Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know. When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?
As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident. Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim? The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.
Fatal Promise is, in my view, one of the best of Angela Marsons‘s Kim Stone series so far. And, given the events of the last book, that is quite a bittersweet achievement.
Angela Marsons makes you care deeply about her characters. They are so well drawn, they are real, 3D human beings. It is the care she takes in fleshing them out and giving them complex, real experiences and lives and emotions – in addition to the brilliant plots! – that marks this series out from many other similar police procedurals.
The plot of Fatal Promise is intriguing and some of the events are decidedly scary (I literally think about one key point of this book every time I am now on a motorway! 😮 ) As mentioned above, the character development is marvellous and I absolutely loved Penn.
I was gripped throughout and, although I suspected who, I did not know why-dunit and it is another dramatic ending for Kim’s team to deal with. All that’s left to say is: bravo and bring on Book 10!
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of Fatal Promise.