EXCERPT: Bryant averted his gaze from the hole in the ground. He couldn’t force himself to imagine the coffin descending into darkness.
He shrugged further into his jacket as a cold wind gusted around the small group of mourners at the top of the Powke Lane Cemetery. The coffin was being placed into the hearse for it’s final journey up the hill to where they awaited its arrival.
Nice spot, people always said about the highest point of the cemetery. Mourners drew comfort from a good view from where they buried their loved ones. He suspected that the dead didn’t care.
ABOUT ‘SIX GRAVES’: When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.
The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother. As she begins to untangle the dark web of secrets within the Daynes family, Kim and her team discover Helen had a history of clinical depression. But could it have driven her to murder her loved ones?
Then Kim uncovers a tiny, vital clue in Helen’s bedroom that throws the investigation wide open. Could someone else have killed the Daynes family?
With the case only just underway, a deadly threat is made to Kim’s own life. Years ago, she rescued two little girls from the clutches of a dangerous psychopath who has just escaped prison and is coming for her.
A witness protection officer glued to her side, Kim must bite back her fear, as she keeps digging into the Daynes’s background and soon hits upon a shocking secret from Helen’s past that could crack the case. With the remaining family members in danger, Kim is under pressure like never before.
The monster circling Kim raises the stakes when he threatens the life of another innocent victim. He’s leading Kim straight to him. Forced to go against direct instructions from her superiors, will that one fateful decision cost her more than her job?
MY THOUGHTS: I approached Six Graves with some trepidation. Angela Marsons was signed by Bookouture to write a total of 16 DI Kim Stone books, and Six Graves is #16. While I longed to read it – I have loved every book in this series – I knew it was ‘THE END’.
So I began with trepidation, the hollow feeling in my gut strengthened by the opening paragraphs (above). Obviously DI Kim Stone’s funeral. On tenterhooks, I read on. Was I right? Yes, and no.
I read slowly, savouring each word, appreciating every nuance. The ending is at the beginning of the book, so I knew where we were going and really wasn’t in any hurry to get there. Not at all. I didn’t want this book, this series, to end. But, damn it, the mystery surrounding the apparent murder/suicide of a family, Syme’s escape from custody and his subsequent abduction of two small girls had me glued to the pages, all previous intentions of drawing this read out for as long as possible fallen by the wayside.
By the end, I felt battered and drained, exhausted, bereft, and wanting to go back and start all over again.
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THE AUTHOR: Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.
She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Six Graves by Angela Marsons for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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