I’m over the moon to be sharing my review for Deadly Fate by Angela Marsons. Thanks to Kim Nash from Bookouture for inviting me along and the copy of the book.
The woman’s bright blonde hair floats in the breeze. She almost looks like she could be resting on the soft green grass. But her brown eyes stare unblinking up at the sky, and the final cut across her mouth is dark with blood. Her words silenced forever…
Late one evening, as the final church bell rings out, Sandra Deakin’s cold and lifeless body is found in the overgrown graveyard with multiple stab wounds. When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene, the violence of the attack convinces her that this murder was deeply personal. What could have caused such hate?
As the team dig into Sandra’s life, they discover she believed she could communicate with the dead. Was that why she was targeted? The last people to see her alive were a group of women who had a session with her the night before she was killed, and as Kim and her team pay them a visit, they soon learn each of the women is lying about why they wanted Sandra’s help…
Kim realises she must dig deep and open her mind to every avenue if she’s going to stand a chance at solving this case. And when she learns that Sandra was banned from the church grounds and had been receiving death threats too, she’s ever more certain that Sandra’s gifts are at the heart of everything.
But just when she thinks she’s found a lead, the broken body of a nineteen-year-old boy is found outside a call centre – a single slash across his mouth just like Sandra’s. Kim knows they are now racing against time to understand what triggered these attacks, and to stop a twisted killer.
But they might be too late. Just as Kim sits down at a local psychic show she discovers something that makes her blood run cold. Both Sandra and the call centre were named in an article about frauds. And this show stars the next name on the list. She looks around the audience with a feeling of utter dread, certain the killer is among them…
Totally addictive with a final twist that will leave you shouting out loud, you’ll want to inhale Deadly Fate in one sitting. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid and Robert Dugoni will love the new crime thriller from the number one multi-million-copy bestselling author Angela Marsons.
This is such a long-running series, eighteen books with Deadly Fate, and I still can’t wait for the next DI Kim Stone book to be released. I was happy to say the least when Deadly Fate was released and was looking forward to my binge read!
Deadly Fate is as fresh a story as Silent Scream, the very first book in the series. There is just no getting old with this series. This book sees Kim and the team in the case of a brutally murdered woman who was found in a graveyard. Kim knows this has to be personal after discovering that she suffered eleven stab wounds and also slashed across her mouth. She was a psychic, pretty well-known and popular with her clients.
The whole team have a lot on their hands trying to find any reason why this could have happened, including digging into other psychics’ lives in the area. As events unfold, the team all know this is a race against time before there is another victim. Can they solve this in time?
Another gripping, gritty, and omg, so twisty story. These characters have been created so realistically. They have a rapport going on due to them being so comfortable with each other. Their banter is enough to make me smile, and I get how they look out for each other. They know each other so well, and the work gets done so proficiently between them all.
Even though Angela Marsons’ stories are filled with murders and the darker side of life, she always brings some humour to lighten the load. I can’t say how much I really do enjoy and appreciate this series. Once I start one of these books, I need to finish it before i get on with whatever I need to do. The short chapters really make it a super easy read, and the characters are ones that I can get invested in from the first page.
I can not recommend Angela Marsons books highly enough! Until next time… when I hope it will be book nineteen!
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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 5 million in 7 years.
She lives in Worcestershire with her partner and their 2 cheeky Golden Retrievers.
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 28 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into 30 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 and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.