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Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Kim Stone is a Detective Inspector at the Halesowen Station. She has three detectives under her: Detective Constable Stacey Wood, Detective Sergeant Bryant, and Detective Sergeant Kevin Dawson. They are investigating the killing of Teresa Wyatt. Teresa was the 47 year old principal of a private boys’ school. As they are investigating her murder, Tom Curtis is murdered. The team tries to find out what a link between the two people. Their investigation leads them to Crestwood.
Crestwood was a home for troubled girls in the system (foster children and orphans). Looking around Crestwood they discover the bodies of young girls. Both Teresa Wyatt and Tom Curtis worked at Crestwood. Who killed these young girls and why is someone killing off former staff members of Crestwood? Who will be next? Kim and her team set out to solve these killings. They will have to look at the former staff members as well as the girls who used to live at Crestwood.
Kim Stone will also have to deal with memories of her own childhood. Kim had a horrible childhood and lost a brother due to her mother who is a paranoid schizophrenic.
Silent Scream is a great mystery. The characters are unique and complex. The book is well-written. There is some British slang (especially regarding food). There is a great twist at the end of the book. I was able to figure out who were the killers, but was shocked by the turn of events at the end. I cannot wait for the next D.I. Kim Stone book! I give Silent Scream 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This novel is exceptionally well written. The plot is intelligent, with depth and order, while also providing the reader with plenty of twists and turns.
Good character development and a wide variety of different characters. This is probably the only aspect I had slight problems with, as I did struggle at first to keep track of the many characters that were introduced early on in the book. I ended up writing a list to help me keep track of them, but it became easier as the story progressed. This wasn’t helped by me only having a few minutes each evening to read. I would definitely recommend setting aside a couple of hours to initially get into this novel.
D.I. Kim Stone is a strong and interesting character. At first, I found her a little hard & blunt (not that this is a bad thing), but I also enjoyed seeing a softer side to her, especially with the way she was with Lucy.
This novel keeps on improving throughout and can be hard to put down. If I had the available time I would definitely have read this much quicker.
This was full of mystery, action, sensitive issues, and various relationships between characters. It left me with some very strong images after reading it. Occasionally, some novels leave me thinking they would be great for TV or film. This was definitely one of them.
I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series in the future, and wish Angela the best of luck with her debut novel.
I would like to thank the publisher, Bookouture for allowing me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of the few books that I almost did not finish. Multiple times. After putting up with Stone’s negative disposition and her completely lackluster co-workers for a few chapters (Which one was Stace? Is Kev the one with the angry girlfriend?) I was ready to chuck the book. Especially if her partner DC Whathisname kept calling her “Guv”. I found the dialogue to be cliché and trite. The “paragraphs” barely had two sentences; the narrative was mostly a sentence at a time. It did make for faster skimming like I ended up doing.
The only thing that kept me interested was the mystery. There’s a second murder. Then the skeleton of a young girl is found at an archeological dig next to a burned-down home for wayward teens. At that point I was able to overlook Stone’s behaviour and focus on the story, but then she would be a jerk to a co-worker or a witness or some total stranger and I would consider tossing the book…again. And the book is chock full of face-palm-plant moments to keep the reader entertained. My favorite was during Stone’s interview with the first victim’s co-worker; the victim is dead barely more than 12 hours and the co-worker is blatantly flirting with Stone? That is a WTH moment for sure. Also, whenever the police dug up another body, the murderer’s inner dialogue was practically drooling with nostalgic glee while he relived that victim’s last few moments.
After Stone completely alienates half the characters in the book the author tries to build sympathy for her by placing blame on the death of her brother, her incarcerated and psychotic mother, and the years Stone spent as a nobody in the foster care system. The only outlet for her damaged heart is in rebuilding a motorcycle. She has a rare few moments when she shows a sense of humor. That’s all well and good, but Stone is still a jerk.
When the killer is finally revealed, it’s a weird twist is a canyon-size stretch that might shock some readers but it’s nothing new or unusual. I really wanted this to be a good book and I did keep reading in case it got better. But it all comes down to the immature dialogue, one-dimensional and/or unmemorable characters, and a completely unlikeable main character. There are plenty of books out there with anti-heroines, but they at least have some quality about them that makes the reader actually appreciate or enjoy the person’s character. Case in point: DI Helen Grace.
Judging from the hundreds of 5 star reviews I can see the author has some fans and I’m glad for the debut writer but I won’t be picking up her next book.
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