So, as I’ve already mentioned, this month I’m getting my NetGalley to-read shelf down and next month is for catching up with friends books. Now, I should be putting a NetGalley book here but I haven’t had much luck with them unfortunately. I’ve reviewed one here, reviewed one on Goodreads but it wasn’t great so I’m not posting it on the blog and another two I only read a few chapters before saying they weren’t for me, so now I’m on to my fifth book. So, yes, I’m getting down them, but nothing to review here.
Luckily, just before I started on the Netgalley books, I read the Amazon number bestseller, Silent Scream by Angela Marsons who did a First Draft Q&A Here, so I am going to let you know my thoughts today!
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
DI Kim Stone is a great new character in the police procedural crime fiction genre. She has a great sense of humour masked as sarcasm and impatience, and I really loved her working relationship with DS Bryant – especially when there are some dogs involved! (I won’t add more for spoilers)
She is headstrong and though she isn’t a typical maverick cop, she does push boundaries, the legal guidelines that she knows she should be working to. It’s a need to get things done and done quickly that causes her to step over a few lines when she shouldn’t. It causes her superior a few headaches.
There are a great mix of crimes as people in the here and now are being murdered and a collection of bones are found on an abandoned site and the team are investigating those as well. These are woven in together really well.
There is also a backstory to Stone and this is sensitive but fed in well with the rest of the story and not just dumped on you.
The twist at the end is completely unexpected which is brilliant when you don’t see it coming. (Which I didn’t)
A really tight, well-written novel with great characters.