Published: 3rd November 2017 by Bookouture
They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.
As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.
The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
I’m not quite sure how it was possible however I was getting ready to read Dying Truth, book 8 in the DI Kim Stone series but realised that I’d not read book 7 (I know, shock horror!) so of course I had to rectify this situation immediately!
As usual with the authors writing style, we are immediately drawn into the narrative through an extremely chilling and disturbing prologue whereby a young nameless girl is pushed from the roof of a building to her death.
We last saw Kim and the team in Dead Souls during an investigation that has left the team with emotional scars, Broken Bones picks up not long after the events of book 6 so the repercussions are still very much present. However, the team don’t have chance to rest too long as they are thrown into not one but two challenging investigations; the murder of a young prostitute as well as the abandonment of a young baby all in the same evening!
What I loved about Dead Souls was the fact that Kim was partnered up with a different person from another station which showed a different side to Kim and a different dynamic to the partnership. In this book, Marsons explores in more depth the partnership between DC Stacey Wood and DS Kevin Dawson whilst partnering Kim up with her old faithful Bryant (I love their dynamic, especially how Kim is a bit of a liability so Bryant has to sometimes reel her back in!).
Once again, the author is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects, exploring immigration issues, exploitation, prostitution and grooming – of course, all handled brilliantly and sensitively whilst highlighting the very real issue of all these subjects. I think this is what stands this series out from others and keeps me coming back for more – how relevant the backdrop is to all the stories.
Whilst Broken Bones could be read as a standalone, I implore you to start from the beginning to fully understand Kim’s past as to why she’s the woman she is today and to understand the team dynamics….also they are all AMAZING books!
Once again, Angela Marsons has delivered a gripping read from start to end, at times it is a difficult read which is to be expected given the various subject matters.
Another excellent read in the Kim Stone series – I highly recommend both this book and the series as a whole.
Right, onto book 8 like originally planned 🙂
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.
Her last three books – Blood Lines, Dead Souls and Broken Bones – reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.