The past comes back to haunt Detective Kim Stone when the body of Gordon Cordell is found in local woodland. His connections to her previous case stir up memories that none of her team are prepared to face, but who would want the doctor dead? When his son is involved in a horrific car crash and the body of another woman is found, Kim realises that there is a particularly sadistic serial killer on the loose. Just what connects the victims and can Kim and her team prevent the killer from achieving their ultimate aim?
After the traumatic events in the previous book, Angela Marsons could be excused for writing a slightly less emotional tale this time round but this is definitely not the case! The team are still coming to terms with the loss of one of their own, the empty desk being a stark reminder of the heroism of one of their colleagues. The addition of a new member to the close-knit team was never going to go down well and I feel that their feelings of grief was dealt with in a realistic and sensitive way.
The main murder story has a very tight plot where little clues are thrown in along the way to aid your attempt in solving the case. Due to what has gone before, Kim’s judgement is somewhat clouded and it was interesting to see a more vulnerable side to the usually unflappable detective. The theme of grief definitely runs through this book and it can be seen quite clearly in this case, showing how different people deal with emotional trauma in different ways.
There is also a sub-plot involving a missing girl where Stacey is able to show her own tenacious ways. It was great to see Stacey come out from behind the desk and show what a great detective she is becoming. I do, however, admit to being extremely worried as she was investigating on her own – memories of Dead Souls are still etched on my brain!
I am running out of words to describe this superb series, so all I will say is that this yet another wonderful book and I look forward to the next Kim Stone installment.
With thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for my ARC.