REVIEW OF ‘DEAD SOULS’ BY ANGELA MARSONS

5 STARS *****

Published by Bookouture on 28th April 2017

 

THE BLURB . . .

The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

*****

MY REVIEW …

In this, Book Six of the fantastic DI Kim Stone series, author Angela Marsons has shaken things up a little. Kim Stone and her team are out of their comfort zone; Kim is forced to work with Travis, an old friend turned foe and Bryant and Dawson are thrown together. And Stacey steps out of the shadows to prove herself a formidable and resourceful detective. Yet through this development, we see otherwise hidden facets of all the characters and it’s fascinating how they cope when they are left to their own devices. Sit back and enjoy the fireworks!
The main theme is dark and it is explored thoroughly and honestly; making very thought-provoking and sometimes uncomfortable reading in many passages. This story challenges our perceptions and beliefs. However, the storyline is shot through with the usual humour that lightens the difficult subject matter and happily, we still sense a camaraderie between Stone and her team, even though they’re in contact sporadically.
The characters feel real and alive and I loved how, by the end, I felt as if I knew them better still. The plot is expertly woven to a terrifying and skilful climax and I was genuinely surprised at the twist! Angela Marsons’ writing goes from strength to strength. I stayed up late to finish this book and almost immediately, after enjoying the satisfying and explosive ending, there it was; the same old question I know all DI Kim Stone fans have . . . when is the next one out??
DEAD SOULS: Brilliant and thoroughly recommended.