Synopsis: 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?
My Rating: 4/5
My Review: I am a big Angie Marsons fan and think this series is excellent, however (it’s not a but as such…but…you know) I would say this wasn’t one of her best books. I had a reading spate to catch up with the series and book 10 I absolutely loved. In comparison this felt a little lacking in something. Kim and the team are back with another new addition (who I sincerely hope stays in for the next book). Bryant and Stacey are back along with Penn, and now they have enlisted the help of a new girl who they nickname Tink.
This case starts with the murder of Belinda Evans and it seems strange from the get go but as two more bodies appear it seems there is a lot more linking these murders than they first thought. The actual story line seemed a little weak in parts if I’m honest, and unlike her other books it just didn’t grip me as much. In addition Penn is running a separate story line because he has been pulled off to help close a case by attending court with his old colleagues.
Overall I enjoyed the book as I always do with a Marson’s book, but just couldn’t help feeling it wasn’t quite as good as previous books. What I am looking forward to is the next book and the return of all her colleagues!