Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Review ~ Evil Games by Angela Marsons


About the book..

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.

My thoughts

Evil Games sees the welcome return of DI Kim Stone, who even on second meeting doesn't get any easier to understand. Her rather cold and calculating way of dealing with investigations takes some getting used to but the more I read of her and the more I really like her. She's maverick, rebellious, sassy and ambitious. She doesn't suffer fools gladly and has utter believability in everything she does.  I am sure that if I were involved in a criminal investigation team, I would want Kim Stone to always be on my side.

This story is really quite dark as not only are Kim's team faced with an upsetting investigation into a sickening paedophile ring, but they must also try to rationalise a series of seemingly unrelated events which are having devastating consequences on a set of very vulnerable individuals. The action, as always, moves along swiftly, there is never a moment when the narrative lags behind and there is never a moment when you aren't completely enthralled by the events as they start to unfold.

I'm always astounded by an author's ability to hold a reader in the palm of their hand. And without doubt, Angela Marsons has, from the very start of the novel, the unique ability to take a tight hold of the reader's hand, almost turning the pages with them, guiding, steering and manipulating the action, so that the whole reading experience is a bit like hurtling along at top speed along a complicated tunnel network. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel but you've no idea of how you'll get to the end, so you just hang on to every gloriously written word, and trust that author will steer you safely through to the end. 

And she does !

Best read with ...a cup of rich Columbian coffee and a  ham and cheese sandwich..

About the Author

Angela Marsons is the author of the Amazon #1 bestseller SILENT SCREAM. She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

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My thanks to Emily at Bonnier Zaffre for providing a review copy of Evil Games.

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