When the body of a young woman is found with her throat cut and a knife in her hand and no evidence of forced entry into her flat, D I Kim Stone agrees with the initial findings – Samantha Brown has committed suicide. After visiting her family to give them the awful news, however, something doesn’t sit right and another look at the body confirms the worst – she was murdered. When a second body is found, also with his throat cut, it is not long before a link is made to a commune called Unity Farm as both murdered people were known to have spent some time there. With the commune residents refusing to speak and with no actual evidence that would enable her to get a search warrant, Kim knows that she must send in one of her team undercover, putting them in a potentially dangerous situation.
As soon as I pick up one of Angela Marson’s Kim Stone books, I know that I am in for a treat and Killing Mind is no exception. Over the years, I have almost come to regard Kim and her team as real people as I feel I know them so well, and it is the strength of the characters that makes this series so readable. I like how Angela takes her time to bed in new characters, giving you a chance to get to know them, first with Penn and now with Tiffany, or ‘Tink’ as Kim prefers to call her. Tink plays a huge part in this book and, after getting to know her in a previous installment, I was totally invested in her involvement in the case, hoping that no harm would come to her.
I found the setting of the book – inside a cult – fascinating and although on the surface, Unity Farm seemed almost like a countryside retreat, a place to get away from the problems engulfing your life, it was scary to see how these people target the vulnerable, manipulating them until they have a very skewed view of reality. As Kim and her team discover more about the history of Unity Farm, I began to fear for the safety of her undercover officer, not just in case their identity discovered, but also in case they found themselves sucked in to the cult’s ideals. This provided numerous heart-in-the-mouth moments as danger seemed to lurk around every corner.
The second plot in the book is also a good talking point. Bryant becomes aware that a killer is about to be released from prison, a killer who has haunted the detective ever since he was a young constable due to him being one of the first on the scene of the brutal rape and murder of a young girl. Convinced that he will kill again, Bryant believes that he should remain incarcerated to prevent another death. I really enjoyed this plot, and fully understood the detective’s obsession with the killer.
Killing Mind is another unbelievably entertaining book by Angela Marsons, one that had me gripped throughout and had me reluctant to put it down. Surely it’s about time we saw Kim Stone on the small screen?
With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.
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