Hidden Scars by Angela Marsons / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @WriteAngie

The boy’s dark hair shone in the bright lights. His lips seemed about to speak. But his body was cold and his blue eyes would never open again.When a nineteen-year-old boy, Jamie Mills, is found hanging from a tree in a local park, his death is ruled a suicide. Detective Kim Stone’s instincts tell her something isn’t right. Why, when his mother is told, does she not break down in tears? And how could Jamie have climbed the tree with a recent injury?Kim should be easing back into work gently after a harrowing case left her body and mind broken, but quickly taking charge of her team, Kim is shocked to learn that Jamie’s parents had sent him to a clinic to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality.The clues to smashing open this disturbing case lie behind the old Victorian walls of the clinic, run by the Gardner family. They claim that patients come of their own accord and are free to leave at any time. But why are those who attended the clinic so afraid to speak of what happens there? And where did the faded restraint marks on Jamie’s wrists come from?Kim makes a further chilling discovery – the head of the clinic, Celia Gardner, was sent there for conversion therapy when she was sixteen.Then the body of a young woman is found dead by suffocation, her death also staged to look like a suicide.Scarred from a previous case that nearly took her life, can Kim unearth the dark secrets within the Gardner family and is she strong enough to stop a terrifying killer silencing the clinic’s previous patients one by one?




I want to like every book I read. In fact I want to love every book I read, but eveerybody knows it’s not possible. Some books are not your cup of tea and some you think are amazing. Some make you wait for it  and some will pull you in from the very first page . While reading some you think, ‘jeez, still x% to go’ , and others will make you go ‘oh no, only x% left!’

You probably wonder in which of these categories this book belongs. Let me tell you. It was amazing, pulled me in from the very first page and made me want it to last forever. 

What is the definition of a good boss? It’s someone who is fair, who appreciates and values their team and who gives the right person the right job. Kim Stone is the textbook example of a good boss and in return she gets her team’s respect and they would do anything for her. They know she will not stop before she has got to the bottom of the case they are investigating and they are with her every step of the way.

It goes without saying: the author has given us an excellent book once again. This story is built around a very heavy topic. It was beautiful and disgusting at the same time. Hope to see you soon, Kim. 5 stars

Thank you 


About the author

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 more than 27 languages.

Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise, Dead Memories and Hidden Scars 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.


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