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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Black Country. Human bones are unearthed in the grounds of the derelict children's home of Crestwood. At the same time, people with connections to this home start to drop like flies. But this is no coincidence; someone is desperate to safeguard the secrets of Crestwood at all costs.
What went on at Crestwood all those years ago? Whose bones are buried in that land? Who is murdering these people now and why? Who is next on their list?
DI Kim Stone and her team from West Midlands Police want to find out. Kim is a headstrong detective who doesn’t care of the consequences of her actions and she's hell bent on finding the answers by literally digging deep into the history of Crestwood.
Kim Stone's unbridled personality makes her a unique, loveable character. She’s a brassy woman who never uses handbags and with a passion for motor bikes. To everyone, she's cold, socially inept and emotionless. Her problem: she doesn't know how to play nice. But what no one knows is that Kim's character was morphed by a horrible childhood.
This book is full of suspense, and twists and turns at every corner. It contains some pretty nasty scenes that made me shudder. I found myself biting my nails numerous times. This was however balanced by Kim's sharp tongue and sardonic dialogue that actually made me laugh.
As I was reading, I couldn't work out who the murderer was and any suspicions I had turned out to be wrong by the end. The ending - totally unexpected.
Though this is just the first crime novel written by Angela Marsons, to say that this book is brilliant is an understatement. I now can’t wait to have more of Kim Stone and am really looking forward to reading the second instalment in the series. Highly recommended!!