REVIEW OF ‘BROKEN BONES’ BY ANGELA MARSONS
5 STARS *****
Published by Bookouture on 3rd November 2017
They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.
As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.
The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.
BROKEN BONES showcases perfectly the genius of Angela Marsons’ writing. She effortlessly holds the reader in the palm of her hand from start to finish. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll cringe in horror and gasp at the gritty realism of difficult issues that the author treats with sensitivity and real insight while managing to challenge our society’s often stereotypical views.
From the moment I began reading BROKEN BONES, Book 7 in the DI Kim Stones series, I was truly riveted. This, of course, will come as no surprise to the legions of fans who follow this superb series. True to form, Broken Bones is a rollercoaster for the reader. Tension, fear and even tears accompanied my read as I fell under the spell of the enthralling storytelling.
Kim and Bryant, my favourite detective partnership, make a very welcome return and how I’ve missed their almost telepathic connection, their deep understanding and mutual respect for each other. Stacey and Dawson pair up, lightening the awful subject matter with their entertaining quips and backbiting. And Dawson’s secret adds a nice touch. This is a dynamic duo who help to decipher a tangled mystery involving tough issues such as the underground sex trade and modern day slavery.
The narrative is, as ever, moves along at a pace that guarantees to prohibit the reader from getting everyday duties done in the home. If this is a problem, set time aside; it’s worth it! There’s no falling asleep reading your Kindle in bed . . . once BROKEN BONES sinks its teeth in, sleep becomes merely an inconvenience.
BROKEN BONES is a fantastic read which grips from word go and ends with a shocking and totally unexpected twist. In short, yet another masterpiece from Queen of Crime, Angela Marsons.