Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

D.I. Kim Stone, Book 1

Synopsis: Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
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.

Review: I discovered this novel with its French release and the synopsis immediately intrigued me. I also saw some great reviews on goodreads and as I didn’t know about it, I was even more curious. So I was therefore intrigued to discover this first Kim Stone’s investigation and I must say that I am delighted!

Kim is a pretty complex woman and pretty hard to pin down and her new case resonates in her much more than she would have thought. While people linked to a former children’s home fall one by one, Kim will try to figure out what happened 10 years ago in this place before it closed. This young woman with an explosive temperament will do everything to know the truth and she will not hesitate to risk her career and her life for that! This is especially true when she discovers human bones in the old park. What happened ? Why so many horrors? Some tricky questions that we have in mind all along the story.

I was completely carried away by the novel. Kim is a character who seems cold, but who, finally, is very intense. She does not accept the injustice and despite the warnings, she will do everything to solve this investigation. What she discovers is more and more terrible and it saddened me as much as it saddened her. This children’s home conceals many secrets and after having kept them for so many years, they will be revealed little by little. I must say that I was surprised more than once by the reversals of situations that I did not see coming. But I was also very touched by some of the characters like this father and Lucy, his brave daughter. Besides, I was really touched by the end of the story.

It was a terrible story. Yes really. But it was also a very good novel and I can not wait to read more now!