Title: Killing Minds (Kim Stone #12)
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication: May 13th 2020
Number of pages: 367
It had seemed so simple. Get in, get the information, get out. But now they were getting inside her mind and she didn’t know how to stop them…
When Detective Kim Stone is called to the home of Samantha Brown, she finds the young woman lying in bed with her throat cut and a knife in her hand. With no sign of forced entry or struggle, Kim rules her death a tragic suicide.
But a visit to Samantha’s parents rings alarm bells for Kim – there’s something they’re not telling her. And, when she spots a clue in a photograph, Kim realises she’s made a huge mistake. Samantha didn’t take her own life, she was murdered.
Then a young man’s body is found in a local lake with his throat cut and Kim makes a link between the victim and Samantha. They both spent time at Unity Farm, a retreat for people seeking an alternative way of life.
Beneath the retreat’s cosy façade, Kim and her team uncover a sinister community preying on the emotionally vulnerable.
Sending one of her own undercover into Unity Farm is high risk but it’s Kim’s only hope if she is to catch a killer – someone Kim is convinced the victims knew and trusted.
With Bryant distracted by the emergence of a harrowing case close to his heart, and an undercover officer in way over her head, Kim’s neck is on the line like never before. Can she protect those closest to her before another life is taken?
An unbelievably gripping crime thriller from multi-million copy bestseller Angela Marsons that will have you hooked on the Detective Kim Stone series.
Publishing one book is huge. Committing to a series is massive. The pressure is crushing, the timelines don’t allow any mistakes, the characters need to evolve but remain those readers have fallen for, plots involve more and more elements as the web expands.
Angela Marsons has been the captain of the Kim Stone series for twelve books.
Well, my captain, your sailing force is as strong as ever!
I was so excited to be reunited with Kim and her team that I didn’t register straight away that the book opened on a simple case of suicide to confirm. It sounded like a good place to start a new book – something simple to give time to say hi to characters who are dear to me. But nothing is simple in the Kim Stone series.
A troubled Bryant, a detail from the family of the deceased young woman, and soon another body on the board… No doubt, I was in for another big Kim ride.
No one is perfect, not even our main protagonist. If Angela Marsons has shown us over and over again how perfectly imperfect Kim Stone is, those first chapters focusing on an apparent suicide reminded me that it’s okay to make the wrong call, as long as you make up for it. And Kim does exactly this! If it’s not like her to dwell on a bad step, she’s not one to let things pass. Still, like Kim, I was not expecting this newly-called murder to hide more bodies, more disappearances, and most importantly, a clear and scary road to a mysterious farm…
I have said it before, I am not into cult stories. They have to be particularly good, or bring a different angle to a story to be of interest to me. I thought the few novels I’d read on the subjects had covered everything… I was wrong. If the team’s links all lead to a farm where a hundred people live in harmony, there is far more to the investigation than taking down a charismatic crazy guy and saving the day. Angela Marsons takes risks and it pays. Instead of making a cult the center of her novel, she creates something new around it. An undercover officer, a Bryant on edge, a vulnerable Stacy, a surprising Penn are here to keep the reader busy and get the usual brilliant ratios of clever interactions. It eases the tension at times, allowing for breaks that made me feel in the best possible hands. I love this feeling.
Feelings are at the heart of this book. How others make us feel, how we force ourselves to feel, how life turns us into different people. There is a beautiful and heart-breaking sensitivity in Killing Minds, making it a truly gripping read.
Killing Minds is an intricate and smart novel. Marsons never fails to take the familiar world she’s created into new territories, injecting new blood into the series with this well-rounded, flawless title.
I would like to thank Kim Nash & Bookouture for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. A copy of this novel was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.