June 19, 2020

Silent Scream


By Angela Marsons
British Crime Fiction
'I couldn't get enough of this brilliant plot-twisting whodunnit story...this tale takes you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go until the very last full stop' — Irish Sunday Independent

๐Ÿ“•My Review


I really enjoyed Silent Scream, the first book in the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. The story was well-plotted, fast-paced and exciting. 

Set in the Black Country, several human remains are discovered in the grounds of a derelict former children's home. They appear to have been buried for some time. D.I. Kim Stone links the discoveries to a spate of more recent killings and must act quickly to bring a cold blooded murderer to justice.

Considering this is the author's debut novel, it was very impressive. Kim Stone is a complex character and I can't wait to see how she develops throughout the series. She's stubborn, pushy and speaks her mind. Brought up in the care system, having been abused and neglected by her mother, she's earned the respect of her team but struggles to follow rules and procedures; often clashing with her superiors. 

The suspense and tension literally dripped off the pages and I couldn't put the book down. The excellent twist in the closing chapters was superb. I really did not see THAT coming!!! Kim Stone is one ballsy lady! 
        
Book Source: Purchased copy
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Zaffre (14 July 2016)
Genre: Crime
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๐Ÿ“—The Blurb


Even the darkest secrets can't stay buried forever...

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?

๐Ÿ“˜The Author


Angela Marsons is from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands and is a former security guard at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Having been rejected by numerous publishers over 25 years, she released three books in her crime series in 2015 under digital publisher Bookouture.

Her books all have a Black Country setting, but the author says "I never write about a set group of people or anyone particular I know, all my characters are make believe." The principal character in the crime series is Detective Kim Stone. 

The success of the digitally-published Kim Stone books resulted in a print deal with publisher Bonnier Publishing Fiction. Marsons is signed to Bookouture for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series.

Author Links: Website | Twitter