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  • Writer's pictureJudith D Collins

Blood Lines

Blood Lines

DI Kim Stone #5

ISBN: 9781786810984

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: 11/4/2016

Format: Other

My Rating: 4 Stars 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. hen 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 page to the final, dramatic twist.

My Review

A special thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Angela Marsons continues with her popular DI Kim Stone series with her fifth installment, BLOOD LINES —emotional filled; motivations behind a crime, its driving forces, and the continuation of the intense journey between Stone and the return of her nemesis, Dr. Alexandra Thorne.

Prologue: Drake Hall Prison, Present Day. Dr. Alexandra Thorne and her cellmate Cassie. Alex blamed many for her life. She resented the fact no one had seen her value in her experiments. Given more time she would have been able to add a significant finding to the mental health community.

A special fascination with DI Stone. She begins writing to Kimmy.

The manipulative evil sociopath we met in Evil Games returns! Kim had survived one battle with the evil Alex, and she was by no means sure she was capable, of doing it again.

Drake Hall provided accommodations for female munitions workers during WWII, then in the 1970s a male prison, and a female prison in the mid-seventies. In March of 2009, it has been designated from semi-open to closed. A pretty, relaxed environment. 345 inmates among the 15 houses.

Alex is controlling even behind bars. She was born without the ability to feel remorse. She could commit any act and feel no guilt. No form of attachment to another living thing. She had selected various patients to partake in her experiments, and they remained blissfully unaware.

Ruth Willis was her first. She had already taken DI Kim Stone to the edge of sanity once, and she was sure she could do it again. This time she knew which buttons to press and how hard. This time she would make no mistakes!

Alex had a way of reeling you in. From her beauty and charm. Ruth had begun to study psychology and manipulation in an effort to learn more about her own weakness and vulnerabilities. She still longed for those days back, even though she knew how evil Alex was.

Kim has to face down her past and at the same time, a web of lies and danger, while putting the pieces of the investigation together. From twists and turns, Kim is front and center.

Thank you, Angela, for continuing this journey with Kim and Alex, showing brilliantly the power of a true sociopath even when confined. Even from prison, Alex manages to affect the lives and control those around her and to filter over to Kim once again.

Also, fans will enjoy the relationship with Kim and her mother (MENTAL) In this jammed packed action suspense thriller. What a relationship! (Chilling and dark secrets). Also fun catching up with our favorite characters.

Cleverly written with a perfect mix of humor, psychological, suspense, and crime thriller--Marsons' continues to keep her fans enthralled with this ongoing exciting series! Looking forward to the next adventurous journey.

In addition to the reading copy, also listened to the audiobook narrated by Jan Cramer.

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Advance Praise

What readers are saying about Angela Marsons

'I absolutely loved it! ... This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! I would seriously put this book in the same league.' Fiona’s Book Reviews

‘I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham… if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back.’Reading Room with a View

‘I'm a little bit speechless to be honest at just how incredible this book was… one of the best new crime authors of 2015, maybe even the decade.’Book Addict Shaun

‘Angela Marsons is fast becoming THE one to watch in this genre and I would defy anyone not to read and enjoy her writing… She truly has a brilliant mind and this book did not disappoint … This story has everything, it is riveting, emotional, sad and most of all it has a depth that not many novels can claim to have… I highly recommend this one, Simply brilliant.’ Postcard Reviews

About the Author

I discovered my love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained me the only merit point I ever got. I wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.

After much urging from my partner I began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries. I self-published two of my earlier works before concentrating on my true passion – Crime. After many, many submissions I signed an 8 book deal with Bookouture as their first crime author.

I live in the Black Country with my partner, our bouncy Labrador and potty-mouthed parrot. My books SILENT SCREAM, EVIL GAMES, LOST GIRLS AND PLAY DEAD are all available from Amazon, Kobo and iBooks. Read More






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