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You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.
In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional murder. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?
Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.
But with her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.
With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.
Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.
But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?
And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.
The multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series is every bit as addictive, original and exciting as readers say and you’ll be hooked from the very first page. Nobody does it better than the Queen of Crime, Angela Marsons.
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‘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
‘The most fabulous crime series ever written.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘The whole series is unmissable.’ The Book Review Café
‘I could read about Kim Stone and her team every week and never get bored.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This has to be the best crime series I have read, and long may Kim Stone continue! Fab-u-lous!!’ Stardust Book Reviews
‘I have been an avid reader of detective novels for years and in my opinion nobody does it better than Angela Marsons.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘The Kim Stone series is one of the best crime series ever written.’ Book Addict Shaun
‘I just LOVE this author and LOVE Kim Stone!! If you haven't yet read any of Angela Marsons' books, you're seriously missing out.’ Relax and Read Book Reviews
‘The Detective Inspector Kim Stone books are nothing short of brilliant.’ Nigel Adams Book Worm
‘Angela Marsons is a keen observer of human nature, and her wide cast of characters are both fascinating and distinct from each other… it is immediately clear why her books stand out from the crowd. Chilling and compelling plots, brilliant characterisation… addictive from start to finish.’ Rachel Abbott
‘If you haven't read any of her books yet then you are seriously crazy! What are you waiting for!’ Chapterinmylife
‘I blooming love this series. I love Kim, her vulnerability and tenacity, I love the interaction and banter between the characters.’ Goodreads Reviewer