Published on 6 November 2015 by Bookouture
Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons.
Angela Marsons stormed onto the UK crime scene this year and gained millions of fans in the process. This is the third in the highly anticipated Kim Stone series. It is a thrill to get my hands on Lost Girls and spend a few more hours in the company of the intriguing Kim Stone.
D.I. Kim Stone is on the case of a pair of missing young girls. Nine year old Charlie and Amy have been kidnapped from their local leisure centre. The team and the families are on tenterhooks waiting for news. Slowly we start to understand that the kidnappers have their own agenda and that time may be running out for the two girls. We follow the case with Kim and her team over the course of a week. Kim must use all of her inner strength and courage to hunt for them.
Angela Marsons takes us on an emotional and heart thumping journey. We see the girls through their kidnap nightmare and the parents suffering and despairing. Marsons squeezes every bit of emotion from the dramatic scenes and makes us feel their pain. From the relationship dynamics with the parents to the stoic attitude of Kim to the mother who has lost all hope, Marsons shows us beautifully the complexity of responses to tragedy and pain.
Kim is very much the star of the show. As a character, she absolutely shines. She makes mistakes and is blinded by prejudice. She is tough, but we can see her toughness masks so very much. I particularly like her confrontational style, in dealing with the newspaper reporter.
Another strong performance from Angela Marsons. She brings a freshness and a wonderful sense of anticipation to a kidnap drama. This is a gem of a series! If you haven’t discovered Kim Stone yet, you have missed out.
Thanks to Netgalley and to Bookouture for my advanced review copy.