She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.
‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’
On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.
When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known.
Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.
Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?
The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.
In this tenth book in the series, Kim Stone is undoubtedly faced with the toughest case of her career. Some sicko has targeted her personally and seems intent on messing up with her head. A killer is recreating the most traumatic episodes of her life, leaving behind a trail of innocent victims and forcing Kim to relive the most horrific memories of her past. Whoever this is, their motive is to hurt Kim as much as possible and cause her the maximum psychological pain. Kim and her team find themselves on a race against time to solve the puzzle and identify this sick mind before more victims are made.
Due to the particular nature of the case, a temporary addition to the team is imposed upon Kim, a person she doesn't particularly like. This just adds to Kim's increasing frustration as the killer remains elusive. Who is this killer? Who hates her so much as to cause her this much pain? And how does this person know even the minute details surrounding Kim's traumatic childhood events?
The Kim Stone series is my all-time favourite. All books are brilliant, top-notch, with intriguing twisty plots and lifelike interesting characters, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them, but 'Dead Memories' must be among the best as here we have a killer who has identified and targeted Kim's Achille's heel. Will they succeed in breaking her? Kim has no other option but to play along with this individual's sick game.
Once I started reading it, I devoured this book in just a few sittings, and as the author slowly unfurled the intriguing plot, I was kept on my toes and completely immersed in the mystery of who was behind these murders, all the time looking out for the little clues the author plants here and there, trying to guess the killer's identity and following Kim as she tries to solve the puzzle.
The plot's pace is fast and the short-chapter style (my favourite style) makes this an even faster read. Many chapters end in nail-biting cliffhangers, and the many twists and turns and red herrings kept me interested in this very addictive read throughout. By the time I realised that the killer was closing in on Kim, I grew desperate to see if something awful would happen to my favourite detective. After what happened in the eighth book, I now know that I can expect anything from this author. The heart-stopping ending did just that - stopped my heart!!
'Dead Memories' is another absolutely fantastic addition to the series and I highly recommend it. Well done Angela Marsons. You did it again!!
With thanks to Bookouture for an ARC of this book through Netgalley and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 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 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.