Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a double dose of DI Kim Stone with two books belonging to the series: the prequel and book number two.
“Once you laid eyes on the victim, assessed the body position, wound, circumstances, there was a bond, a connection, not only to the victim but to the killer. It was that instinct; that need to know every detail, to find the person responsible.”
After my first introduction with DI Kim Stone and her team, I decided to read the prequel first to learn more about how her team was first formed… This prequel was actually published four years after the first book, but I’m glad I read it before continuing with the series as it gave me more insight in how Kim started in Halesowen police station as well as the team’s dynamics. First Blood is without doubt another great detective thriller that is both well written and suspenseful. I liked the development of the plot and the investigation, and she definitely has a shocking case on her hands to investigate with her new team… The constant references to how arrogant and frustating Dawson to work with is could get annoying, but I did have a great time with the plot, its development and its twists. There were most definitely a couple plot twists I didn’t see coming! I’m becoming a big fan of Angela Marsons‘ writing and I can definitely see myself flying through this series very soon. I won’t be surprised to have caught up by the end of 2021!
“She often wished there were things that could be unseen and unheard, but there was no simple erase button on the side of her head.”
Now that I’ve finally met DI Kim Stone, I’m not planning on letting the series start collecting dust again… And I hope to have fully caught up before the end of the year. Evil Games is already my third experience with this series, and it is quickly turning into a new favorite. There is just something about Kim Stone that makes her an absolutely fascinating main character, and I love both her attitude and her way of investigating. I also like the dynamics with the rest of the investigation team, and it’s been great to see them develop over time (Dawson is still annoying though). The plot in Evil Games is another fascinating one, and the whole manipulation angle without doubt gives the story an unique twist. It is another dark and twisted story too, and things can get quite harrowing with elements such as child abuse, rape, mental health and suicide among other things. This story definitely isn’t for those with a weak stomach! What I also liked of the plot is that we not only have more than one active case to focus on, but also what becomes an almost direct ‘battle’ between Kim Stone and the person of interest. It amplified the suspense and I literally couldn’t stop turning those pages until I discovered how it all ended… And I’m already craving book number three. Evil Games is another successful detective thriller and if you are a fan of the genre and don’t mind things getting twisted and harrowing, DI Kim Stone is without doubt a character you should meet.