Title: Dead Souls
Author: Angela Marsons
Pub. Date: 4/28/2017
Series: D.I. Kim Stone Series (Book 6)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
The truth was dead and buried… until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?
My Review: 5/5
Well, Angela Marsons has done it again. Just when I thought there was no way she could keep the Kim Stone series going, she has surpassed my expectations. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is by FAR the BEST detective/crime series I have ever read. Book Six does not disappoint.
While this one was not my favorite Kim Stone book, it is still phenomenal. Dead Souls is darker than the other five books, as it touches on a subject that unfortunately is all too real in today’s world: hate crime. While no murder or crime is ‘nicer’ than another, hate crime seems to make less sense than other crimes. To endure violence upon someone else just because of who they are as a person is inexcusable and downright despicable. Ms. Marsons does an AWESOME job of addressing this issue, and not in a preachy way.
This book has Kim working on a case in a neighboring jurisdiction. We learn more of her past (which I just LOVE), and see how her team functions without her. Every one of the books dives deeper into a member of Kim’s team. This time it’s Stacey, the computer ‘geek’. She is a heavy-set, black woman who has struggled her entire life with being ridiculed. When she dives into a separate case on her own, the consequences put her in unpredictable danger.
I seriously cannot praise this book enough. This is not for the faint of heart. Parts were so incredibly horrifying, I found myself staying up late at night just to see what happens.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book, as well as all of the other Kim Stone books. Great job, Angela Marsons!!
***Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for my copy of this book, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.