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Kat's Review of Blood Lines by Angie Marsons (Kim Stone #5)

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Synopsis: How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

 A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring mother and social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

 Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

Kat's Rating: 5/5

Kat's Review: So another Kim Stone book is upon us and as a fan of this series I was looking forward to finding out what Kim and her team were up to now, especially with the mention of Alex Thorne who is frankly one of the most wonderfully evil characters I have read about in a long time. Kim Stone is also a pretty amazing lead character which I think is what readers have fallen in love with. Her, along with her team including Bryant, Stacey, Dawson and her boss Woody set the tone and leave you wanting to get to know them all that little bit more. Add in some complex plot threads, and her easy style of writing and yes, you have another Bestselling book by the lovely Miss Marsons!

This storyline follows the death of a caring mother who is also a Social Worker, shortly followed by a local; drug addict. What is seemingly a simple crime becomes a lot more involved as more players are brought to the mix. Family, friends, colleagues and all of those in-between are subject to the scrutiny of Kim and her team. In addition to this main plot, we once again meet the twisted crazy Dr Alex Thorne who is still determined to play Kim as well as destroying as many lives as possible even behind bars.

A couple of things registered with me with this book, the first being that for some reason it felt like the pace took longer to pick up than usual. Once it had picked up mind you it rattled along at lightning speed and it meant I read the last half in one sitting. The second thing was Stacey and the constant references to words such as 'cor'? Am I going barmy as I didn't recall it being so obvious in the last book? Neither of these things detered my enjoyment and if anything this was a cracking read and one that I felt had a lot more tension than the last. I have yet to read anything by Angela Marsons that isn't absolute perfection (or as close to it as you can get), I can only hope this continues with every book she writes (no pressure Angie).

Once again I found myself racing through this and finishing it in a day and a half and again feeling bereft that I have to wait for the next one. It is clear why she has gained such a loyal fan base as her books are pure genius and frankly a delight to read. Looking forward to the next one, cam't wait to see what she has in store for Kim and Co next time.

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