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Silent Scream

(DI Kim Stone #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  34,326 ratings  ·  2,601 reviews
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome mur

ebook, 390 pages
Published February 20th 2015 by Bookouture
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've been struggling to review this one as my feelings are all over the place. This book was disturbing and horrifying, just the way I seem to like them. While it kept my attention throughout, I had to read this in pieces as I wanted to pace myself on the graphic details and content matter.

I loved the character of DI Kim Stone. This plot was complex and layered like an onion; as I kept reading I kept peeling away new levels to the individual case and to what I assume is part of the continuing s
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angela Marsons has produced a complex mystery thriller with many unique and distinctive characters. We are soon introduced to Detective Inspector Kim Stone who has no ability to hide her feelings. She demonstrates persistent stubbornness, is extremely pushy, and barks orders to her team expecting them to jump straight away. When a female has been found dead in a bathtub, it’s just the beginning of baffling murders all taking place within a short period. As each victim is assessed, Stone’s team f ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christine by: Sue/Pat/Sue friend Maggie 5
This is just an unbelievable debut thriller by British author Angela Marsons. Her book reads as if she has been writing best sellers for years.

The action as well as the intrigue starts up immediately. And I mean immediately, as in the prologue! Eventually we are dealt several murders occurring both 10 years previous and in the present. We are gradually introduced to a large cast of characters, all fleshed out to some extent making it easy to keep them straight. The protagonist, DI Kim Stone, ha
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Teresa Wyatt had the inexplicable feeling that this night would be her last."

Chills! I was hooked after reading that sentence!

I don't want to say too much about this book as I feel it is best to go into this book not knowing too much about plot. The brief synopsis is that human remains have been found at a former children's home. Through the course of the investigation, it becomes clear that the human remains may be connected to recent murders. But how? Why? Plus, young women/teens from the ch
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A traveling sister read with my 2 favorite Canadian sisters (Norma and Brenda)!

A wonderful start to a very successful series from Angela Marsons. We had a great time trying to stay one step ahead of all the twists...we weren't very successful! But had so much fun along the way with our midnight chat sessions (2am for Brenda)!

Before we reached the end we were already queuing up book 2!!

For our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda's blog:
Apr 23, 2016 rated it really liked it

I followed them back to this first book in the DI Kim Stone series. I've lined all the rest up like jagged stepping stones. They are beckoning to me.

This is heavy-weight subject matter presented here, but it is Angela Marsons driving the bus. She will lay it all out on the table without the overkill of muck and mire seeping into your socks. You get it. You know the depth to which the human mind can transcend. This is Marsons' debut novel, but you already feel the vibration of something
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Crime Fans
I sucked up every word of this brilliant novel, it intrigued me from the word go. I love it when I get a book that I can get lost in and read in one sitting, this was one of those. It's a good start to 2015 for this crime loving book lover and reviewer!

Many crime novels are a bit same-same if you know what I mean, it's kind of hard to add elements that make it stand out from the rest on the shelves. Where I think Angela Marsons managed to do this is with her intense characters, especially Detect
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
In part this book's series of crimes reminds me of Agatha Christie's ABC Murders. I understood how frustrated the cops were, including resident heroine Kim Stone, about how they aren't able to apprehend the murderer yet they need to discover the next body to have fresher clues.

In a scenario that would make Anita Sarkeesian nod, a series of murders occur, those of a lot of women who are the victims. Will Detective Kim Stone solve the murder and stop a sicko from perpetrating a myriad of cruel mis
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amongst my Goodreads friends I have only seen good comments on this author's books so I had to give her a try, starting with the first book in the series of course. And it was excellent.
I took to the main character, Detective Kim Stone, immediately. She is feisty and smart and never lets anyone score a point over her. Her offsider, D.S. Bryant, is her perfect foil. I enjoyed their friendly dialogue especially since there is no romance involved to mess things up!
The mystery is good and ends up qu
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture.

All I can say is that this crime novel, “Silent Scream” by Angela Marsons was amazing, and I was very surprised to see that this was her debut novel. As an avid reader of crime, suspense , mystery, psychological thrillers, I will say that this is the BEST novel in this category that I have read this year. If I hadn’t had other obligations, I would have read this novel in one sitting.

A headmistress is
 Li'l Owl
A most excellent read! Draws you in and doesn't let go. This is the first of a series, and I was intrigued by DI Kim Stone, and her team, from the start, growing to love their tenacious and relentless efforts to bring justice to those who have been lost. The story line was completely believable and continued to draw me in all the way to the brilliant finale. The forensic evidence adds tiny details that bring a true crime feel to the story, also adding some crucial clues needed to solve the case. ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Silent Scream (D.I. Stone #) by Angela Marsons is a 2015 Bookouture publication.

I noticed this series was very popular on Goodreads, so naturally, I had to see why everyone was so keen on it… well now I know!

This British thriller is, believe or not, a debut novel! So, I am doubly impressed by how well the plot is crafted, with the well timed pacing, and how the author made this jaded reader gasp out loud on more than one occasion.

When a headmistress is murdered and it is discovered she had tie
Lex Kent
Warning: this series is addictive! After reading the prequel First Blood, I could not get the book out of my mind. I have a ton of books I need to read/review, but I had to stop and read another in this series instead. These are really good mysteries that take place in England.

I think I liked the prequel better than this book when it came to the characters. Angela Marsons does a great job of really introducing everyone and I felt like I could really understand the whole team. I would recommend
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's a dangerous and deadly pact of old and the day of reckoning is coming.

Detective Inspector Kim Stone (I like her) is on the hunt for a ruthless killer in this multi-layered, multi-crime mystery novel, and the clues being unearthed have become personal. Having a common bond with the victims, D.I. Stone is determined to seek justice regardless of the consequences.

While not exactly what I would define as a "thriller" Angela Marson's debut novel was certainly enthralling, fast-paced and a wor

Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

After reading books five and six in this series and loving them, I'm finally getting chance to go back and start at the beginning. DI Kim Stone and her team are investigating the bathtub drowning of a headmistress. Almost immediately, a man is murdered in his home. Both victims were previously employees at Crestwood, a children's home which is now abandoned. I like that the mystery manages to combine the current plot while providing a way for us to learn about Kim’s backstory. Kim herself had sp
We begin with a creepy prologue where five people have jointly dug a grave for someone and have agreed to keep it secret. Next we watch in horror as a woman is murdered in her own home, told from her point of view. It’s a perfect start for someone like me who likes to settle in to assemble clues and deduce gnarly mysteries.

Detective Inspector (D.I.) Kim Stone leads the team in West Midlands charged with solving this crime and others that later prove to be connected. She’s prickly, doggedly pers
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Love the twists and turns in this one that Norma, Kaceey and I never saw coming. Great fun choice for a sister read that I absolutely loved reading with them!

Traveling sister review with Norma and Kaceey can be found our sister blog

Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Rowley Regis, Black Country, 2004
Five figures formed a pentagram around a freshly dug mound. Only they knew it was a grave.Digging the frozen earth beneath the layers of ice and snow had been like trying to carve stone but they’d taken turns. All of them.An adult-sized hole would have taken longer.The shovel had passed from grip to grip. Some were hesitant, tentative. Others more assured. No one resisted and no one spoke.The innocence of the life taken was known to them all but t
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is the fear of getting caught what really masquerades as a person's conscience?

D.I. Kim Stone has a predilection for fudging the rules of law enforcement. She has a tendency to buck authority, but the results she gets are what saves her bacon. Some of the niceties are going to fall by the wayside as she works her cases, she can come across as rude, cold and without emotion, but the compassion is in there, buried deep. You can rest assured of one thing – she is relentless and will not stop until
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traveling Sisters Review by NORMA, BRENDA and KACEEY!!

SILENT SCREAM (DI KIM STONE #1) by ANGELA MARSONS is an action-packed, tense, fast-paced, and a suspenseful thriller with lots of surprising twists and turns along the way that kept us all reading and guessing right to the very end.

SILENT SCREAM opens up great and caught our attention right away but then got a little weighed down for us with the array of characters that had us a little confused and struggled somewhat keeping them all straight
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobooks, mystery
This book was definitely disturbing, and yet everything in the book was necessary to the story....
D I Kim Stone is on the case when after a headmistress is killed, followed by several other murders, and the discovery of bodies buried at the site where they all used to work... this was a very good police procedural, yes with some graphic moments, but I didn't think any of it was gratuitous.... DI Stone was especially eager to solve this crime, because it hit close to home.... I can tell that ther
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
DI Kim Stone is called to a scene of a crime. A woman has been found murdered in a bathtub and the murder seems to be linked to a body that is discovered a little while later buried at a former children’s home. Kim Stone and her team must figure out who is behind the killing and why before more people die.

I had some trouble getting into the story, mostly because I felt a bit weary when the cops were introduced, they seem to be the usual bunch, a wish cracker, best friend, and the technical one
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Now I see why this series is so well-loved! This is definitely how you write a crime thriller. So much tension, a strong, complex main character, and perfectly paced writing. I can’t wait to read more.

Thank you to Grand Central for the gifted copy.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: and instagram:
Antonio Carlo
ENGLISH (segue recensione in italiano)

I really didn’t like the main character. I found her as unpleasant because she’s too fake. She seems coming out of a recipe: 1 cup of rhetoric, mixing it with 1 cup of defiance, some pseudo-humor, a teaspoon of immaturity… and there you go! These things could be a good cocktail, but if you make the cocktail without skills, you could throw it up just like it happened to me. A very fake character, without even a bit of genuineness. At least, this is how I saw
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
5 STARS!!!

The question that always comes up in my mind when I start a new series is,
“Do I need another series to follow?!”
And after reading Silent Scream by Angela Marsons,
”That’s a hell yes!”

I can’t believe this is Marsons debut novel. The writing and characterization is excellent. I loved D.I. Kim Stone from the start along with the whole detective team. D.S. Bryant will likely hold my heart though so I’m hoping nothing happens to this guy in the rest of the series. After his intervention with
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are great reviews written by my friends about this book already. I am a little late to the party, but they were so right to keep recommending this series to me.

Excellent start to a new series with a great lead character and supporting cast. Loved the plot and resolution. This will definitely be a must buy and continue reading for me. On to the next book!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Silent Scream was as good as I thought it would be. Packed with tension and witty dialogue, this is a first class police procedural. Angela Marsons created a great bunch of detectives headed by fierce Kim Stone. Im looking forward to picking up the next instalment of the series.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given an advanced copy of the dubut novel Silent Scream by Angela Marsons by Netgallery in exchange for an honest review. Wow what a start to a writing career, this book was not only a great read but paves the way to a great series with the strong lead character D.I.Kim Stone. Like a lot of good lead characters Kim's life is full of a troubled past and plenty of attitude. It's a quick read because you won't want to put it down, this novel is full of action, lots of twists and turns that ke ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, net-galley

First of all, let me say how I loved the cover, it was very apt for the books story line.

How I loved DI Kim Stone, I found her focused, dedicated, harsh for good reasons at times and a quirky sense of humor at times which came out now and again in her working relationships with ones she had to rub alongside of.

What first appeared to be a sort of straight forward case lead into deeper and darker minefields which I loved.

Each person that was attached to the case was very real in my minds eye, so t
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
boy oh boy just finished this late last night what can I say this was a disturbing read for me as to the content of the plot I was chilled to the bone when the details of the dead girls came out I couldn't believe what I was reading.

Miss Marsons I apologise for not rating you a 5 for this brilliant piece of work you had me right in from the very beginning the topic was raw & well written I fell in love with DI Kim Stone loved everything about her especially her being a foster child it made the
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Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
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