Lost Girls: A fast paced, gripping thriller novel (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
|Length: 442 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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I plan to continue with the series and move on to "Play Dead" with the hopes that Ms Marsons takes another two steps forward.
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‘It's well documented that until recently the most effective weapon in the armed forces was hate. Soldiers were instilled with hatred towards the enemy, to remove the inhibitions of taking a life. If you hate the owner of that life it is easier to destroy.
‘Rage and aggression are the staples of military life but to produce an effective killing machine you have to dehumanise it. You have to remove empathy, understanding, forgiveness. Otherwise an enemy pleading for his life might garner a moment's hesitation, which is long enough to get control of a weapon and kill an entire squad.
‘It's all very clever until the soldier is released back into society. The mind-set instilled is not a temporary state. It's an altered set of beliefs. But suddenly, where is the enemy? Where is the guidance? Where is the rest of the team united in one clear goal?
‘Society then tells soldiers that what they did was wrong. Violence is wrong, killing is wrong.a
‘You can't just suddenly wipe a mind clear because you now want that person to exist in a “normal” society. The hatred doesn't go away. It just has no clear target.’
Believe it, or not, soldiers are not brainwashed and filled with rage, do not relish the taking of life, generally reintegrate into society quite well, and are trained to capture the enemy whenever feasible. A soldier who killed an unarmed enemy combatant pleading for his life would be tried for murder.
I am never disappointed when I read a book in this series. I love the way layers are slowly peeling away from DI Kim Stone's past and personality. She presents such a tough exterior but in this book I felt like we see more of a soft interior.
This book was even better than the first two in the series. I'm really looking forward to the next installment. These stories just keep getting better and better.
If you like thrillers you will love this book.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Angela Marsons for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Marsons ability to keep our attention focused on the action while continually developing the characters is clever and fun. There was a time when I actually thought one or more of the girls ....(better leave for the next lucky reader!)
Angela took a giant step away from the pack on this one...Thank you for the great read!