A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and 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…
A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.
I couldn’t have been more excited when I could finally read the fifth book in the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. I was excited to learn that we would be meeting, yet again the psychopath, Alexandra Throne who we were first introduced to in Evil Games. Angela really has sent Kim on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride in this novel, and whilst Alexandra attempts to use her as a puppet in her game she has to try and find a serial killer who has hidden themselves well within the shadows.
Blood Lines grabs you from the set off, when we find Kim seemingly on her own at night and being followed by a serial rapist. Thankfully, the operation is swiftly concluded and the criminal arrested. But without a moment to pause and think, Kim and her team are called to a scene where a dead body has been discovered, a young woman, a social care worker, has been found with a single stab wound.
As the body count begins to ride, Kim must try and find a link between the victims and it is during this time that from within prison walls, Alexandra Throne begins to bring her plans to fruition. Kim is faced with the unthinkable possibility for her, that her mother, who was sectioned in a psychiatric unit after killing Kim’s twin, Mikey, after she convinced herself that her son was the devil, could be set free. The final showdown Angela has written between the pair is brilliant and one of my favourite scenes from the novel.
The novel is taut with tension throughout and I even felt scared for some of the inmates Alexandra was imprisoned with. Alex Thorne is an ingenious creation and I do wonder if this is the last we’ll hear from her, I would like to see how she gets on after the events that have occurred in Blood Lines.
The Kim Stone novels keep getting better and better, roll on the next one Angela, I can’t wait to read it! Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for the early review copy.
Publication date: 4th November 2016
Print length: 380 pages