Author : Angela Marsons
Title : Broken Bones
Series : DI Kim Stone #7
Pages : 374
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : November 3, 2017
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 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 looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.
The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
My thoughts? Hahaha! If only. I’m all discombobulated and in need of a stiff drink or two. Good grief.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I read the previous books in this series in rather quick succession as a bit of a challenge and I just completely fell in love. This is one of my most favourite detective series and I can’t believe we’re already at book seven! What’s more, Angela Marsons shows no signs of slowing down and continues to deliver to the most remarkable standard. Both she and Kim Stone are still kicking some serious … behinds and taking numbers.
There’s so much going on in this story. A young prostitute is found dead and a tiny baby is found outside the police station. The team is split up as Kim and Bryant investigate the case of the prostitute and Stacey and Kev try to find the mother of the abandoned baby. What follows is one heck of a rollercoaster ride of emotions. I went from horror to anger to having a lump in my throat as these investigations lead to such heartbreaking and sadly all too realistic scenarios like grooming, entrapment, prostitution and modern slavery.
Utterly gripping and compelling, taut with suspense and with various threads to keep me hooked, Broken Bones kept me on the edge of my sofa. This series has some brilliant character development and I couldn’t possibly love this team and its camaraderie any more than I already do. No spoilers obviously, but I had an “aaawww” moment and there were also a few chuckles.
It left my head spinning. I’m exhausted, really I am. My mind is totally blown.
I can’t recommend this series enough. It’s a belter and if you’re into police procedurals and crime fiction, the Kim Stone books most definitely deserve a place on your bookshelf. I’d like some more, please.
Broken Bones will be published on November 3rd and is available for pre-order!