The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 18 – Part 1

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

My day eighteen #bookvent selection is, once again, split into two. And, once again, it is two books – one author. This is another of my all time favourite series of books and although from the same series, the books fall into two very different camps. The first takes us back through every key (and emotional) event in the main character’s life, the second takes us right back to where it all began. I bet there are no surprises as to where I’m going with this now … With a protagonist who is as prickly as she is dedicated, for whom trust is not something that comes or is given easily , and a setting that is very familiar, my first day eighteen bookvent selection is:

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Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

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.

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Oh this book. This again was a very early 2019 read for me but reminded me exactly why I love the Kim Stone series and why Angela Marsons is one of my absolute favourite writers. Everyone who has been with Kim and the team since the beginning will know why this was such a traumatic and emotional investigation for Kim, why each new murder that was discovered resonated and created such turmoil and tension that as a reader I absolutely found myself glued to the page and reading with eyes wide open. Now this is not a book to read if you haven’t read any of the others, not one bit as it is full of massive spoilers for what has gone before, but if you are a follower of Kim and co, by god, it’s a cracker and a half. And not of the Christmas variety. I love the way in which Angela Marsons has created the team, each one unique but each bringing something special to the story meaning that despite this story being predominantly about Kim, it wouldn’t work the same without any of them. There is a real depth to every character, no matter whether good or bad, that elicits an emotional response in the reader. Then add in the brilliant way in which setting is created, in a way that can only be achieved by someone who loves and understands the place they are writing about, and you have a perfect combination. Tense, thrilling and with a breath taking conclusion. this is another brilliant addition to the series.

You can read my full review of Dead Memories right here.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen