Yes folks, it’s time for my last #DeadSouls countdown post and this time I’m handing over the blog to my sister Mandie who is going to share her thoughts on Blood Lines, the fifth DI Kim Stone novel by Angela Marsons. Mandie has been pretty nervous about this as we are both big fans of the series and we both know that what ever we write won’t be enough. So… it’s nearly review time in just a moment but first of all, here is what it’s all about.
The Official Book Blurb
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…
This is the fifth outing for DI Kim Stone and her team and once again I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
The book starts with what looks like a case of a robbery gone wrong but you know when DI Stone and her team get involved that it will turn out to be far from simple. Another victim turns up however the only thing that seems to link them is the way in which they were killed. To add to this Kim’s mother is now trying to gain her freedom, as is a face from one of Kim’s previous cases – Dr Alexandra Thorne. The last time these two met it nearly didn’t end well for DI Stone, and even though Alex is behind bars, Kim knows she has to keep her guard up and not let her get inside her head. Alex is a master manipulator and is not to be trusted. The reasons for this become more evident as the story progresses.
In Blood Lines you get to learn a little more about Kim Stone and the events of her past that have shaped the person she is today. Alex Thorne forces her to finally confront her mother, something she has managed to avoid since she was very small and takes her to places in her memories she would rather not visit.
I have to say that I love Kim Stone. Yes she is a bit of a loner in her personal life and she doesn’t really trust anyone, and yes it can be a bit dangerous to be around her, but she also values her team, the strengths they have and the input they can bring to an investigation. She can be a bit sharp when dealing with the public but in Bryant she has the perfect partner and she will often let him handle the softer sides of the investigations and he always seems to manage to calm her down. Her past is the reason why she is so dedicated to her job and always determined to do the best for the victims no matter what danger she finds herself in.
Dawson can be a bit of an idiot at times in an effort to prove he is every bit as good as Bryant. Even when he messes up Kim manages to not totally wipe the floor with him but explain her choices in how the team works in a way that does not make him feel like he is not appreciated.
The fact that the series is set in the Midlands is another tick in the box for me as I can connect with some of the areas that the investigations take the team to. Added to this is the fact that Angela doesn’t shy away the local dialect that would often make me chuckle (probably not always at an appropriate moment in the book – but then again have never been told I have a normal sense of humour)
This is the first book in the series that I would say you need to at least have read Evil Games to understand the dynamic between Kim and Alex however, if I am honest then I think that you would be mad not to start at the beginning and work your way through the entire series as there are little hints to what makes DI Stone tick in every book and Blood Lines brings a lot of this together.
I have to thank (or blame) my sister for introducing me to the world of Kim Stone but I am glad she did. Angela Marsons is one hell of a story teller and each book is better than the one before making them for me compulsive reading (so much so I read her first 4 books in 4 days). I can’t wait to see what Kim and the team have to tackle next and if she has finally laid the ghosts of her past to rest.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the copy of Blood Lines for review. It is available to purchase from the following retailers. To read Jen’s review of Blood Lines, follow the link here.
About the Author
Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy Labrador and potty mouthed parrot.
It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.
You can find details of all of Angela Marsons’ books at her Amazon author page here. The other books in the Kim Stone series are Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls and Play Dead.
Keep an eye out for the Dead Souls blog tour at the end of the month. I can’t believe it’s next week!!!!!