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Blood Lines: Volume 5 (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series) by Angela Marsons

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List Price: £8.99

 

Paperback: 386 Pages.

Published: 04 November 2016 by Bookouture

ISBN: 1786810999

EAN: 9781786810991

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

Reviews

5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Very enjoyable read

Many series detectives have their evil nemesis - a villain whose abilities and activities almost stray into unbelievable but who bring out the best in our hero(ine) whilst challenging them hard. For Kim Stone it is Alex Thorne who is a master manipulator and who has been incarcerated for "persuading" others into committing crimes mostly just because she can. To understand the relationship between Alex and Kim it is best to have read previous books in this series but it is not absolutely necessary although if you are familiar with the past it makes a lot of this novel more textured for you.

We see what is happening from a number of points of view including Alex's, Kim's and that of an unknown diarist. There are also other crimes involved which Kim is investigating and her own personal life becomes important to the plot too as Kim has to face her mother. This makes for a fast paced novel with plenty of action and lots of crises. The author moulds it all together into a great read.

The success of this book is the plot and how the characters react to what is happening. The background stuff is interesting as it informs us why Kim is the way she is and what has happened to shape her character but it only adds to the enjoyment of watching the mind games between her and Alex and other protagonists. The ending is very satisfying and if Alex

has achieved a status of master criminal which is perhaps a little unrealistic you can excuse it in how well the book comes together and how much fun it is to read.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

 
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