To be published Feb 2015 by Bookouture
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?
Fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in British crime fiction.
Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone
A Detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Silent Scream is the first book in the series – watch out for EVIL GAMES coming soon.
I started reading ‘Silent Scream’ thinking I would just read a few chapters. I ended up reading it all. ‘Silent Scream’ is a crime novel, that will have appeal to a broad audience, us crime addicts and everyone else. And it was a pleasure to read.
Bones are found by archaeologists, that are not very old and link to a children’s home close by. Murders start to happen in the present day and it looks like someone has a grudge against former workers from the children’s home. DI Kim Stone and her team search for the truth.
I love it when an author chooses a dark topic and does it incredibly well. ‘Silent Scream’ tells a fascinating tale about the sad and dark history of a children’s home, where ‘looked after’ children were treated like commodities and abused in all kinds of ways. It has a very up to date feel about it because it addresses the repercussions and the pain of institutional child abuse. There has been some media coverage of the appalling care and abuse that took place in children’s homes.
We get a rather interesting and engaging lead in DI Kim Stone, a woman lacking social skills, with a complex background. Kim is not one for sticking to the rules or for politely agreeing with others. Her bluntness made me smile. I look forward to seeing her again, in action.
An excellent read and one I would happily recommend.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for my review copy