Six Graves By Angela Marsons

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Six Graves: An absolutely heart-pounding and addictive crime thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 16) By Angela Marsons

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It’s a typical teenage bedroom with posters covering the walls and clothes littering the floor. But the girl lying on her bed, wearing a delicate chain around her neck, is lifeless. A circle of red stains her white vest top. How had the girl’s mother looked down at her sleeping child and pulled the trigger?When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother, but it just makes her more determined to uncover the truth. As Kim untangles Helen’s past, she finds a history of clinical depression. But did it drive Helen to murder her loved ones?Then Kim uncovers a tiny, vital clue in Helen’s bedroom that throws the investigation wide open. Could someone else have killed the Daynes family?Just as Kim feels she’s making progress, a deadly threat is made to her own life by a dangerous psychopath from her past. Biting back her fear, she keeps digging. And when Kim hits upon a shocking secret that changes everything she thought she knew about Helen, she realises that the remaining family members are in grave danger.Kim is under pressure like never before, and the monster circling her is getting ever closer. Four bodies already. Four graves fresh in the ground. Who will be next? Can Kim find the killer and save herself before it’s too late?An absolutely nail-biting mystery thriller that will have you gasping out loud. You won’t come up for air until you’ve reached the breathtaking final twist. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham and Robert Dugoni will love Six Graves. Read what everyone is saying about Six Graves: ‘OMG! OMG! OMG! Angela Marsons what on earth have you done to me?!… Just OMG! Wow! Speechless!… utterly amazing… had me on tenterhooks.’Rachel’s Random Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Wow, wow, wow! Just inhaled this book in about 2 hours.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Wow! My heart needs to rest now, this is an absolutely blood pumping ride that doesn’t stop!!… LOVED IT!!’The Fiction Cafe Book Club, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Amazing series and a phenomenal book. Warning: If you start this book in the evening you will read all night because you won’t be able to stop… Oh My Heavens. This was an unputdownable book from the beginning. My heart was in my throat.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘From first page to last this had me totally gripped. It was like being on a rollercoaster of emotions. 5 stars are just not enough.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘I defy anyone… to not feel goosebumps when you read THAT prologue! Angie Marsons then takes you on a rollercoaster journey that will batter your emotions and leave you feeling completely wrung out before you even reach THAT ending!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Heart pounding, nail biting… I’m sure my heart rate was abnormally high throughout reading this book!’The Book Review Café, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Kept me up until midnight… my heart rate is slowly coming back down… wow, wow and wow!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Wow!!! Wow!!!! Wow!!! This book is a total page turner and will keep you guessing with every page… BAM! The ending floored me.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Oh wow!!!… I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished it in a day… the most dramatic ending I’ve ever read, this book deserves more than 5 stars!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Six Graves was a riveting case from beginning to end. Then the secondary storyline was absolutely pulse-pounding. Angela Marsons wove back and forth between both story lines seamlessly.I really have enjoyed, from the beginning, the cast of characters created for Kim Stone’s world. Barney is my favorite, so I found his story line, in Six Graves, heartwarming and heartbreaking. I thought each character was flawless in Six Graves. They each were their best self.This is such an addictive series. I am never satisfied just reading a chapter or two. Once I crack the book open I can not stop until the last page. This is definitely a top favorite series of mine. I thoroughly enjoy this world Angela Marsons has created and highly recommend it.

Six Graves is the sixteenth book in the consistently compulsive DI Kim Stone series, about a CID team from the Midlands solving complex murder cases. Each book works as a stand-alone but there are references to previous cases and the character dynamics will make much more sense if they are read in order. This was another tense procedural which teases the reader with a shocking possibility then puts you through the wringer to find out what happened.Kim’s team are attending a funeral, numb with disbelief at what has happened. Flashing back two weeks, we learn that vicious psychopath Symes (from book 3, Lost Girls) has escaped from prison and is coming for Kim. To her horror, her DCI Woody has assigned her a minder for her protection- in Kim’s eyes, the worst person possible. Then they are assigned a case – the horrific murder-suicide of a family of four. How can Kim catch a killer when a vicious predator is ready to pounce?While I do despair that even after sixteen books and every possible trauma, Kim hasn’t evolved one bit and still behaves like a bratty teenager, her prickly pigheadedness and snarly insults are part of what make her so addictive as a character. Her terrible childhood continues to poison her life and she sees echoes of it in every case. The rest of her loyal team are the perfect counterbalance and watching them swing into action despite their differences is an important part of each book. I enjoyed the bickering between Kim and Leanne – a not dissimilar relationship to the one she has with Frost. I was very happy that the author has reverted to normal dialogue for all the characters rather than the heavy regional dialect she lumbered Stacey with in the earlier books.I did guess the identity of the killer before the reveal, and suspect the other big twist, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment in any way. The only thing I was disappointed by was the cover – the publisher has gone back to putting Kim in a bright red coat – something she would never wear, suggesting a lack of originality that maligns the book – a huge mistake in my opinion. I’m sure established fans won’t notice or even care, but it’s been so overdone in recent years that new readers might scroll/walk on by.I do like the way Marsons explores a different social issue in each book, and gives her killers motives beyond just another sexually motivated serial killer. It’s impressive that she keeps finding new plots and issues even after so many books. The ending leaves things open for the series to shift direction and I’ll be waiting impatiently to find out what happens next. 4.5 rounded up. Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC. I am posting this honest review voluntarily.
This story kept me turning page’s on my Kindle as fast as I could read them. The plot is excellent as well as the characters being great as always. You get 2 high emotion cases to delve into and both are dealt with by DI Stone and her awesome team! You’ll be sorry if you don’t read this excellent book.

Kim Stone is a complicated heroine ! I hope some day she can find peace within herself! Love these books!

 

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