Friday, November 4, 2016

Blood Lines by Angela Marsons

Title: Blood Lines
Author: Angela Marsons
Series: D.I. Kim Stone #5
Publisher: Bookouture
Release Date: November 4, 2016 

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace? 

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up. 

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet. 

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother. 

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them… 

A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.

"Just tell her Kimmy's here."

What I like most about a book is when there is a twist I didn't see coming. Blood Lines delivers it perfectly!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested to read Blood Lines. After all, this is the fifth book in the series. I was hoping I wouldn't get lost with the characters. There is a very important character Dr. Alexandra Thorne from a prior book but I don't think it made it difficult to continue the thread of the story. 

The beginning of the novel starts with a murder. A cold chilling one. The victim has a single stab wound to the chest. There are no defensive wounds. It's not a crime of passion, or a robbery and the victim didn't seem to have any enemies. D.I. Kim Stone is in charge of finding the motive for this senseless death until another body is found with the same stab wound. The problem? These two victims have nothing in common. No visible link to help them solve the case.

Kim sometimes likened the beginning of an investigation to a single rose. One by one they picked off the petals around the edge until they got to the heart of the case.

During the course of the investigation, Kim receives a letter from Dr. Alex Thorne, the sociopath Kim put in prison for manipulating her victims into doing despicable acts. This letter opens a can of worms and it points to Alex somewhat involvement with Kim's current investigation. The best part, nothing is exactly what it seems.  

I was very pleased with the voice through the story. We are privy to knowledge from a few of the main characters. Kim was a good character to like. She was straightforward without much of tact. She was smart and she was battling a cruel adversary. I was rooting for her to win. Alex was a crazy one. She made a mistake when she fixated with Kim. I want to know more about the rest of the characters. Bryant, Stacey and Dawson completed a great investigation team. 

At some point, I have to go back and read the other four books. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy them.

3.5/5 Fangs

Cliffhanger: No

A complimentary copy was provided by Bookouture via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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