underneath it all.
Bryant is also a great character. The closest thing to a friend that Stone has, he provides a sounding board for her, along with some light comedic relief at times.
Dr Alex Thorne in Evil Games. One of the most vile, ruthless and emotionally destructive villains I have seen in a long time. Thorne made my blood boil, for so many reasons. I even tweeted Angela saying how much I hated the doc! 😉
Special mention goes to Dougie who is also in Evil Games.
DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WANT SPOILERS!!!! (I warned you… 😂)
I don’t know how to say how great Dougie is without possible spoilers hence the above message just in case I inadvertently reveal anything!
Dougie suffers from severe Autism but there’s just something about him that made him stand out for me. Towards the end of Evil Games, in my mind, Dougie is a hero!
I don’t know what else I can say about Angela’s Kim Stone series other than it’s absolutely fantastic. One of the best series I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait for book 4 to come out! 3 of the easiest 5⭐️ reviews I’ve given on Goodreads this year!
If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?! 😉
Silent Scream Buy Here
Evil Games Buy Here
Lost Girls Buy Here
Happy reading 😊📖