Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood…
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
An absolutely gripping, darkly compelling, and nail-bitingly tense mystery thriller that will keep you racing through the pages long into the night. A Kindle Chart #1, million-copy, international bestseller, Silent Scream turns fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham into Angela Marsons addicts.
Watch out for more from Detective Kim Stone
A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Silent Scream is the first book in the series.
What readers are saying about Silent Scream:
‘I absolutely loved it!…This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! I would seriously put this book in the same league.’ Fiona’s Book Reviews
‘Wow. That's all I need to say… one of the best books I've read so far this year… gripping… hooks you in from chapter one… you won't want to put it down… fantastic.’ Little Northern Soul
‘I found myself biting my nails numerous times… to say that this book is brilliant is an understatement.’ Relax and Read Reviews
‘Marsons for me is the QUEEN of this genre. She knows how to add the human touch to each story and I just adore her. Bloody FABULOUS.’ Postcard Reviews
‘The uber-sharp Kim Stone has to be one of the best detectives out there.’ Bookpreneur
‘D.I. Kim Stone is the most fascinating character to arrive on the scene since Val McDermid gave us Tony Hill.’ Mark Edwards
‘I have not been so impressed by a debut novel in a long time, and I'm actually now itching for more… D.I. Kim Stone is like the British Jane Rizzoli. She's so ballsy and doesn't understand the meaning of the word no. I LOVE heroines who just do what they want and sod the consequences and Kim did that, right from the beginning… I can't wait for the second book, because this one was a top-notch crime thriller.’ Leah Loves
‘I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham… Silent Scream gets 5 stars from me - if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back.’ Reading Room with a View
‘Normally when I see everybody rating a book five stars I think 'Is it really that good?' Silent Scream is that good, and then some… a huge star within the genre.’ Book Addict Shaun
‘I started reading Silent Scream thinking I would just read a few chapters. I ended up reading it all… An excellent read and one I would happily recommend.’ Northern Crime
‘The D.I. Kim Stone books are nothing short of brilliant.’ Nigel Adams Book Worm
‘Angela Marsons is fast becoming one of the best crime fiction authors going. The Laughing Librarian
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
When a pair of murders is connected to an abandoned children’s home, disturbing secrets come to light. Battling buried traumas of her own, and seeing direct parallels between the victims and her own past, DI Kim Stone must uncover the motive and killer before the death toll climbs. The first of more than a dozen books in Marsons’ popular Kim Stone series, Silent Scream introduces readers to the deeply flawed and short-tempered detective. The Black Country of England’s West Midlands looms large as a sinister setting, in a visceral police thriller that layers the atmospheric tension—with a succession of meaty twists you won’t see coming.
Hard to put down
Thought the book well written and kept you on your toes as to what would happen next. Seems to have been well researched and would recommend it when you have time to sit and read it on a regular basis otherwise you’ll be frustrated at not being able to pick it up.
A decent series opener with some failings
Having read a fair bit of crime fiction lately (including series by Alison Bruce, Helen Fields and Gytha Lodge) this definitely felt like a first book. I’m interested enough to get the second in the series and see how things develop, but with some reservations. The main characters are engaging and believable, but I was almost put off by the writing style: in places it seemed a little forced and formulaic, and there were some sentence constructions and descriptions that jarred. I felt that some things should have been picked up on and corrected at the proof stage, and the main reveal made me go back and read a key passage because it didn’t quite ring true.
Can someone please explain this to me..
Ive just finished reading the book, but theres somethings that i don’t quite understand.
Firstly, if Beth died years ago, who was the woman that turned up to see Kim stone and blackmailed her to leave them alone?
There was clearly a difference of appearance mentioned- Beth has more harsher, slimmer facial features as opposed to Nicholas.
And what exactly has the cardigan to do with the whole fire and everything?