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…
There are a lot of great books out there and then there are quite some amazing ones too. When I grab one of these gems, like this one, someone might call me to say the roof has fallen down, I would tell them I would deal with that detail later on, after I finished my utterly captivating book. 😉
So yes, Kim, it has been a few weeks, but am I glad to see you and your team again. I have missed all of you so much.
With this story the author entered a world I am interested in too. It fascinates and scares me at the same time. I think some people really have a gift, but lots of them are just faking it. But one big questions arises: does it matter when someone is not genuine, but offers you comfort and reassurances? Is that not exactly what does people are seeking? Sometimes though people are looking for answers nobody can give them and that’s when some go through the roof…
Kim and her team are dealing with a vicious killer who does not seem willing to stop anytime soon. They have to find clues and fast whilst having to solve other mysteries too.
Sometimes you see a physic show on TV. I am always wondering: is this what it is, a show or is there more to it? I loved the background information the author added and it clarifies a lot. Still that same questions lingers in my head: genuine or fake? I still believe some people do have a gift.
I loved this book, but that’s no surprise. All the books by this author have kept me highly entertained and this one is no exception. So long, Kim. 5 stars
About the author
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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.