I am super excited to share my review with you today for Hidden Scars by Angela Marsons….Which is out now!
The boy’s dark hair shone in the bright lights. His lips seemed about to speak. But his body was cold and his blue eyes would never open again.
When a nineteen-year-old boy, Jamie Mills, is found hanging from a tree in a local park, his death is ruled a suicide. Detective Kim Stone’s instincts tell her something isn’t right. Why, when his mother is told, does she not break down in tears? And how could Jamie have climbed the tree with a recent injury?
Kim should be easing back into work gently after a harrowing case left her body and mind broken, but quickly taking charge of her team, Kim is shocked to learn that Jamie’s parents had sent him to a clinic to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality.
The clues to smashing open this disturbing case lie behind the old Victorian walls of the clinic, run by the Gardner family. They claim that patients come of their own accord and are free to leave at any time. But why are those who attended the clinic so afraid to speak of what happens there? And where did the faded restraint marks on Jamie’s wrists come from?
Kim makes a further chilling discovery – the head of the clinic, Celia Gardner, was sent there for conversion therapy when she was sixteen.
Then the body of a young woman is found dead by suffocation, her death also staged to look like a suicide.
Scarred from a previous case that nearly took her life, can Kim unearth the dark secrets within the Gardner family and is she strong enough to stop a terrifying killer silencing the clinic’s previous patients one by one?
A compulsive page-turner that will have your heart hammering in your chest and leave you absolutely reeling when you discover the explosive final twist. If you’re a fan of Karin Slaughter, Val McDermid, and Robert Dugoni, you’ll love Hidden Scars.
Hopefully you all know by now how much I love this series and with every review I write for each book I honestly struggle to put into words how good the book is. I honestly feel like I am constantly repeating myself! But clearly Marsons doesn’t have that problem. From the word go she pulls you into the story and keeps you there until the very last page.
Each book she writes is fresh and has a new angle on things. I am literally blown away by how good this series is. I keep saying it and will say it again….this is her best book yet…..Each book simply gets better and better there is no doubt about that.
I love that I feel like I am catching up with old friends. And for me they feel so real. Set in the Black Country where I live. But in this story we are transported to the rural side over of the area over Bridgenorth way. What us Black Country people call the scenic quiet side. So you would not expect any kind of crime to happen this way. Which is one of the things I loved about this story. When Marsons puts a whole new spin on things.
Hidden Scars is so, so good! It has totally blown me away. Ticking all the boxes for me….I can’t recommend it enough. Giving it all the stars. Now I can’t wait to see what is in store for us next.
Massive thank you to Kim Nash for a copy and for inviting me to take part on this tour.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 5 million in 7 years.
She lives in Worcestershire with her partner and their 2 cheeky Golden Retrievers.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 28 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise, Dead Memories and Hidden Scars reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.
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