Published: 28th April 2017 (Bookouture)
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?
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.
I am a massive fan of this series, as this is book six I recommend that you read the first five books before embarking on Dead Souls. You can read my thoughts on some of the previous books here: Evil Games (book 2) | Play Dead (book 4) | Blood Lines (book 5)
Dead Souls is another fabulous book featuring DI Kim Stone and her team. Once again, I’m calling it that this is the best book in the series yet, however to be fair I say that about them all as they just keep getting better and better as the relationships build between the team and we learn more about Kim herself. Kim is a brilliant protagonist, successful and flawed all at the same time.
Forensic archaeologist, Dr A. is conducting a routine archaeological dig as part of training for her students – but it suddenly becomes a real-life crime scene when human remains are actually found. Kim is bought in and the remains turn out to be from more than one individual which then opens a complex investigation. However, due to the location of the human remains, on the boundary of two police forces, Kim is tasked with working with Detective Travis. It is clear from the outset that there is unfavourable history between them so Kim is not particularly pleased with this pairing.
What I loved about this book is seeing Kim’s dynamic with a different partner and force as well as seeing Kim’s team working without her on a complex hate crimes case. This showed different sides of them all, their weaknesses and strengths when not relying on the usual team and also how well they do work as a team, complimenting each other.
I love Angela Marsons’ work and that she is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects head on with one of my all-time favourite detectives. Some of this book isn’t easy reading (which it shouldn’t be when looking into hate crimes) but it is intriguing (and disturbing) to understand what goes on in these people’s heads and it’s very, sadly, topical.
Once again, Angela Marsons has delivered a gripping, fast paced book with brilliant investigations through her short, snappy chapters (my favourite type of chapter!) that is addictive through to the very end.
I cannot wait for book seven, Broken Bones to come out in November!
Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon Bestselling DI Kim Stone series – Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines, Dead Souls and now Broken Bones. 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 20 languages.
Her last two books – Blood Lines and Dead Souls – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.