Friday, May 10, 2019

Angela Marsons: Fatal Promise

This is the 9th book in Angela Marsons' DI Kim Stone series so you will want to read the previous 8 books before this one (Silent Scream, Evil Games, Lost Girls, Play Dead, Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones and Dying Truth), especially book 8 as there is a connection between the two.

Angela Marsons bring back DI Kim Stone but everything has changed yet the killers still keep coming:

Who Lives, Who Dies? You only need to choose. When a doctor is discovered murdered in a local woodland plus he has a connection to a previous case that the team has worked on, it is all hands on deck. The the doctors son is killed in a supposed car accident could it just be a coincidence. Then a woman is discovered dead and Kim discovers the only thing that connects them is the Russells Hall Hospital. Is that too little of a connection? All they know is a serial killer is on the loose; Kim and her team are at their worst but they need to get ahead of this case as the body count continues to rise.

Marsons has been my go to author for a bit now for great detective mystery reads but authors cannot get it right all the time. This is the second book in this series where I found it was just okay. I did not have that edge of my seat feeling at all from this book and honestly compared to the book before this it took me way too long to read this one.

I didn’t really find either of the cases in this book interesting but if I had to choose between the two cases I found Stacey’s case the more interesting even though I was able to guess what was going on before she was. Although with Kim's case I liked the connection to the previous book and I did not guess who the killer was, I just felt like these was nothing new in that case and that Marsons herself had done something similar before. It felt like this book relied a bit too much on an increased body count to move the mystery along instead of following Kim's gut to move the cases and therefore the mystery along.

I think the most interesting part of this book was seeing how the team reacts and has changed from the events of the previous book especially Kim. It constantly felt like she was off her game and in a way showed some real emotions that Kim does not normally reveal to others as well as how much she cares. As stated before Kim doesn't seem to be able to trust her gut or won't trust her gut and is just going through the motions. Additionally, the team dynamics also changed and Bryant was even more stepping on Kim's toes and trying to "keep her in line".

For me this was one of the weaker books in this series so I hope this is just a bump along the way. Of course I’ll be reading the next book in this series, authors can’t get it right all the time, right? And really Marsons is one of my favourite authors out there.


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