You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.
In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional kill. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?
Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.
With her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.
With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.
Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.
But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?
And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.
Book 13 … This number is for some people just a number. For others not so much. Will 13 bring good or bad thing to Kim Stone’s door?
Bad things, of course, with Kim being a DI, but Kim would not be Kim if she would not push herself and her team to the limits in order to bring justice.
If this means being hard, she will be. If this means being compassionate, she will be. If this means going against orders, she will do it. But it’s always with the same goal in mind: to save lives.
People are born innocent. I truly believe that. It’s what life throws at them that makes or breaks them. Some people can cope and keep going. Others will be damaged and struggle and that’s were it all starts to go wrong. A battle where the strongest always wins and still can’t let go, but what if the weaker starts fighting back and can’t let go either?
The author had my full attention once again with her amazing story. I love the characters she creates and the interactions between the members of Kim’s team is great. A thrilling story that broke my heart but put a smile on my face sometimes too due to the little funny passages.
Another book that has been put on my 5 stars shelf. 😊
Thank you Angela Marsons and Bookouture
About the author
Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.
It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born. The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.