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, upstanding 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.
A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first minute to the final, dramatic twist.
©2016 Angela Marsons (P)2016 Bookouture
As a new reader of Angela Marsons books, I am now absolutely hooked. Have now read all five in this series and am now so disappointed that the journey, for the moment, is over. This series has exceeded all of my expectations and more, and I so look forward to book 6, with anticipation. I would also like to share high praise indeed, for the narrator Jan Cramer. Her understanding of the content kept me riveted from beginning to the very end. Congratulations Angela and Jan!!!
Really warming to all the characters in these books. Even the unlikable, malevolent ones. These thrillers are really challenging, rarely do all the bits fit together easily so you don't get bored. A really good read, and good narration - I do sort of half and half read and listen.
Great narration by Jan Cramer - she portrays the character of Kim Stone character really well and brings her relationship with Bryant to life. Of course the narration only brings ot the fabulous story of Blood Lines, its another gripping, page turning addition to Angie's fantastic Kim Stone series.
I find them very similare to Robert Bryndza's Erica Foster character - which of course is another fantastic series of books!!
They are all great characters, Jan really brings them to life, but i especially enjoy the relationships between Stone, Bryant, Stacey and Dawson, they have such chemistry in the books and the way jan Cramer narrates really puts a smile on my face and a tear to my eye.
The camaraderie between Bryant and Kim is fantastic. i dont want to spoil the book, but the scene with Leo & Kim is brilliantly portrayed.
Another cracker from Angie!!! I can't wait to read the next exciting, gripping, 'unputdownable' installment!
I loved this one as much as the rest of the Detective Kim books. And with my favourite villain Dr Alexandra Thorne making a reappearence, I was extra hooked. Eagerly awaiting the next installment. I love how Angela Marsens develops her characters, especially Kim Stone.
Great pace to the book enjoyed the development of the characters from previous books. The interaction between the characters are good and the provides a good backdrop to the book
Before I begin this review, I want to suggest highly to anyone reading this review that if you have not read any of these series, to start at the beginning. Angela Marsons develops DCI Kim Stone and her supporting characters throughout the series. To start anywhere else would deprive you of this development and leave you wanting. Now for my review:
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series of novels! Angela Marsons has done an excellent job developing Detective Kim Stone's character and her supporting characters. The storylines have always kept me virtually on the edge of my seat. Once I start a novel, I am hard put to set it down. Thank heavens for the Audible version that has allowed me to go about my household work and continually listen!
I hope that this series has not ended and we will continue to enjoy DCI Kim Stone solving complex crimes.
"Dr Alex is back!"
Book 2 was my fave out of this series this book comes in close. Good job Angela Marsons I look forward to the next book!
"Another Solid Hit!"
I really do like these characters. I have a clear image of each that has not been contradicted in any of the novels in this series. I like that kind of consistency. The narrator I think goes a little too far in making Kim sound extra tough. There's a difference between firmness and bullying. Kim has the respect of her team; she doesn't have to be a bully to be effective. I hope the narrator will take the edge off that voice in the future.
"First Kim Stone book I couldn't finish"
This story was quite boring.
Huge fan of Angela Dawson but this fell short!
Hopefully the next is much better.
this is the best book in the series! fast paced with twists and turns! cant wait until the next one:)
"I've read all five and highly recommend!"
I've loved all five DI Kim Stone killer thrillers. The last released on Audible October 2016 and I sincerely hope Ms. Marsons will continue the series. I also sincerely hope Jan Cramer will continue to narrate because she is exceptional.
"Redundant in parts"
I've now listened to all the books in the series. This book is not as good as the first four. It's great when the action is fast paced but pretty boring and repetitive on the Alex Thorne psycho babble portions. The character was interesting in Evil Games but just tedious in Blood Lines - just implausible sub plots. I continue to enjoy the Kim Stone character and her team though and look forward to the next in the series. Leave Alex Thorne in jail though. 😄
"Stop the series at Book 4"
Books 1 through 4 of this series all managed to have a different story and tone. Book 5 is not as original; in fact, one of the most exaggerated fictional sociopaths in Book 4 shows up again in Book 5 without welcome to the heroine or the reader. I wanted to return this book (I couldn't even finish it), but I would not have been given the opportunity to write a review.
"I want to start listening all over"
1st book started off fast and Kim sounded like she would be a tyrant. slowed down enough to get a better feel for the characters and then the story took off. loved how all books kept same characters which grew in eac chapter. plots were great for all 5 books. hope its not the last we read about kim stone
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Wow. I am so surprised to see all the good reviews. I found this book to be so bad I barely made it through to the end. In fact, I just kept at it to see if I might be mistaken about it, but my initial impression carried through to the end.
If I had to choose three words to describe this book, they would be: lazy, cliched and predictable. Am I the only person who is sick to death of psychopathic/sociopathic masterminds who love to engage the amazing detective hero of the series in a never ending game of cat and mouse?! It's ludicrous and, at this point, just boring.
The other story running in this book is also boring and poorly developed and, to quote my students, lame. Also, Kim, the main character, is too stiff and, while elements of her personal story did unfold, they did so without managing to engage me at all. It's all predictable and lacks depth or complexity. The characters are like cookie cutouts that we have all seen a thousand times.
Contrived. So, three words to describe it. Lazy. Cliched. Predictable. Contrived.
I like Bryant. That's all I've got for positives...
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