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Broken Bones by Angela Marsons (#7 Kim Stone series)
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 three more sex workers in the Black Country 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 at first looks like a tragic abandonment soon takes an even more sinister turn.
When another young woman goes missing, the two investigations bring the team into a terrifying, hidden world, and a showdown puts Kim’s life at risk as secrets from as secrets from her own past come to light.
As Kim battles her own demons, can she stop the killer, before another life is lost?
Detective Kim Stone is Back!
The one thing I absolutely LOVE about Kim Stone is how the crimes get under her skin. She will not rest until they are solved and justice is served! This crime novel opens on Christmas day! It has the perfect wintery feel, for a novel you want to be reading as we approach Christmas! Well if your anything like me, anyway! The cases involve the murder of a young prostitute and an abandoned baby.
The cases appears to be two separate incidents, but Kim Stone has a hunch…………..
The prologue tells the story of Lauren Goddard. Having grown up on a rough estate, with a selfish alcoholic mother. Lauren has had it tough! But as she approaches the age of 16 years, she is going to be opened up, to a whole other world of degradation!
That is until she plummets from a roof!!!
The prologue left me reeling and I knew this was going to be an intense read. I feel the author did an absolutely cracking job of portraying women from all walks of life, as they find themselves ladies of the night! There was no judgement in the writing, it was cleverly written with a desire to understand these women rather than judge or stereotype. I commend the author on making those characters feel like real women. Real women, you felt deep sympathy for.
“The low value placed on life on the streets sickened her”
The novel also explores the violent side of sex work. The sleazy punters, the nasty and controlling pimps! The author holds little back. She wants you to see what the ‘profession’ is all about. Loan sharks, drug addiction and childhood abuse all play their own part in the women’s lives.
“Not everyone is exactly what they seem” – Kai Lord
The abandoned baby strikes at the heart of Kim Stone. Coming from an abused and abandoned childhood herself. It forces her to re-live the trauma. She forms an attachment to the child in one sense and becomes hell bent on finding the mother. However, when three different woman arrive claiming to be the child’s mother. We learn it is much more complex than we could have imagined.
The novel has a mixture of themes that make for interesting and thought-provoking reading!
One thing is for certain Angela Marsons writes a villain, that’ll make your skin crawl! 5*