Publication Order of Detective Kim Stone Series
|Silent Scream||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Evil Games||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Lost Girls||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Play Dead||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Angela Marsons is an English author who writes books in the crime genre. She discovered her passion in writing during her primary school years after gaining merit from her short story “On the rocks and the seas”. This was the only merit she ever got. She used to write stories that burned inside and stored them safely in a drawer. She finally ventured into writing after much urging from a friend. This she did by first entering into writing competitions in Writer’s News which eventually resulted into a win and three short story entries.
The 47 year old released three of her books in crime series in 2015. The books have already topped the Amazon charts all around the globe. Her debut novel titled Silent Scream went on to sell over 600,000 copies and clinched the number one Amazon bestseller in the UK for a period of over a month. It was top 5 in the United States and has now secured rights deals in 10 countries which include Germany and Lithuania.
Angela Marsons gave up her job of 19 years to focus fully on writing. According to her, his was a dream come true. Formerly, she worked as a security guard at Merry Hill Shopping Center. Before she got the short stories entries, she was rejected by publishers for 25 years. They would always tell her that they loved her work but it did not have enough content. Despite the constant rejection she kept pressing on without feeling dejected until September 2014 when a commissioning editor at Bookouture, a digital publisher approached her to ask whether she would be interested to publish with them. For her, this was a lifeline and having gone on to achieve the success she now has is unbelievable. The dream for her had always been to write for a living but this success has made her reap the financial benefits of an international bestseller almost overnight. To her every royalty payment seems like lottery! According to her, the passion of writing developed because she felt like she had a story to tell.
Angela’s books feature a formidable, no-nonsense main character; Detective Kim Stone. They also have a Black Country setting. Her first book Silent Scream is a thriller set in a children’s home in Rowley Regis. All her stories are set in local areas due to her being a local girl. All her characters are make believe as opposed to anyone or a set of people she particularly knows. Now let’s look at two of her books.
This is a fantastic novel by Angela Marsons. It has twists and turns blending with wit and emotion. Detective Kim Stone embarks on a hunt for a ruthless killer and the clues she unearths are become personal. They have a common bond with the victims but Stone is determined to find justice regardless of the outcome.
The action as well as intrigue sets immediately you start reading the novel. Eventually 10 murders occurring in the previous and present years are what Detective Stone is set to investigate. Meanwhile you are introduced to a cast of characters which is quite large. Detective Kim Stone, the protagonist here has had a difficult upbringing which left scars on her. Her minimal social skills as a result of her upbringing cannot stop her from coming to the aid of suffering innocents. The death of a headmistress who is found strangled is one of many. Later human remains are found at a former children’s home in Crestwood. These remains lead Detective Stone into the hunt for a murderer who has been active for many years. But running this investigation will need her to come into terms with her past.
Her passion is somewhat uncontrolled and this keeps her in the doghouse with her seniors. Her team members respect her deeply and are extremely protective and loyal towards her. As the story of the challenge to solve the murders unfurls we get to know a bit about Kim’s past.
Angela Marsons did a wonderful job with both the protagonist and the supporting characters, both bad and good. The characters are quite unbelievable especially in the close but unromantic relationship between the Detective and her partner Bryant. A sinister air pervades the story creating perpetual tension for the reader. As the story progresses, your interest will not flag for a moment due to the twists and turns.
This is a follow up to Silent Scream. This is a book that makes for fantastic reading and clearly shows Angela’s mastery in crime stories. This story revolves around the mutilation in the brutal murder of a rapist. Eventually more killings come to light calling for more investigation because someone more sinister is at work. The investigations soon gain momentum and Kim finds herself endangered at the center of a lethal individual doing their own twisted experiment. This is basically a sociopath who knows Kim’s every weakness endangering every move Kim makes. Soon body count mounts and investigations intensify.
The plot in this book is quite breathtaking and will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a crime fiction but with a mix of psychological thriller. In this thriller Detective Kim Stone is not just a cardboard cutout cop, she is different due to her great work ethic. More of her character is revealed in this book as she goes head-to-head with this sociopath. This character grows exceptionally as the story progresses in this series.
The book outlines the true character of a sociopath; manipulation and evil. You will love to hate this sociopath. The character is well developed and interesting. Angela Marsons has managed to make the character to “pop” out of this book. The plot is intriguing and fantastic from the beginning of this book. However, there are disturbing and emotional scenes in this book. Some of these scenes are quite horrific. It gets into the psyche of the mind of a human being and shines a light into its every motive. This is a masterpiece which you cannot afford to miss reading.
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