Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #ChildsPlay #KimStone

Child's Play cover


(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 11)

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck.

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event.

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

My Review – 5 stars

The eleventh in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it continues in the same way….just brilliant!

I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could and gave a good pace to the book. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book.

Opening in true gruesome style, chapter one nearly had me revisiting my lunch. The visualisation of the roundabout scene was both amazing and horrific.

It’s a fascinating storyline, dealing with child prodigies, how it affects the children themselves, their siblings and the parents and how their future pans out. It’s not something I’ve given much thought to but I found it taught me something, as do all books by this author.

There is side story to the main one.  An old case Penn has worked on goes to court. He spends time with his former colleagues from a neighbouring force. It doesn’t go to plan and old evidence has to be raked over. It’s a really interesting part of the story for me.

Love Bryant and Stacey, and of course Kim.

How the author keeps coming up with these fab books just astonishes me, the content is amazing. It wouldn’t be an Angie Marsons without some brutality and shocking scenes.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 11th July 2019

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Amazon UK 🇬🇧 Child’s Play

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