Saturday, 4 November 2017

Book Review - Broken Bones by Angela Marsons

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Title: Broken Bones
Author: Angela Marson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 3rd November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

How is it possible that I have just finished book 7 of this wonderful series? I have two issues with that statement, one amazement that there have already been seven DI. Kim Stone books, but also that it means I now have to start the long wait for the next book. 

However by book 7 I'm really not sure what else I can say without actually sounding like a broken record, either with regards my gushing superlatives for the series, the police team and story, or in me telling you to just go buy the latest book and I'll see you once you are finished! 

There are two main threads of story,  split between Stone and Bryant working together do work out what is going on with some murdered prostitutes, and Dawson  with Stacey working on just who abandoned a baby at the police station in winter. 

I loved getting to know all four of these familiar police officers that little bit more with this book, and DI Kim Stone is starting to feel like a more rounded, less hard edged woman than she has been with previous installments.  There are references all over the book, to the previous happenings in the series, which is only right, as people new to the series need relevant back story. 

I was kept guessing throughout and was completely hooked on the action. I didn't predict any of the twists and just enjoyed seeing where the story was taking me. The pacing is reasonably quick and with two very different investigations going on, if one of the stories got slightly unpalatable for a bit, there was always the other coming up again soon. 

Utterly gripping, Angela Marsons has done it once again, and produced another thrilling masterpiece. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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