The girl stared unseeing up to the blue sky. Her mouth was open, as if she was about to speak, to cry for help… but her voice had been silenced forever.
When Detective Kim Stone and her team are sent to Westerley, a forensic research facility, they discover the body of a young woman, her mouth filled with soil. But she doesn’t belong there. It seems a killer has discovered the perfect cover for their crime.
Kim breaks the devastating news of Jemima’s murder to her parents, who speak of a gentle soul with no enemies. Yet when Jemima’s sister confides in Kim that she was afraid to leave the house, Kim is certain that Jemima knew her killer, and is determined to find this brutal murderer before he strikes again.
Scouring Jemima’s crime scene, Kim finds a hairgrip, decorated with a heart cut in two. Then a second woman is attacked and left for dead, her mouth crammed with dirt, just like Jemima’s. A similar hairgrip is found nearby. But when she wakes in hospital, she can’t remember what happened, only the sing-song rhyme one for you and one for me.
As Kim stares into her tear-filled eyes, she vows to uncover what links the women. And when she learns they went to the same school, she knows the answers lie buried in the past. But then a third woman goes missing, and she knows time is running out. Can she find the truth before a twisted, damaged mind claims another life?
An absolutely heart-pounding mystery thriller from multi-million-copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons that will have you hooked on the Detective Kim Stone series.
Can be read as a standalone.
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You'll have your heart racing at the end!
Gripping intense psychological thriller
Author Angela Marsons has created a deep and intense psychological thriller that will leave you breathless with anticipation for the next book in the series. She has the ability to scare the pants off her readers as she takes you through the investigation of harrowing murders, deranged killers, and crimes that could very well happen in any city any where.
Ms. Marsons created plots that were intriguing and will hold your attention to the last page.
Ms. Marson's development of the characters was skillful as they grew throughout the story-line; this is the team you want on your side if you are the victim of a crime. Ms. Marsons shows that even law enforcement officers have issues in their life that colors everything they do and presents her villains with backgrounds that almost make you pity them. You notice I said almost.
The pace of the story was fast and full of action and clues, it never slowed, lagged, or bogged down.
I gave this book 5+ stars without hesitation. It is a solid, well-written story with characters that are likeable or hated depending on the character, written by a talented author who has a bright future ahead.
I received this book from Netgalley.com in return for honest book review.
Well written, captivating mystery. Great character development and book holds together all the way through. Look forward to more books.