Thursday, February 11, 2016

7. Silent Scream - Angela Marsons

#1 D.I. Kim Stone; Black Country (West Midlands) England
read on my iPhone.
2015 Book Outure (eBook)
307 pgs.
Adult Murder Mystery - Police Procedural
Finished 2/11/16
Goodreads rating:  3.99
My rating:5, or pretty darn close....
Setting: Black Country, West Midlands, England (though close to Birmingham, not to be confused at all with it - Black Country wants to be called Black Country!  I did research.....)

First line/s:  "Teresa Wyatt had the inexplicable feeling that this night would be her last."

My comments:  I vacillated between 4 and 5 for a long while, but decided that the merits of this book were definitely worthy of a five.  Characterization (lov-er-ly), plot (grizzly and believable, unfortunately-in-a good-way), setting (a part of England I know very little about), protagonist (wow!), and great writing work together to create a difficult-to-put-down story.  So much of the book was peeling off layers of Kim Stone's armor and seeing what motivates her, and the glimpses we get are fascinating.  The best part  - there's still so much left to learn about her personal story in upcoming mysteries.  I'm excited to have found this new-to-me series!

Goodreads synopsis:  Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever… 
     Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …    
     Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. 
     But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
     As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
      Fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in British crime fiction.

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