I recieved a copy of this book via Netgalley
I had heard a lot about this book online, and I was really interested. I hadn’t read a crime book for ages so was really looking forward to a great read, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Here’s the blurb:
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
I loved the plot of this book, I felt it was original and had me guessing right up until the end. There is a nice twist to the plot too, which I actually didn’t see coming. D.I. Kim Stone was a character I found hard to like initially; her character does seem a little typecast and her brooding about her past was a little corny, but as I read the book further, and got more and more intrerested in the plot, I felt Kim’s character develops and by the end I did actually like her a lot. She’s got a great attitude and won’t take crap from anybody, and I liked her determination and dedication to her role.
I liked the way we could see things from a number of different points of view; it made the ‘who dunnit’ element intensify and the suspense was really heightened. I kept trying to figure out clues and red herrings, it was a book that made my brain work overtime! The main characters in the book were relatable and you got to know them quite well, so well you almost become complacent. I won’t spoil it for anyone out there but I really was surprised by a twist in the plot, which I thought was refreshing and orginal in this time of books with an almost obligatory twist which you can normally see coming a long way off.
The crime itself is a harrowing, but it is described well and not too grusome detail. The crime itself is almost overshadowed by events which happen after the murders occur. It is interesting to have a past and a present to the story and two different angles.
It was a great start to a crime series, and I am so glad I will get to see D.I. Kim Stone again, and see more of her charcater, and see how the character develops. I know that many crime novels have a hard done by, emotionally flawed Detective in them but not so many female lead characters, which makes this book stand out. You can overlook any cliches regarding the characters because I think the book is so readable and beliveable, you don’t really mind.
I give Silent Scream by Angela Marsons 4 out of 5 stars
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons is published by Bookouture and is available to buy now.