5 STARS *****

Published by Bookouture on 19th October 2018

Fatal Promise: A totally gripping and heart-stopping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 9) by [Marsons, Angela]





Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.




I absolutely loved this book, possibly even more than the last one and I thought that was impossible!

As anyone who enjoys reading the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons knows, that fuzzy warm feeling that comes with the knowledge that each book you start reading is even more gripping than the last, really has become par for the course.

Just when you think she can’t possibly get any better, she goes and does it again.

What I love most about FATAL PROMISE is that yes, there’s nailbiting tension from the pacy investigation of two cases, running concurrently … Yes, there are twists and turns that I absolutely did not guess and I found the ending shocking … but most of all, I loved this book for the character development of Kim and her team.

As reader, we share intimately in the struggle of them all as they try desperately to recover and make sense of the tragic event that happened in Book 8, DYING TRUTH. Through the author revisiting certain events and consequences, we feel their pain, their frustration, their utter grief. I loved witnessing the growing understanding between Stacey and Penn. I loved a delightful new character who pulled on my heartstrings and who I really hope we get to know better in future books.

We see new, surprising facets of Kim herself as she battles to understand herself with the help of good old Ted, the person who knows her best. Seeing her vulnerability only serves to make us love her more … genius!

FATAL PROMISE is painful, compulsive, heartrending and shocking. This book is simply brilliant. You should read it now.REV