Dead Memories by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @Bookouture #review #BooksOnTour

Today it is my great pleasure to be taking part in the blog/book tour for the latest Kim Stone thriller from Angela Marsons, Dead Memories. Firstly, I need to say happy publication day to Angela Marsons and congratulations on yet another fantastic read. A big thank you also goes to Bookouture for providing an advance copy of the book for review. Here is what it’s all about.

The Bookish Bits

She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

Available from: Amazon | Google Play Books | Kobo | iBooks

My Thoughts

I think this is possibly the book which has finally done it. Broken my ability to write a review. I mean, how many ways are there to say how fabulous a series this is? How many superlatives can you use before you start sounding like a stuck record? I’ll be honest – it’s becoming harder and harder to find something original to say because this series just keeps getting better.

Now – and I say this with the best of intentions – if you have not read any of the books in the series before, then this is not the place to start. It would be absolutely impossible to read the book without reading spoilers for all that has come before. If you don’t mind that and just want to get a flavour of what the series is all about then read away, but know that when you go back, you’ll know whodunnit and for the joy of the journey of discovery you have yet to go on that would be a damned shame. If you are already a fan, read on and marvel as this book will make you glow with a knowing smile, as you drift back to memories of cases past …

In this book, someone is going to great pains, and deriving great pleasure it seems, from creating little tableaus of events from Kim’s life. That would be nice if it was all Hallmark card moments, and this was a collection of fun and fluffy pictures and happy memories. As fans of Kim know, her life hasn’t been full of shiny, happy people and these are not beautifully crafted découpage pictures. These tableaus feature bodies. Lots and lots of bodies … But just who could be trying to unsettle Kim so badly and why?

Well … this is book ten. She has amassed a lot of enemies – and that’s just in the cases we know about. This investigation will see Kim and the Team come face to face with a lot of familiar names, any one of which could have reason to want to see Kim Stone fall …

And by god, does that lead us through a fantastically fraught, often emotional and thoroughly tense thrill ride of a read that will see fans clapping their hands in glee, and more than a few folk staggering into work bleary eyed as this is most definitely a sleep stealer that will have you reading late into the night. At least this book is released on a Friday so a good number of people will have a nice long weekend to savour it (sorry to those who have to work Saturdays and Sundays …)

I love the characters in this series and they are all on top form once again. Angela Marsons has a fantastic way of making you care about the people you are reading about, of creating a true emotional pull, even when dealing with the more ‘disposable’ characters. And when it comes to the ‘villains’ they go way beyond caricatures of bad guys. There is real depth to their portrayal too, be it in terms of intelligence, pure hatred or sly cunning. They feel authentic – very real – so much so that some will make your skin crawl while others will have you lamenting, and yet still understanding why, the simple fact of their incarceration.

And as for the ending – tense, breath-catching stuff. All action, all marvel, all typical Angela Marsons’ styling, as she takes the reader to the edge of their seat and holds them there in a very uncomfortable position. Not for too long, the action is too fast paced for that, but long enough to make your legs ache and your pulse race. It’s not the first time I’ve felt my heart in my throat and doubtless it won’t be the last. From the gripping opening to the highly dramatic closing scenes, the story will have readers completely drawn in. You can feel every moment of pressure mounting on Kim and the team to solve the murders, and the personal guilt and anxiety that Kim feels in having her traumatic past revisited as she is left completely exposed. Loved it.

And dare I even say, I think I love Penn too?

Does this sound like my other reviews of the Kim Stone series? I don’t know. I’ve given up trying to be original. I think all of my reviews moving forward are just going to be very simple and straightforward.

Just bloody read it – you know you want to.

And yes – it’s got one of these too …

About the Author

Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

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