I’m over the moon to be included on the blog tour for Evil Games by Angela Marsons. This is the next instalment in the D.I. Kim Stone series.
The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.
With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.
‘Three minutes to go.
Dawn raids didn’t come bigger than this. The case had taken months to build. And now Kim Stone and her team were ready. The social workers were positioned across the road and would be given a signal to enter. Two little girls would not be sleeping here tonight.’
BANG! Straight into the action. With six sentences, we are catapulted into the life of Detective Inspector Kim Stone. With her team, she is raiding the house of Leonard Dunn, a man responsible for the abuse of his two young daughters and the man they have been building a case against for months. Now finally, the time has come and they have garnered enough evidence to charge him. Their hard work and determination to bring a hateful man to justice as prevailed. But, as you will see, not everything is tied up with that case …
Ruth, a rape victim, brutally murders her attacker in an alleyway after his release from prison. But something just doesn’t quite fit. Kim, with her dog’s nose for sniffing out the suspicious, has caught the scent of something strange. And when she encounters Dr. Alexandra Thorne, Ruth’s therapist, her instinct tells her that this is more than just an act of revenge on Ruth’s part. And soon a very personal cat and mouse game ensues between Alex and Kim in a battle of wits in this dark and deftly plotted novel …
In the beginning, I have to say that I thought Kim was quite cold but towards the end, I realised that there is so much more to her than meets the eye. She is strong, determined, heroic and I think quite a remarkable character in possession of immense strength. I think anyone would want her fighting their corner. I certainly would.
Alex, the ‘Bad Guy’ in this novel is simultaneously compelling and horrifying. Cunning, manipulative, Alex draws you in. She is as bad as Kim is good. Before I started reading, I actually presumed the sociopath, as it states in the blurb, would be a man as it so often is but not with Evil Games. It’s very refreshing to have such a good ‘bad guy’ in the form of Alex. Also, if you step back for a moment, she is a sparkling testament to Angela Marson’s quality of writing and stature of sheer genius. What a writer to voyage into the mind of such a frightening and complex adversary and write her so honestly. This isn’t just a simple antagonist in some book, this is a fabulous creation and a fascinating exploration into the mind of a sociopath.
Where does this book go? What is Alex’s ultimate goal? And who will triumph? Kim or Alex?
I can’t wait for the next instalment in the D. I. Kim Stone series.
Dark. Chilling. Shocking.
If you would like to buy Evil Games, here is the link
Angela Marson’s website
Huge thank you to Emily Burns for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!
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