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D Day is finally here! Angela Marsons’ BRILLIANT new book is out! MASSIVE HAPPY PUB DAY to amazing Angela and hope she celebrates big time! On this special day of her publication I share my review of this gripping, dark, unputdownable thriller and I hope I managed to do it justice. I know the books we love the most are the hardest to review and I had a really hard time putting all my thoughts and feels in a coherent way. But screw coherent now, JUST READ THE BOOK!  As always, big big thanks to the wonderful Bookouture team, especially Kim and lovely Angela for the chance to be part of the blog tour (and my stop coinciding on the pub day!) and for the review copy.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
Series:D. I. Kim Stone #5
Also in this series:Play Dead
Published byBookouture
Published on 4.11.2016
Genres:thriller, crime
Pages: 380

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…

A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.

Why are the books we love the most hardest to review? I guess I feel sort of a responsibility to put my feels for this book into most appropriate words. If my review could be summed up in just one sentence it would be ‘BLOODY BRILLIANT!’ But I know you want to hear more and I do owe that to the world.

I assume you’ve already heard of the genius mind that is Angela Marsons. If you haven’t, have you been living under a rock all this time? Sorry, I don’t mean to insult anyone but if you haven’t heard of Kim Stone series, that can easily be fixed. Just head to amazon right away and download a copy. Start with ‘Silent Scream’ of course, the first one in the series introducing one of the most kick ass thriller heroines the world of literature has seen. ‘Blood Lines’ is the fifth installment in the DI Kim Stone series, but is some what connected to the second part, ‘Evil Games’. You can definitely read the parts as stand alones, but if you want to get a better feel of the antagonist, Dr Alexandra Thorne, it’s best if you read Evil Games first. Or just start at #1 in the series and move on, I can promise you you’ll be able to finish all 5 books in just few days.

Blood Lines is so awesome, so amazing and gripping it totally exceeded all my expectations. And this says a lot, because as a huge fan of Ms Marsons’ I have really REALLY high expectations. As in all her books, things happen fast, there’s lots of suspense, twists you won’t expect and characters you will love or hate from the bottom of your heart.

Kim thought she’s past the whole situation with Dr Alex Thorne, the manipulative sociopath responsible for loads of crimes in the past. Alex is in prison where she belongs and can no longer harm anyone. But is it really that way? Kim works on a case, a 47 year old woman, Deanna Brightman is murdered and Kim and her team are asking everyone around looking for suspects. The murder seems rather ‘clean’, there’s only one wound, very precise and sharp in the victim’s abdomen. Seems the killer was detached completely, there aren’t any evidence of hesitation in the form of small cuts. As they question Deanna’s husband, sister and members of household, Kim can’t help but feel that Deanna must have known the killer. And then another murder happens. Maxine Wakeman, a 22 year old woman with a drug addiction is found dead. One wound in the abdomen. Could it be that these are a work of the same killer? How are these women connected? There are no obvious signs of any connection, except the same, clean, single stab wound on their abdomens.

Blood Lines is a book that may result in heavy heart pounding, biting nails and adrenaline rush as you try to find the killer, the pattern of the murders, not to mention the depth of the ‘bond’ between Kim and her nemesis, Dr Alex. There were so many characters, so many things happening at once, new crimes, mentioning of old crimes, deep wounds come to surface…a lot to take in but a truly rewarding feeling. So when you close the book you can’t help but send a signal to the universe to bring you #6 in the series as soon as possible. Honestly, this series is so addictive! But what’s slightly different about Blood Lines is that Ms Marsons goes deeper and deeper in analyzing the human psyche, the dark and spooky parts, the strong emotions of grief and hate. She puts her characters in all sorts of situations, confronting them with their worst fears and their ugly pasts. I’m in awe of how well the author handles these situations, all her characters seem so believable and …well, real!

What truly fascinated me was the contrast between Alex and Kim. Alex is one hell of a bitch, so manipulative and revenge driven. But despite being so evil, she’s a character you’ll be hooked on. She’s the darkness to Kim’s light and their ‘bond’ is really the driving force behind Blood Lines.

I have to say a part of me wanted Kim to make amends with her past and her mother, but I’m also aware her mother did a horrible thing in the past (murder of Kim’s brother). And this also adds to the pace. Will she or won’t she forgive her mum? After 2 decades of being in an institution, has her mother finally realized what she’s done? Has she felt the deep remorse, has she changed? What would we do if we were in Kim’s shoes? Could any of us forgive someone for such a horrible crime? Got me thinking, a lot. But still, I couldn’t find an answer and I surely didn’t judge Kim for her choices. But I felt more connected to Kim (which surprised me, as I thought I already knew what she’s capable of). I also feel with each new book the reader is peeling a layer after layer, revealing more and more sides to her.

I could go and on about this book but I’m sure you get the point – JUST READ THE BOOK! As I’ve heard there’ll be a total of 16 books in this series which is a truly daunting number as I’ve never followed a character in so many books. But when it comes to this series, I have no doubts Ms Marsons can keep us entertained and interested in her books for a very very long time. So 16 books? I say 160. Who counts when you enjoy something so so profoundly? Blood Lines is definitely one hell of a roller coaster and a book not to be missed! Grab a copy as soon as you can!

About Angela Marsons

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador 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 (My Name Is and The Middle Child) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to for a total of 8 books. The second and third books in the Kim Stone series, EVIL GAMES and LOST GIRLS are also now available.

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