The boy’s dark hair shone in the bright lights. His lips seemed about to speak. But his body was cold and his blue eyes would never open again.
When a nineteen-year-old boy, Jamie Mills, is found hanging from a tree in a local park, his death is ruled a suicide. Detective Kim Stone’s instincts tell her something isn’t right. Why, when his mother is told, does she not break down in tears? And how could Jamie have climbed the tree with a recent injury?
Kim should be easing back into work gently after a harrowing case left her body and mind broken, but quickly taking charge of her team, Kim is shocked to learn that Jamie’s parents had sent him to a clinic to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality.
The clues to smashing open this disturbing case lie behind the old Victorian walls of the clinic, run by the Gardner family. They claim that patients come of their own accord and are free to leave at any time. But why are those who attended the clinic so afraid to speak of what happens there? And where did the faded restraint marks on Jamie’s wrists come from?
Kim makes a further chilling discovery – the head of the clinic, Celia Gardner, was sent there for conversion therapy when she was sixteen.
Then the body of a young woman is found dead by suffocation, her death also staged to look like a suicide.
Scarred from a previous case that nearly took her life, can Kim unearth the dark secrets within the Gardner family and is she strong enough to stop a terrifying killer silencing the clinic’s previous patients one by one?
A compulsive page-turner that will have your heart hammering in your chest and leave you absolutely reeling when you discover the explosive final twist. If you’re a fan of Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid, and Robert Dugoni, you’ll love Hidden Scars.
Can be read as a standalone.
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‘WHY DO I DO IT TO MYSELF EVERYTIME????? Why can't I just be a sensible reader and savour every sentence, why do I have to halt the universe, sit in a quiet room, mute the kids and hubby and devour it in one sitting???... I absolutely LOVED the originality of this plot…If you haven't read this series than just PICK UP THE FIRST DAMN BOOK, you will not regret it!’ Bookreviewercakemaker, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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‘Oh my gosh every time Marsons puts out a new Kim Stone book, I think there’s no way it can be as good as her last and every time it’s BETTER! I’m freaking obsessed with the characters and the backstories and the cases are so dark and twisted! I’m so invested in these people!’ firepitandbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I love this series, and I love Kim Stone!!...fantastic… I must admit I did make a little squeak of excitement when I read it!... gripping, thrilling …I was hooked from the very first page! The Queen of Crime has done it again! Fab, fab, fab!!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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You need to read this series
No spoilers but this was the first Kim Stone book that wasn’t an absolute page turner for me. But that is because it was so well written that I struggled to read what was on the next page. The subject matter is very emotive, and incredibly well done.
Could not put this book down! Outstanding
Omg Angela excelled herself with this book! I literally could not put it down! Such a brilliant book! But oh my goodness the last part of the book, broke me!!!! I sobbed! Amazing author and I just love these books. I pray they never stop being written
Fabulous from the start to the end! Please hurry and write another Angela