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.
I liked DI Kim Stone immediately. A memorable character who, with all her flaws, still manages to gain control not only of her position but the respect of those she works with. Refined by her childhood memories and past experiences, Kim is no pushover. She’s a tough cookie, dedicated to her work and this is no easy task if undercurrents of police tension at the West Midlands Police, Halesowen station are anything to go by. In a predominately male dominated environment, where thorn-in-her-side Commanding Officer, DCI Woodward, has little or no confidence in her, Kim has to continually prove she’s up for the task. With persistence on her side and an up-yours attitude you can’t help but root for her.
Another character I enjoyed was DS Bryant. An immaculately dressed (‘suited’ and ‘tied’) individual with an addiction to cough sweets. The dialogue between them is hysterical at times and as they enter the autopsy suite Bryant complains that the place gives him the creeps. She responds, “When did you turn into such a little girl?” Him: “Always been that way, Guv.” We don’t see a hint of arrogance, just an honest tongue-in-cheek answer that British men are so famous for. Bryant has more than a hint of admiration for Stone and at the same time is desperate to learn from her and gain her respect. He’s content to remain in his secondary role and also has empathy for the victims. I hope to see him in subsequent novels.
Constantly in the grip of the killer with his sick, twisted mind, this book is so hard to put down. It had me almost gagging in places and sweating in others. When life got in the way, I wanted to shake a fist at it and go back to my big easy chair and dive back in. Silent Scream is that good.
I’m a fan of Harlan Coben, John Grishan, James Patterson, Dean Koontz, PD James and Patricia Cornwell, and I have to say Angela Marsons is easily in the same league. Five big fat stars for a fabulous read. Thank you!
Although Angela Marsons' books came out earlier, I read (and LOVED) Patricia Gibney's Lottie Parker series first - and these books are very similar in style. So if you've read Patricia Gibney and loved her, then run (don't walk!) to collect Angels Marsons' Kim Stone book series!
DI Kim Stone is the lead investigator on a case involving some current dead people and old bones found at an orphanage for girls. This like in the description is what drew me in: "They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer..." C.R.E.E.P.Y.
First, let me start at the end. I read the start of the ending while I was half asleep last night. This morning I woke up thinking I'd read it wrong. No. I didn't. Correctly, it was read! My sleepy little brain was thrown for a loop. Woah, I was not expecting that. Everyone loves a twisty ending in a dark book, right?
DI Kim Stone. Love her to pieces! Perfectly flawed with an attitude problem and a big heart. When the investigation came to a close, she had notched up two formal complaints, disregarded direct instructions on three occasions, and ran out of fingers to count how many protocols she failed to follow. Whoops.
The cover was perfect for this book. The storm clouds looming warm my heart. I love nothing better than reading a book during a good storm. Great cover art!
All in all, I gave Angela Marsons' Silent Scream 4 wonderful little happy stars. Watch out books 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6... I'm coming for you!
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