Book Title: Blood Lines
Author: Angela Marsons
Series: DI Kim Stone #5
Genres: Crime Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Date Read: 11/16/16
Pub Date: 11/04/16
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…
While there is nothing I can say regarding this series that hasn’t already been said, I hope to convey the wonder and awe I’m in regarding the Kim Stone series. Somehow Angie consistently tops each book with the next (although as readers we never can imagine that happening until we reach the next book), and our love of this close knit team grows with each story read. It’s rare to find an author with such talent to draw you in to her world and make you feel a part of it so completely, but that’s just what she does with these books. Her flawed characters are deep, complex, and emotional; she manages to find our most vulnerable fears and fleshes them out in her books, forcing us to face them head on. While the series is notoriously violent and graphic, Marsons manages to portray it in the most delicate and respectful of ways. None of the graphic material is sheerly for shock value; there is always a proper place for the how and why it happens to further the story and tie us to the characters emotionally.
My initial reaction to this installment was respect for the depth of emotion involving Kim and her history. I was squealing with delight when Angie brought back our favorite villain; the monster created in Dr. Alexandra Thorne is so thoroughly genius I would be pleased to see her pop in and out of the series to it’s completion. Her character somewhat reminds me of Gretchen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick series; a beautiful woman who remained under the radar for so long but eventually was outed due to the total lack of emotion and conscience. While there was a case the team was working on throughout the book, Kim and Alex go head to head in a battle of dangerous control that added variety and life to the series. I thoroughly love how we get to know each character in Kim’s team a little more with each book and was really thrilled to have had a deeper insight into Kim’s mother. I was left with a few questions that I’m interested in seeing answered possibly in the next book.
On a more personal note, I think one of the reasons this series has become so successful is due to Angie herself. She has made a point to connect with her readers by going beyond typical social media interaction, as have most authors in the Bookouture sphere. I can’t tell you just how many personal conversations we’ve had, or how many times she has shot me an email just to check and see how myself and my family are doing. That heart of gold, mixed with talent galore, has ensured the success of a series that will continue longer than many authors can dream of. I’m so incredibly ecstatic to see such an honorable person getting the recognition she deserves, along with her partner Julie, who plays an integral role in the publishing of these novels as well. Thank you ladies for all you do, and if you have been holding off on the series but “keep meaning to read them”, jump on the Kim train and join in the fun! I promise, this is one series you won’t regret reading if you enjoy thrillers of a darker nature.
*As always, many thanks to the author and Bookouture for spoiling us rotten with review copies of the highest standard. It’s been my pleasure to provide an honest review!