Synopsis: When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?
Kat’s Rating: 4/5
Kat’s Review: I was thrilled to get my hands on the new Angie Marson’s book which is the sixth in the series featuring Kim Stone. The latest case is a little different to Kim’s norm as human bones are discovered in a field and its not just one victim. Not only does she have a potential cold case on her hands, but she is forced to work with Detective Travis who seems to share a history of some sort with Kim. Subsequently Kim’s team consisting of Bryant, Dawson and Stacey are left to work other cases.
Kim’s team have played a part in all the stories in the series so far, but this latest book offers us a closer look at all three of them as they work without their trusty leader. Before long it appears that Stacey has taken a case personally and that in itself puts her in grave danger. On the other side of the fence Kim is struggling to work with a man who she clearly cannot work with. This element of the story was so much more engaging than the case they were working in my opinion. The history of Kim and Travis is slowly revealed as we see the parallel of Bryant and Dawson struggling to form as a team.
Both cases start to unravel before the readers eyes and at around the 70% mark the pace ratchets up considerably. The last part of the book I managed to squeeze into one lunch and it was every bit as good as I wanted it to be. So…why the 4 stars? Well in all honesty I thought the beginning quarter of the book was a little slow, and I think the separation of Kim from the team threw me a little bit. That said, this series is going from strength to strength and I cannot imagine a time when I will not be excited to read the next instalment. If you haven’t read any of these books you are seriously missing out!