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Author: Angela Marsons
Published: November 6th, 2015
This is the third novel in the Detective Kim Stone series by this author but you don’t need to have read the earlier two to be able to be enthralled by this superbly crafted, traumatic thriller. Indeed, you may well find (like me) that you’d really like to read the earlier ones – ‘Silent Scream’ and ‘Evil Games’ – after being so intrigued and moved by this one.
When two nine year old friends are kidnapped, one of the parents requests that Kim is the Detective leading the investigation. It turns out that that parent and Kim were in foster care together as teenagers….. As the case unfolds, the kidnappers try to start a bidding war, promising to release unharmed the child whose parents pay the most. The parents had been close friends, too, but the stress of the events, the trauma, anxiety and uncertainty of the outcome all strain their relationships with their partners, the other couple and the police. There seem so many side issues, a similar earlier case doesn’t have all the evidence or paperwork it should, new ‘experts’ are brought in to support the team whilst a blackout on information for everyone not directly involved is imposed. In the case thirteen months ago, only one girl was released. Does Kim stand any chance of successfully rescuing the girls? You’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
This is a riveting story, told from multiple points of view. The characters are all complex, the painstaking slog to uncover evidence is a relentless race to save the girls before the kidnappers harm them. All the characters are superbly portrayed, the methodology, interactions and thought processes explored in an enthralling crime thriller, packed with mystery, suspense and drama. This is one of those brilliant stories where the reader really doesn’t want to put the story down until they’ve found out just what happens and, even in the ending, there are surprises. Anyone who is a parent will find this particularly traumatic but it is still one I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys well written crime thrillers with great human interest.
Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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