Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

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Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

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Category: Crime
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Emma Mitchell
Reviewed by Emma Mitchell
Summary: A beautifully written, spine-tingling, thriller that will keep you turning the pages from the first to the last.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 390 Date: July 2016
Publisher: Zaffre
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1785770524

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In Silent Scream, D.I Kim Stone is called to investigate the body found dead in the bath of a house that has been set on fire. As she and her team start to investigate the suspicious circumstances, it becomes clear that this isn't going to be an isolated case and they are in a race against the clock to find out who could be next on the killer's hit list and why.

As an avid reader I just love finding a new talent, whether they are new to the world of publishing or just new to me personally, I love that feeling of knowing I have so much more to look forward to in the future and Angela Marsons is definitely one for me. This was my first taste of Marsons' work but it will not be the last, not by a long shot.

I loved the way Marsons wrote this book, there was just enough background about each character to allow the reader to get a really good feel for them and each was a relatable and likeable (obviously apart from the villains but I'm not telling you who they are!). Kim Stone is a survivor if ever I saw one and she is so fantastically written, a stereotypical hard-assed woman excelling in a man's world, but with the most wonderful soft side that I hope we see more of the future.

The chapters are really well paced, starting nice and slow to allow the reader to get a gauge of everything that is going without over-facing you with lots of unnecessary jargon and descriptive narrative. Then, when that point comes, you know the one, when the intensity levels hitch up a notch (a bit like the key change in a Westlife song and they all suddenly stand-up to sing the final part) and you just know that that is it till the last word has been read, you will not be putting this book down, the pace really speeds up but is so brilliantly written you don't get lost.

I think this comes down to not having too many plots going on: don't get me wrong there are twists and turns and you will be left reeling by some shocking developments but they all fit, they all make sense and they are all integral to the story. You don't leave it thinking What was the point in that? like I have done with a lot of books before. Everything in this book is in it for a reason and that makes for an even better read in my humble opinion!

I loved that we didn't have to suffer a million different suspects and their police interviews, that the police officers actually got some time off to go and sleep and that they ate more than a snack from the police station's vending machine: it was really refreshing! I loved everything about this book and I really cannot recommend it enough and would like to thank The Bookbag and Zaffre for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest review.

For further reading I would recommend Peter James' Roy Grace series, which starts with Dead Simple.

Angela Marsons' D I Kim Stone Novels in Chronological Order

Booklists.jpg Silent Scream by Angela Marsons is in the Top Ten Crime Novels 2016.

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