So this is the second in my new Bedtime Book Review posts, you can read the first, Electric Dreams here.
Title: Evil Games by Angela Marsons
Date Published: (paperback) 26th January 2017
The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.
With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.
The rising star of the British thriller scene returns with a novel that enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.
Shamefully I only discovered Angela Marsons last year after picking up her first book Silent Scream in a charity shop. I’m now trying to catch up with the rest of the series.
Evil Games is the second in the Kim Stone series and it opens with the arrest in a particularly harrowing case of a man who was sexual abusing his young daughters. Evidence comes to light that the father may not have been acting alone.
If Kim and her team don’t have enough to deal with a rapist ends up stabbed to death after his recent release from prison. It quickly becomes clear the motive is vengeance. More killings come to light and it leads Kim into a dark and twisted game.
Initially I thought this wasn’t as good as her first book but it ended up being a tense and gripping read that ended up keeping me up well into the night. It does contain quite a lot of upsetting scenes and themes but the author handles them with care and consideration.
I adore Kim. She socially inept (the nearest thing she has to a friend is her colleague Bryant), can be rude and inconsiderate and basically lives for her job but she has a good heart and a thirst for the right kind of justice. You get a bit more background information in this novel than the previous one and I feel you get to know her character better.
I have to be honest, you find out early on who the bad guy is but it doesn’t really spoil the story because they are so devious and cruel you never know what they’re going to do.
This is a definite must read series for mystery/thriller fans.
About The Author:
Angela Marsons is the author of the International Bestselling DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 2 million in 2 years.
She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Next time on Bedtime Book Reviews, Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton.