Wow. Simply, wow. **minor spoilers ahead**
Not only is this series one of my favourite detective series, the characters are so interesting and complex that I find it impossible to put this book down.
Couple that with a truly gripping story, with events from Kim Stone’s past being recreated in the present, this is both a deeply disturbing and emotional storyline.
What I loved about this Kim Stone book in particular is that while is it very fast-paced there was also a lot of time dedicated to her past and the emotions of the team. This really balanced well with the truly horrific crimes they were dealing with.
I also liked the way that the main suspects began as the obvious contenders from Kim’s past, but of course it was never going to be that simple! The range of characters that are, quite frankly, chilling to read about, from Nina to Symes, really does make you completely hooked on this book. What I also loved is that even though this draws heavily on crimes and characters from Kim’s past and previous cases, absolutely nothing about it feels repeated or overdone.
As per usual, Marsons provided lots of red herrings, twist and turns, and sudden revelations to keep the reader absolutely hooked. This book does use a lot of connections with Kim’s past, and so to truly get the most out of the story and understand all the links and nuances, it would be better to read this series in order, as it really does benefit your reading.
But of course, this is not to say that if this book takes your fancy as a one off, you can’t read it! It’s an absolutely cracking read, truly gripping, and I’m super grateful to Bookouture & NetGalley for sending it my way! As a standalone book it’s still a horrifyingly good story.
I would of course recommend this book, along with the entire series. I loved this book so much that I have found it almost impossible to put it into words! What a genuinely thrilling 10th book in the series!
Bookouture, 22nd February 2019