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 murdered, the first in a spate of gruesome ki ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ( ...more
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!
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 ...more
In “Silent Scream” we meet Kim, Detective and a bit of a loner, for good reason. She is a brilliant character, flawed as it seems detectives need to be but in a way that makes her very intriguing. When a brutal murder is discov ...more
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 ...more
DI Kim Stone is likeable, flawed and driven. She was one of the highlights of the book and I'd be happy reading more in the series because she's so different and interesting.
The storyline is multi-layered and that's what gives this book the edge. There's a complex story which is rooted in terrible crimes against girls/children in the past, which took place at a Children's Home. Then there are murders in the pr ...more
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 the pact had be ...more
Within days there was evidence of bones at the site of an old and derelict children’s home; when the Professor’s continued rejection for ...more
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Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer's News resulting in a win and ...more