The Bookvent Calendar 2019: Day 18 – Part 2

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#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2019

So … my second #bookvent choice of the day is the book that really does start it all – the book that every Kim Stone fan was desperate to read and they didn’t even know it. A prequel! And a secret prequel at that as nobody saw it coming. When I was offered the chance of an early read there was no way I could say no, and I was so proud to be apart of the publication day blitz. Bitter sweet for reasons fans of the series will understand, it’s probably not a surprise to many that my second day eighteen bookvent choice is:

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First Blood by Angela Marsons

In the darkness of a cold December morning, Detective Kim Stone steps through the doors of Halesowen Police Station. She’s about to meet her team for the first time. The victim of her next case is about to meet his killer…

When the body of a young man is found beheaded and staked to the ground in a secluded woodland area of the Clent Hills, Kim and her new squad rush to the crime scene.

Searching the victim’s home, Kim finds a little girl’s bedroom and a hidden laptop, but where is the child? And why does the man’s own sister seem relieved that he’s dead?

As Kim begins to unearth the shocking truth about the victim, a disturbing resemblance is spotted with the recent murder of a man found beneath the staircase of Redland Hall with multiple stab wounds.

Both these men had dark secrets and Kim discovers a link to a women’s shelter. As a child of the care system herself, Kim knows all too well what it means to be vulnerable. Could the shelter be the key to cracking this case?

With the killer about to strike again, Kim is in deep water with a rookie squad. Inexperienced Stacey is showing signs of brilliance but struggling to hold her nerve and, while D.S. Bryant is reliable and calm, D.S. Dawson is a liability. With his home life in pieces, his volatile behaviour is already fracturing her fragile new team.

Can Kim bring Dawson in line and pull her crew together in time to catch the killer before another life is taken? This time, one of her own could be in terrible danger…

Discover where it all began for Kim and her team. An absolutely heart-stopping mystery thriller that will keep you glued to the pages, reading late into the night. Perfect for Kim Stone fans and new readers to the million-copy bestselling series.

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This book is class. Pure and simple. If you ever wanted to know how Kim Stone came to find herself in charge of a Major Investigation Team in Halesowen and how the strange team of Kim, Bryant, Dawson and Stacey came into being then this is the book for you. On the face of it, and when we first meet them all, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this team should not, and cannot, work. You have Kim – socially inept and well beyond the point of caring that she is seen as abrupt or fierce as long as the job gets done. There’s Bryant – as laid back and agreeable as they come but even his patience is tested by his new DI. Kev Dawson – An ambitious DS with all the talk but the inability to back it up with actual action (if there is a corner to cut to get to a result, he’ll find it). Then there is Stacey – brand new to plain clothes, squeamish, lacking in confidence, but as skilled around the computer side of the job as Kim could ever hope to have in her team. They lack fluidity in this early part of their careers, lack the camaraderie that we are perhaps used to seeing, but you can still see the start of something pretty special, even if we are reminded what an idiot Kev was in the early days … Now this is quite a brutal case so readers should prepare themselves for what it entails. What you are assured of when you pick the book up – as is always the case with this series – is a well paced, high tension, thrilling investigation that will keep you glued to the action right to the very last page. DO NOT read this book if you haven’t at the very least read Silent Scream. Too much about Kim’s past is revealed that will affect how you read that first book, but if you can hold out and read the series in order, you are in for one colossal treat by the time you read First Blood. If you’re already up to date, this is one investigation you do not want to miss.

You can read my full thoughts on First Blood right here. This was the first Kim Stone book to be released in special edition hard back folks. That by itself has to be worth checking out.

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Happy #bookvent reading all

Jen