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 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 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?
I've just finished reading this book and all I can say is WOW!!! Angela Marsons has done it again! But how does she do it time and time again? We're already at the seventh book in the series now and the author's energy and drive to write high-quality thrillers seem to be as strong as ever. Broken Bones is yet another absolutely gripping thriller that kept me entranced from start to finish.
In this book, DI Kim Stone and her team are on the hunt for a serial killer who has targeted the local prostitutes. This case takes Kim to sniff out the trail of some vile ruthless men. But can she catch the killer before more women are killed? Also Kim finds herself in a very alien situation for her when she finds a baby deposited outside the police station in freezing temperatures. Kim and her team's reaction on the discovery of the baby just made me laugh. But this is serious. Who would abandon their own child like this? Why?
Having been entrusted by Woody to solve the baby case as well as the murders, Kim is provided with a temporary addition to the team. But even so she's desperate to try and solve these cases in the shortest time possible. In their own way, both cases will prove very challenging and will lead Kim and her team inside the dark dangerous world of modern day slavery, human trafficking and illegal immigration.
Wow! Okay, this book made me skip lunch twice - and that's saying something. I found myself deeply engrossed in the story for hours on end swiping the pages and wanting to know what happens next. All chapters are short and many end in cliffhangers leaving me wanting more every time.
The plot is fast-paced and divided into two main sub-plots - one that focuses on Kim and Bryant as they try and solve the prostitute murders, and the other with Stacy and Dawson as they team up to identify the child's mother. Both sub-plots are intricate and full of twists, turns and red herrings that make for a very interesting and engaging read. I certainly wasn't expecting the baby's story to develop the way it does.
Over the years Kim Stone has become my favourite fictional character. She's cheeky, bold, brash and audacious...I just love her! She, Bryant, Dawson and Stacy form a great team. They complement each other perfectly and are all very realistic. As always Kim made me explode with laughter from time to time with her witty retorts and comments.
The author has the knack for sowing doubts in the reader's already suspicious mind. I had some suspects in mind, but couldn't for the life of me decide who was the killer. When the identity was revealed at the end (and oh my! What an ending!) I was stunned! I couldn't have guessed who it was in a hundred years! And this is something I always hope happens in all the books I read. It's so frustrating when I manage to guess correctly the perpetrator's identity early on in a story. But hey, with the brilliant Angela Marsons there's no chance of that ever happening. The final part had my heart racing like an F1 car and at the end everything is wrapped up nicely in a neat little bow. Again the way I like my endings.
In my opinion, the DI Kim Stone series is one of the best (if not THE best!) crime thriller series out there and I highly recommend it. Broken Bones is yet another absolutely brilliant addition to this series and worthy of a whole set of stars from me.
With thanks to the author for writing such a thrilling read and to Bookouture publishers for approving my request for an ARC of this book to read and review.
Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series - Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines and Dead Souls and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever 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 (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 20 languages.
Her last two books - Blood Lines and Dead Souls - reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.