Post Script: Broken Bones: DI Kim Stone #7 – Angela Marsons

Broken Bones

 

Broken Bones

D I Kim Stone Book 7

Angela Marsons

Bookouture

ISBN: 9781786813022

 

Description:

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

 

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

 

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

 

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

 

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

 

A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

 

 

My View:

The short and the oh so sweet – if you are a fan of DI Kim Stone (and if you’re not you should be) this is without doubt the best in the series thus far.   At book six I thought there was nowhere left for this author to write her character that hadn’t already been explored or plot line already wrapped up – I was wrong! This book is brilliant and has a deserving place on my Best of 2017 reads.

 

 

 

 

Post Script: The Missing Hours -Emma Kavanagh

The Missing Hours

The Missing Hours

Emma Kavanagh

Cornerstone Digital

ISBN: 9781473535596

 

Description:

 

A woman disappears

 

One moment, Selena Cole is in the playground with her children and the next, she has vanished without a trace.

 

A woman returns

 

Twenty hours later, Selena is found safe and well, but with no memory of where she has been.

 

What took place in those missing hours, and are they linked to the discovery of a nearby murder?

 

‘Is it a forgetting or a deception?’

 

 

My View:

Unique. Compelling. Surprising.

 

This book has just so much going for it! A wonderfully engaging character driven narrative, multiple points of views adding depth and perspectives to the narrative and to the main characters. What great characters there were! Everyone had something to offer or something they were holding back, some little piece of themselves and the mystery they didn’t want to let go of or share that when revealed kept changing the direction of the plot or the way you thought it was all going to work out. Each reveal just added more complexity to the mystery. Who was telling the truth? So many lies, half-truths or omissions.

 

This is a thoroughly enjoyable and mesmerising read. Unique – in so many ways; brother and sister police officers working two cases in the same precinct, the company the missing woman works for again is unusual – I haven’t come across this in crime fiction before though know of its existence in the work place (but I bet there will be more of this type of scenario in future reads), no spoilers here.   And the twists – relationships that will surprise, nothing is as it seems on the surface; family pictures on the mantle shelf displaying a version of the truth, a moment in time… a display….real or not? You work it out.

Post Script: Life or Death – Michael Robotham

Outstanding, seductive and intriguing!

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751552898

Description:

The chilling new psychological thriller from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

 

 

My View:

Michael Robotham hits another home run! This narrative is so brilliant it shines like a beacon calling you to read, except… I couldn’t; I was seduced by the story and the character of Audie Plamer and I could not bear to read that yet another disaster had knocked him down to his knees. Instead of reading in one night as I would normally do for such an intriguing narrative, I had to force myself to keep reading, I was so entrenched in Audie’s world and the belief in his innocence and seduced by this character’s serene voice that each time corruption and conspiracy of the highest levels attacked him and I could not see a way out, I feared for Audie and I had to stop reading. I couldn’t see a positive conclusion, just more hurt. It took me days to read…I didn’t want it to end.

 

This is a brilliant narrative, with meaningful dialogue, characterisations and settings that are authentic and a plot that twists and turns with conspiracies a plenty (and did I mention a beautiful love story?) Robotham writes masterfully and seductively. His passion for his craft is obvious in the execution of his work – intriguing, enchanting and fast paced and action packed, his words never tired or dreary or forced. Another brilliant standalone from the master of the psychological thriller.