Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Bookouture are one of my favorite publishers, for many reasons. They publish books which so far have been up my street and their whole team is such a pleasure to work with. They value bloggers and their opinions and take good care of their authors. This certainly didn’t influence my rating, however I think it’s worth mentioning and I know those of you who’ve worked with them, will agree with me on this one. They deserve all the praise.
‘Silent Scream’ is the first thriller Bookouture have published so far, but they’ve announced there will be more thrillers coming later in the year and I so look forward to that. Publishing Angela Marsons’ ‘Silent Scream’ was definitely a smart move and I hope they continue to publish as awesome and grippy books in the future as this one.
I read this book a week ago and first thing that came to my mind was – How will I be able to review a book that I loved so much? Will I manage to describe all the things I felt when reading, how will I translate into words the intensity of my feelings? Finally I realized I will fail, no matter how many times in this review I mention this book is brilliant, will not be enough to do it justice. However, I do hope that some of you will be intrigued enough to give this brilliant book a chance and get to love her as much as I did.
I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers lately, which without a doubt raised my rating standards for this genre. I’ve also realized that for the past couple of years, female authors are dominating the thriller scene, which as a woman makes me so happy. New names emerge on the scene, and they truly are a breath of fresh air, giving the thriller genre a new dimension and depth.
Angela Marsons is one of these new authors, undoubtedly one of the most talented writers I’ve read. While reading her brilliantly written book I couldn’t help but wonder, how many years of research does it take for someone to write such a book? It’s a police procedural, something which was not on my radar till now. I’ve read a couple of books like this, but the terminology sometimes killed me. However, Ms Marsons’ book is written in a very comprehensive way even though the story is complex and there are many characters.
Investigating a murder, D.I. Kim Stone finds out this as well as couple of more following cases are connected to more brutal murders which happened in Crestowood a children’s home in Black Country. Crestwood was home to some very unfortunate children, some of them left by their parents and most of them were terribly abused. But did the abuse stop once the kids were in Crestwood? Three bodies appear on the site and D.I. Kim is to unravel the dark secrets this institution held. Her life is jeopardized by a very sick and twisted killer, however she’s determined to bring him to justice and give the victims the peace they deserve.
D.I. Kim Stone is probably one of my favorite Investigators. She’s brave, determined, bit of a loner but that’s understandable, given the fact she’s faced with all sorts of brutal murders and scenes every day. Simply said, she’s one kick-ass heroine. She’s had an unfortunate childhood and these memories the author shares later in the book, brought tears to my eyes. But it’s these sad events that molded her into the strong person she is, though some secrets will always remain sealed.
No matter what I try to analyse, the plot, the characters, the pace, this is one perfect book from any angle. It’s pacey, gripping and so intense and you will adore Kim. She’s one of the most memorable characters I’ve encountered in a book and certainly one I’d like to read more about. To my great joy, there will be a sequel later this year as I found out from the author, and I can’t wait to read it.
Ms Marsons goes to my list of favorite authors and I promise to read every book she writes. I hope she’ll write many, for her writing is simply a breath of fresh air. A star is born and I will watch it shine!
My rating: 10/10