They thought they were safe. They were wrong. The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood. As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered. The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
I have enjoyed all of Angela Marsons’s Kim Stone books and this is no exception. It’s another dark, complex, multi-layered mystery with a good sideline in the team’s relationships and interactions. (Who knew Dawson was such a good guy!) The stories are always cleverly plotted and well-written although I did find the sections with Roxanne and Robertston’s frustrating because you knew there was something very wrong and you wanted to reach out and stop the characters in their tracks!
Again, Angela Marsons has managed to portray some very creepy, seedy, distressing themes and the inter-team banter helps to lighten the mood to stop it being oppressively bleak. I’m already looking forward to the next book and am hoping for more Barney next time! 🙂
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of Broken Bones. 4.5/5