Blood Lines Angela Marsons
In Evil Games Angela Marsons introduced us to the brilliant character Dr Alexandra Throne.
In Blood Lines she brings her back.
In my opinion this character is the best nemesis to any character since Hannibal Lecter tormented Clarice Starling in the Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris.
Incarcerated for her part in previous murders Throne starts to manipulate the people around her. She is a vicious sociopath who has only one target. Kim Stone.
Pulling at strings like a master puppeteer she identifies people’s weaknesses and manipulates them to carry out her will. Each action falling into place like jigsaw puzzle bits until the final picture is revealed.
Angela Marsons writes the sections with Alex Throne very cleverly and although it is obvious from the start who her target is, she keeps the reader on the edge of their seat right up till the last page to see if she succeeds.
Meanwhile Kim Stone and her team are faced with several murders in the Black Country. Are the murders unrelated, or is there something which ties them all together.
The first body turns up in a posh car in a layby in a dodgy area, a lady who obviously has money. The second is a drug addict girl found on an urban nature reserve. Surely these people can’t be connected.
Kim is looking into these murders when Dr Alex Throne manipulates circumstances to make Kim visit her.
Kim knows she shouldn’t visit. The the last time the two became involved with each other Alex nearly destroyed Kim. But can Kim resist. Even if she can, is Alex back inside her head.
With the investigations into the murders moving ahead Kim has to deal with issues in her team, and Alex in her head.
With two storylines this book moves along so fast that, even at nearly 350 pages, you will wonder where the time has gone when its finished.
I make no bones of the fact that Angela Marsons is my favourite author at the moment.
The Detective Inspector Kim Stones books are nothing short of brilliant. The reason they are so good is that the storylines, the characters, and the locations are so well research and written.
In Kim Stone Angela Marsons has found a main character that sits alongside all of the best Police Officers in modern fiction.
In Alexandra Throne she has found the best, and most fitting, criminal foil for any Detective since 1991.
In doing so she had written not just a good Police Crime Thriller, but in my opinion the best Psychological Thriller since Silence of the Lambs