Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.
When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?
As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.
Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?
The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.
Fatal Promise is published on the 19th October 2018 by Bookouture. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book via NetGalley.
Fatal Promise is the 9th book in the DI Kim Stone series and most definitely carries on from book 8 in terms of one of the majority events in that book. Therefore, to get the most out of this book, I highly recommend that you read Dying Truth first. That said, I recommend reading the whole series in order as, whilst the majority of the books can be read as standalone’s, they do work so much better due to the development of the characters, relationships and reoccurring themes/characters,
** Warning – if you have not yet read Dying Truth then stop here!! **
There are three sides to this book; the main investigation which starts with the brutal murder of Gordon Cordell who was linked with the events in Dying Truth, Stacey’s investigation into a young girl’s disappearance and the whole team’s grief with the loss of Dawson.
Tragically Dawson lost his life saving a young boy during the final stages of the investigation into the murders at a prestigious private boarding school. In Fatal Promise, we pick up with the team a few weeks after this event whereby Kim is returning to work after her recovery and the team returning back to the fold after secondments into other teams whilst Kim was recuperating. What is hardest for the team is not the empty desk where Dawson should be sat, it’s the idea that someone will occupy the desk as they need to be a team of four, not three. This shows a difference side of the team, they are all dealing with their grief but also having to cope with the idea of replacing Dawson – and they all react to this in very different ways. The new guy certainly has to be strong but sensitive and patient.
Whilst Stacey was away, she picked up the case of a young girl who has disappeared, because she has history of short disappearances, it appears that no-one is interested. As a result, Stacey is determined to keep looking into her disappearance to give the family some answers. This is a great addition to the overall narrative as it really brings Stacey into her own, making her own decisions and leading on a case.
The main investigation brings back bad memories from the previous investigation and therefore also Dawson’s death. What starts as simply a brutal isolated murder of Gordon and a fatal car accident for his son soon turns into something more sinister for the team.
Fatal Promise is fast-paced and addictive with an emotional side, it is brilliantly and sensitively written. I look forward to more from Kim and her team. This is book 9 and the series is going from strength to strength!
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.