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?
Like the rest of the fabulous DI Kim Stone series, Dead Souls is a gripping, fast-paced thriller that kept me captivated from start to finish.
The book kicks off with quite a disturbing scene. After writing a letter to his mother, a teenage boy commits suicide. From his words, it's evident he's done something terribly wrong for which he feels guilty, but what? Why does he say that he's become a monster?
In the meantime, human bones are accidentally unearthed in a field. Kim Stone rushes to investigate but there she locks horns with her arch nemesis, DI Tom Travis of West Mercia police. Owned by the wealthy Preece family, the patch of land where the bones are found lies directly on the border between the two police jurisdictions. So who has the right to take on the case? Eventually, it's decided to go for a joint investigation between the two forces. Kim is ordered and forced to work with Travis and his West Mercia team on the case. Her own team will be left out. Whose bones have been uncovered? Who buried them there? How long have they been there? These and many other questions invade Kim's mind. I was curious to see how Kim would manage in a situation where she's not allowed to have the last word.
While Kim is working on the bones' case, her team back at Halesowen police station is investigating a string of vicious hate crimes. It was interesting to see how the dynamics between Kim's team members would change in her absence. How they would manage without her. How they would interact with each other and work together without a leader. Why is Kim being pestered by her sense of foreboding? What's it trying to tell her? Nothing could have prepared her for what was about to happen.
While Bryant and Dawson take charge of these cases, Stacey seems to become obsessed with the teenager's suicide. But why? That case is closed as far as the police is concerned, so why can't she seem able to get over it? What's bothering her? In this book we learn much more about this brilliant police officer as she takes a central role.
The Kim Stone series just seems to be getting better and better and with every book I read I find myself caring more and more for Kim and her team members. Over time she has undoubtedly become my most favourite fictional character and I feel like I can never have enough of her and her feisty character.
Angela Marsons never disappoints and once again with Dead Souls she has awarded us with a breathtaking, roller-coaster ride, this time skilfully tackling hate crimes like racism and homophobia. As per the other books, the author draws the reader into the story right from the very beginning. Her brilliant writing kept me pinned to my kindle throughout.
Great realistic characters, believable dialogue and storylines, ongoing tension and laugh out loud moments thrown in from time to time to ease the tension, together with short chapters, many of which ending in cliffhangers, are just some of the elements that make this book so interesting and intriguing. Once I started reading it I couldn't stop and when I came to the last part my heart was literally in my mouth with apprehension. I was so engrossed by the story that I found myself looking behind my shoulder numerous times.
Dead Souls is yet another fantastic addition to the series. If you're in for a boost of excitement and a nail-biting thriller, then I highly recommend you this book. Though sixth in the series, it can be read as a standalone.
With thanks to Bookouture for approving my request to read and review this book through NetGalley.
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.