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Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. 'You really should have played with me’, I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her 60s tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college professor of child psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica. 

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades. 

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late? 

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million-copy, number-one best seller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

©2019 Angela Marsons (P)2019 Bookouture

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Astounding 11th book

Every time I read, or listen to, one of Ms Marson's books I am amazed by how each one seems better than the last and this one is no exception, she is a truly talented weaver of tales. Jan Cramer is as excellent as always and this story is a blast, totally recommended to all Angela Marson fans and if you've not read one before, then what's stopping you? Get this one now! It's as good a place to start as any.

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Brilliant

Another great book by Angela, loved the story and the audible reading. Always has good plots.

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wow fantastic

really a gripping book and kept me hooked. I would now like to read others by Angela marsons as this was my first and I was very impressed

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Terrible Naration

I really love reading Angela Marsons and was so looking forward to listening to this book, but I have had to give up at chapter 3. The narrator is dreadful - she sounds as if she is reading to a toddler at bedtime, full of unnecessary high and low dramatic intonations and at a patronising pace - would be far better suited to Jackanory. I tried to go with it but can't, and even my husband, who normally just walks through the room,asked what on earth I was listening to! Will buy the book instead.

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awsom adventure

as usual kim goes out on a limb getting knocked about but chasing down the the bad men. this is certainly one of the best adventures yet .keep them coming Angela.

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Narration not to my taste

I just want to start by saying I am a HUGE Angela Marsons fan and I’ve read all of the previous 10 books on either kindle or paper form ..... and I think that’s the problem. In my head I had such a clear idea of who the characters were and what they sounded like. Listening to the audio book was a huge let down as it didn’t match the images/voices in my head. I ended up sending it back after 4 chapters and downloaded it on kindle instead. I’m sure the story is 5 stars (as always) but I just found the narration awful. We had a few regional accents - not executed particularly well (I’m actually from the Midlands) and why Bryant sounded like he’d walked off the set of Eastenders was a bit baffling! As I’ve said it’s mainly MY problem and maybe if I’d listened to the audiobooks from the get go I wouldn’t have been so disappointed. Maybe just a word of caution for anyone thinking of changing formats when listening to beloved authors.

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Narration terrible

This is so hard to listen to, the narration is unbearable, I was really looking forward to this and I’m sure the story is great but just not sure I can continue listening and I’m only up to chapter 4!.

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Another good book

Wasn't sure at the beginning, but was great once I got into it. Excellent Narrative & very informative book as well as Good story. So pleased about Stacey.

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Excellent

Another excellent read from Angela Marsons. Kim Stone is a great character, I love her acerbic comments. The team are on the trail of a ritualistic killer, plenty of twists and turns, a great read.

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Another great book!

I love this series. I’ve read them all and am now listening to them. The narrator lets it down for me but the stories are great. The narrator has always annoyed me in this series but I still listen as the stories are still gripping and I love the underlying stories behind the crimes Can’t wait to listen to the next! Kind of!!

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  • LoudFire
  • 24-07-19

as always an excellent story with shocking ending

love the author love the narrator. thank you again for an entertaining story. Listen to it in two sittings!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-07-19

Another excellent addition to the Kim Stone series

I love Kim and her crew. I love Angela Marsons’ writing and Jan Cramer’s narration. I look forward to every book in this series. This did not disappoint. The opening murder (yes, there are more than one) is pretty gruesome. Someone is playing a game. What is the murderer’s reason? Who is the murderer? What does he or she have to do with child geniuses? Are the crimes related? Tough tasks for Kim and her team. This book is less on the personal lives of the CID team and more on how they work together. Pen has been recalled to his last post to testify at a trial and newcomer “Tink” joins the crew. Frankly, I didn’t figure out The Who-done-it until the end. That’s a good thing. This is vintage Marsons and I’ve already started awaiting the next in the Kim series.

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  • angela brothers
  • 19-10-20

less interesting that prior novels

I really paid no attention to this one. I just listened to get through. For me it just wasn't all that interesting. but I love the characters and try to go through the list in order to keep up with their personal stories.

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  • Jackie T
  • 20-08-20

Suspenseful

Intriguing and scary at its best. You never know what is going to happen next. The voice of the narrator made you hold your breath.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-20

Slightly different approach - still great

More characters than usual to follow - but both crimes in this book were great to follow and both kept me wanting more!

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  • EQReader
  • 15-05-20

Too many suspects for audio book

This story might have worked fine in written form, but by audio, I would have had to take notes to keep track of the many characters. This author is fond of running two or more story lines at once, and that is about as much challenge for a listener as can be expected. Too bad, because I do like the team of police officers, and the narrator, Jan Cramer, is tops!

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  • Stacy Mccaughn
  • 20-09-19

great

Another great D.I. Kim stone thriller. I Never tired of what will happened next .

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  • Dawn
  • 19-08-19

Another great addition

Angela Marsons has written another great installment in the Detective Kim Stone series. Jan Cramer, as always was excellent. I look forward to the next in series, however the wait will be too long!

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  • Maylife
  • 01-08-19

Love the characters. Always a great story and never disappointed. Love to see the evolution of the relationships.

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  • Sam
  • 31-07-19

Two Caveats, Otherwise Excellent

This, as others, is 2 books in one. It was unnecessary to break Penn off the team. However, the author probably did not have enough book-length otherwise. Also, and this is an unfair criticism, I find the audible edition hard to listen to. I have listened to all 11 in the series in one month. As an American, it sounds to me that the narrator would speak out a string of words with air in her cheeks - mushy sounding. Otherwise a very good story.