*Blog Tour* Evil Games by Angela Marsons

Hi everyone,

Absolutely thrilled to be on the blog tour for Evil Games by Angela Marsons today and I have a fab guest post for you all! First though, here’s all the bookish info you need:

About the book:

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.

Out on Jan 27th and published by Bonnier Zaffre, click HERE to get your copy!

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About the author:

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador 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 (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

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And now, read on for Angie’s brilliant guest post…

Writing about a Sociopath

 

I have always been intrigued by the sociopathic personality and their ability to hide in plain sight.  The Sociopath is charming and clever and unencumbered by the ties of human relationships.  It is difficult for normal emotionally driven people to imagine being able to act and behave any way or do anything without the fear of remorse or guilt.

 

When Evil Games was first submitted to publishers it was rejected primarily because the character of Alex was deemed ‘not believable’ and I was asked to soften her up, give her a weakness, a vulnerability.  I had to refuse as this was my whole point of writing the book and my wish to represent a sociopath factually.  

 

It is true that not all sociopaths are murderers but they all want what they want.  If a sociopath wants the sandwich you’re eating they will care nothing for simply taking it from you.  It is what they want and see no reason why they shouldn’t take it.

 

My favourite scenario that demonstrates the true nature of a sociopath is this.  Imagine looking in your purse and having only enough money for a morning coffee or your child’s lunch at school.  A sociopath will choose the coffee.  When questioned later the sociopath will apologise profusely claiming that tiredness, stress, forgetfulness was the reason for the oversight.  A true sociopath would be able to induce sympathy for their plight because as normal people, we would find the idea of it being a deliberate act completely intolerable and would therefore make excuses.  ‘She couldn’t have chosen coffee over her child’s lunch’. ‘It must have been a mistake’.  This is the reason sociopaths move unnoticed amongst us.

 

An intriguing misconception is that sociopaths want to ‘get better’. But they are not ill.  Sociopathy is not a mental illness and can not be treated.  A conscience can’t be taught or surgically attached.  Additionally, sociopaths don’t feel at a disadvantage by being free of human connections and bonds.  They have no frame of reference.  It is like trying to explain the colour of the sky to someone who has never had the gift of sight.

 

I deliberately chose the sociopath in Evil Games to be a woman as this goes against every preconception we have of loving and nurturing and yet there is no evidence to suggest there are less female sociopaths than male.

 

In Evil Games I was eager to explore the relationship between Alex and Kim.  Both strong and intelligent women who can not help but be fascinated by each other.  I wanted a real psychological cat and mouse game where each is constantly trying to outwit the other.  The scenes between the two of them were amongst my favourite scenes to write as I often had no idea how they would go.

 

I have received more messages about Alex than any other character except for Kim.  People are both repelled and fascinated by her at the same time.  And as her creator I am no different to anyone else.


Huge thanks, as always, to Angela for this fascinating guest post!

Make sure to keep up with the blog tour:

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Silent Scream by Angela Marsons *Blog Tour*

 

Today, I’m thrilled to be opening the Silent Scream blog tour for the absolutely wonderful Angela Marsons. I’m lucky to have a fab guest post from the lovely lady herself so read on to find out more.

About the book:

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?

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About the author:

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador 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 (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

Guest post:

Silent Scream – From Conception to Birth

 

    Silent Scream is the book I thought I could never write.

    I began writing as a child after discovering a love of words and the power of painting a picture without a paintbrush.  I loved reading but I wanted to make up those stories that caused people to laugh, cry, feel.

    My first novels were character driven stories that burned inside me and focussed on complex relationships and internal battles.  

    Crime stories had always been my reading book of choice but I never thought I could write a crime book.  The very idea of the plotting and planning required reduced me to a quivering mess.

    While I was writing my earlier books a voice began to sound in my head of a character that was quite brusque and rude but passionate and driven.  I liked the sound of this character but felt that other people may not.

    I read lots of ‘how to’ writing books and a few ‘how to’ get published books and tried to follow every instruction.  Rejection after rejection landed on my doormat until I could take the sympathetic look of the postman no more.

    Finally, I decided to write the book I wanted to write.  I allowed this stubborn, unsociable voice in my head to take control of the pencil and I began work on a crime novel.

    As a child I remembered being intrigued by a local Children’s Home.  The general consensus around school was that the occupants of the facility were all there because they had done something bad.  I never quite believed that and often found myself wondering about the circumstances that would have led to young children and teenagers being separated from their families.

    This was the subject I decided to explore in Silent Scream.

    As I began the process of writing the story I had planned very little and fully expected to hit a wall around 20,000 words.  The aim was to prove to myself that I had at least tried.  All I knew was that I wanted to give this errant character a voice and to base the story in my own area of the Black Country.  As it was a book I was writing just for me I felt I had the freedom to do exactly that.

    I set off on the journey with a loose beginning, a vague middle and a dodgy end.  I had no worries about the end as I never truly thought I would make it that far.

    It was around the 20,000 word point that my pencil just developed a life of its own.  The story became clear in my mind, the characters began to jump out at me and I couldn’t stop scribbling.  I would rise early every morning to get a couple of hours in before going to work and then I would head straight back to it once I returned home.

    A month later I looked up from my dining table to find that I actually had a first draft of a crime novel.

    I learned a lot on that journey but nothing more so than the fact that I finally knew the type of books I wanted to write.

 


Huge thanks to Angela for joining me today! 🙂

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Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

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) 

Silent Scream: 

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?
Evil Games: 

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.

Lost Girls:

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?

My thoughts:

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 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 12

A book you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t…

I’m going to tweak this slightly to series as opposed to book!

While I’ve had loads of books on my TBR for quite some time, there are some on there that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, and others that I’ve been saving to read one after another!

The first books are by Sarah Hilary and focus on DI Marnie Rome:

  
These have been on my TBR for quite some time and I’ve read the reviews and I keep thinking I must read them soon. Alas, I haven’t gotten to them yet! But I will!!!! 😊
Next up is the lovely Angela Marsons and her 3 books featuring DI Kim Stone:


  
I have Angela’s 3 books on my Hello November TBR post which you can read here. I had planned on getting to them during Bookouture Thriller week but the time ran away with me, I’ll still get them read this month!

I’ve been saving these five books because I want to savour them as I read them! I sound like a crazy book lady!

I am, and I’m damn proud of it! 😊