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Dead Souls – Angela Marsons (DI Kim Stone #6)

About the Book: The truth was dead and buried…until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

About the Author: Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.
Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for Bookouture and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing

My Review: This is the sixth book in the extremely popular DI Kim Stone series and whilst it could be read as a standalone, there are several continuing story lines and references from previous books which a new reader may find confusing (in my opinion).

Dead Souls is another gripping story with a very disturbing subject matter, in fact I think this is probably the darkest of the series so far.  In this book Kim is forced to work with a previous colleague in another team, one who she hasn’t spoken to in 4 years and really doesn’t want to work with.  However her superiors have requested they work together on a new case when a collection of human bones are discovered.

Leaving her own team to investigate a series of hate crimes which are escalating, the dynamics between Stacey, Dawson and Bryant are uncovered in more detail, allowing the reader to finally get to know the team better as they each get more involved in the investigations.

Dead Souls tackles hate crime, suicide, racist behaviour and pure evil in a harrowing and often uncomfortable read.  With relatively short chapters, it is so easy to get caught up in the “one more chapter” conundrum which when you pick up the book for a quick 10 minute read and look up at the clock to see you’ve been reading for over an hour – you realise that it’s another gripping, page turner and accept that you won’t be doing anything else until you finish the book.

 

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