In the blink of an eye we’re at book 16
You would think that by now the series would be running out of steam, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The prologue hooked me in a way no other start to a book ever has.
In places the story had me holding my breath till I was turning blue.
And the last page left me Gob Smacked and reaching for a glass of Jack Daniels.
A family dead. Mom, Dad, and two children all shot and the mother is still holding the gun.
Surely this is a straight forward murder suicide.
DI Kim Stone’s not sure. As she starts to dig into the family history she starts to uncover secrets. Helen, the mother has history of depression., but is that enough to tip her over the edge.
The team dig deeper and the clues start to surface, but it’s not just clues which are surfacing, so is a face from Kim’s past.
She receives a threat to her life. Typically she shrugs it of but this one’s serious and it has her rattled. Rattled enough to send Barney away on a holiday for his safety.
As she continues to lead the team looking at the death of the family a psychopath that is getting close, metaphorically and physically.
I challenge anybody not to read this in one sitting. It’s a book that brings a new meaning to the word tense, there was no way I could put it down
Angela Marsons has a way of writing that has always engaged with me. One of the things that her writing has is a realism that I can associate with.
It’s not just that her stories are based where I live, it’s not just the fact the characters are so realistic. It’s the empathy I have with Kim Stone.
That empathy really hit home in this book.
In all the crime scenes I attended, in all the fires I investigate, there has only ever been one thing that got to me. It was the normality of the scene. The rooms that hadn’t been affected. The rooms where it looked like the people who lived there were about to walk in and start their day.
In this book Angela Marsons captures that through Kim Stone better than anybody has captured it before.
The bar just got raised again.
Pages: 425. Audio book length: 8:33. Publisher: Bookouture Available now.