EXCERPT: ….finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen.
A trail of blood is forming in a circle around the gravel.
I push harder, causing the roundabout to whiz past me at speed.
‘You should have listened to me,’ I cry, pushing as hard as I can.
The sounds coming from her are no more than a whimper.
The blood on the ground is pooling, clumps of flesh are sticking to the concrete base.
The crying stops completely after I hear the sound of the fracture of her skull.
I give one last push of the spider’s web and stand back.
‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again, although I know she can no longer hear.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.
The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.
Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.
With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killer’s they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.
Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?
MY THOUGHTS: Who would ever have thought that after 11 books in this series, we would still be gagging for more!
And what can I say that hasn’t already been said? Unputdownable. Twisty (and twisted). Compelling. Riveting.
I really didn’t like Kim Stone at the beginning of the series, although I was hooked from book 1. But over time, her character has developed and she has mellowed (a little). She is far more human and not so angry. Still prickly, and determined to do things her own way, but just a little softer around the edges.
Bring on #12!
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.
Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for Bookouture.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Child’s Play by Angela Marsons for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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