Author : Angela Marsons
Title : Six Graves
Series : DI Kim Stone #16
Pages : 420
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 12, 2022
| ABOUT THE BOOK |
When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.
The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother. As she begins to untangle the dark web of secrets within the Daynes family, Kim and her team discover Helen had a history of clinical depression. But could it have driven her to murder her loved ones?
| MY THOUGHTS |
Apparently there are people out there who don’t like or see the point of prologues and Angela Marsons is here to prove them wrong in their utter wrongness. Personally, I love them. Especially when it’s one like the one that kickstarts Six Graves because it’s at once jaw-dropping, shocking and upsetting. It might quite possibly make you want to put the book right back down again because you already need a breather after a mere three pages. Or you pull your oxygen tank just that little bit closer, strap yourself in and know for a fact that you will not be moving from your spot until you’ve finished this book because this is edge-of-your-seat stuff, people!
At the scene of a house fire, DI Kim Stone and her team discover the bodies of four family members. Mother, father, a son and a daughter are all found upstairs, where the fire never reached them. All four died of gunshot wounds and the gun is found in the mother’s hand. What would drive a mother to kill her entire family?
Meanwhile, a dangerous psychopath has escaped from prison and he’s coming for DI Kim Stone. Symes is a man with nothing to lose, full of rage directed at Kim for thwarting him and he will stop at nothing to get his revenge. Protection officer Leanne is assigned to keep Kim safe. If you read the previous book in this series, then you know these two do not like each other one little bit. Their interactions infused with a delightful dose of sarcasm definitely provide much needed comic relief and they made me chuckle often.
Much needed, like I said, because let me tell you, Six Graves is brutal and packing punches left, right and centre. Kim is kept far away from the search for Symes and has to focus on the deaths of the Daynes family. She isn’t at all convinced that the mother was responsible for these murders but if not her, then who? I didn’t have a clue, couldn’t figure it out at all but boy is it heartbreaking. It’s most assuredly a huge credit to Marsons’ writing that after all this time (book 16, people!) she still manages to keep me guessing until the end.
That’s not only for that part of the storyline but the other thread that runs through this story as well. We know from previous books in the series that this is an author who absolutely deserves the Meanie McMean moniker, who has zero qualms about putting her characters in danger or even worse (therapy still available). While you obviously constantly wish for the best possible outcome, your palms are sweaty and your heart is thumping to the most ridiculous beat and boy, does that oxygen tank come in handy. As the reader, we too are put through the wringer and I admit I was left feeling drained, emotional and with a massive lump in my throat.
I’ve no idea where things are going to go from here but I’m extremely excited to find out. After sixteen books, Angela Marsons still manages to keep this series fresh. I had a little wobble with the previous book but all has been forgiven! Back to kicking it out of the park and back to very much looking forward to the next instalment. If it could be something mellow, you know, kind of chill, that’d be good 😉.
Six Graves will be published on May 12th and is available for preorder.
My thanks to Bookouture for the advanced review copy, which I received via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.