Synopsis – How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.
When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.
Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.
As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…
Publication date ~ 4th November 2016
Published by ~ Bookouture
My thoughts – Kim Stone is back in the 5th instalment from the talented Angela Marsons and I know I say this every time but this one is the best (to be honest they are all blooming brilliant).
I’d say this book could be read as a standalone but really you would be better to read them all in order, although throughout the book, references to the past are described pretty well so would leave the reader feeling fulfilled, but it’s such a fantastic series you’d be missing out if you started here.
Picking up this book was like catching up with an old friend, through this series the reader really gets to know Kim Stone but like any friend there’s always more to find out and in Bloodlines we delve a little more into Kim’s past and her relationship with her mum, all thanks to the EVIL Dr Alex Thorne, yes the evil sociopath Dr is back and is still up to no good (shivers). Kim’s team is also still with her, Bryant, Dawson and Stacie. They are a close team who are always on hand to back up Kim and it’s been great reading over the series how the relationships within this team has developed.
The story covers two plots, a murder investigation and the return of Dr Alexandra Thorne who is planning Kim’s downfall from within her prison walls and playing serious mind tricks again (shivers again). Both plots are equally engrossing and the author does a fantastic job of bringing them together.
I tend to find when I pick up an Angela Marson book time seems to slip away, I get so involved in the story that everything else gets ignored. From page one I’ve been caught, hook, line and sinker and I think the family have realised that they will not get a sensible answer or any answer for that matter until I’ve finished the book.
Bloodlines is another blood pumping thriller that gets under your skin. Full of twists and edge of your seat moments this is a definite 5 star read that I highly recommend.
My rating 5/5
My thanks go to Bookouture and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.