Dead Souls – Angela Marsons (Kim Stone #6)

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Dead Souls was published by Bookouture on 28 April 2017

The truth was dead and buried… until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

Previously in the series

Book 5 Blood Lines

My thoughts

Dead Souls is the sixth in the best selling Angela Marsons’ Kim Stone series.

There are two main strands to the story. We get a set of modern bones found at an archaeological training dig. This leads Kim off in a new direction working with a former colleague, DI Tom Travis of West Mercia Police. Kim is soon isolated from her team on this murder case. At the same time, Kim’s band of merry men are on the case of a hate crime. Dawson, Bryant and Stacey are investigating a vicious attack on a Polish immigrant.

This is a tough review to write. I have loved this series from Silent Scream to this point. I have reached the stage, where I am dissatisfied with the way it is going. I seem to be in the minority. The rest of the reviews are 95% glowing. In my opinion, the series needs to stop or be given a fresh reboot. It all feels very formulaic, with too many parts to it. It lacks a focus. Marsons can write incredibly well, as we saw in the first four books. It is sad to the series deteriorate to a shadow of its former self.

Dead Souls has excellent ideas, at its heart. I absolutely think hate crime should be explored. I felt, this time, it was done too superficially. The Polish immigrant victim and his right wing neighbour were stereotypes. This could easily have been the complete focus of the book. Kim and her team tackle hate crime on their patch. It is a strong enough subject. It needed a new fresh slant. A different approach. Not this approach. It is not a simplistic subject. We needed to see the nuances. The people behind the hate crimes. What makes them tick? People are rounded complex individuals, after all. For those of you who want to know how it looks when it is done well, check out Eva Dolan.

Very disappointing. A total let down. Kim Stone fans deserve better than this.

 

 

 

 

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