She does it again.
Thank you to Bookouture for my review copy and to Angela Marsons for making me feel so alive!
Title: Dying Truth
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication: May 18th 2018
Number of pages: 384
No more star ratings! (but OMG if I did, this would get all the stars!!)
How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?
When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.
As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.
With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.
Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.
How long can a good crime series last? Well, if you put it in Angela Marsons’ hands, the answer is forever! Here I am, about to tell you all about book 8 in the Kim Stone adventures. Well, no, not really. If I say too much, it will ruin this story or hint at previous storylines. Instead of shouting out loud about what happens, I am going to whisper about it. Then I’ll yell at you to just go and buy it!
I haven’t had the chance to follow Kim Stone throughout all her books. Yet! I am lucky to have “only” read 2 books, which means 5 brilliant times with the Guv’s and her team. You might think I cannot truly connect or understand everything that is going on. It is true that the longer a series is, the better you know the character, therefore you are bound to be more connected to them. But Angela Marsons’ characterization is out-of-this world and the magic happens. You get to know those police officers, part of their backgrounds. Yes, there are questions hanging around, yet they feel familiar and realistic enough for you to pick a favorite, roll your eyes at another, want to hug one, or slap them all! Those protagonists are flesh and bones, making the Kim Stone series one of the most solid rocks of the crime scene!
In Dying Truth, Kim’s instincts kicks in right away, and mine did, too. We were back in the game! The mix of forensics and police work is brilliantly balanced and spiced up with personal issues and a cold case hitting too close to home. Once again, the team is the heart of the book, their secrets, lies, laughs, and work echo on every page, dance around the investigation to unveil truths some people would have preferred kept well-hidden. They tackle life in all its ways. Lonely Kim surrounded by loyal and different people forming a family. Don’t go tell them, though! Kim wouldn’t appreciate the sappy moment!
Teens falling like flies in what seems to be accidents. We all know better! Well, it takes a seasoned cop with a strong gut to pick up the pieces from teeny tiny elements, but you can count of Kim for this. We are not talking far-fetched intuition here, but common sense from a mind that has looked at darkness in the eye and did not blink until every inch of darkness was gone! This is how good our main protagonist is. Did I mention how much I love Kim? Resilient, dog-lover, not-gonna-hug-you Kim with a sharp tongue and an even sharper brain. But let’s be honest, Angela Marsons created more than an iconic female police officer, she sculpted each of her character line by line so you can almost know what their reaction to an event will be before it happens. Better than this, she stretches every page to give them the space they need to grow, make mistakes, learn, and they let us tag along on their personal path.
This eight book deals with several “normal” teenager issues such as overweight, shame, secrets. Secrets. Did I say secrets? Every one of us can relate to what is being said, left unsaid, find the elephant in the room and follow the clues to reach their conclusions. More than just crime, the Kim Stone series is an plunge into the depth of human nature. The police are the first witnesses to what we are capable of, and the author opens our eyes to what we may see on TV without looking twice in such an intense and astonishing way we cannot help but get immersed from the first page to the last. Life-paced, filled with emotions and adrenaline, Dying Truth will make you feel more alive than ever!
Oh, and brace yourself. This book will make your blood run hot then cold. You won’t be able to forget it!
Now GO BUY THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s the link to get the book through Amazon!