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Blood Lines: An absolutely gripping thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 5) by [Marsons, Angela]
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Blood Lines: An absolutely gripping thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series Book 5) Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 946 customer reviews
Book 5 of 6 in Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series (6 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2252 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Bookouture (4 Nov. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LBQMA5Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 946 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have a new author crush! Less than 2 weeks ago, I started my first Angela Marsons book. Last night (well, early hours of this morning, truth be told) I finished my fifth. Oh, Ms Marsons is clever alright with her short, cliff-hanger chapters that mean you can never put the damn things down. But what a series. I am utterly bereft now I’m done.
Not only is Marsons my new author crush but Kim Stone is my new Detective crush. I just love her. Deadpan and sarcastic and makes me chuckle out loud on a regular basis. Her interactions with other key characters are just brilliant, especially Bryant, her partner and only real friend and Keats, the ME. Stone is forthright and doesn’t do small talk, yet she has a heart of gold under that prickly exterior and an unrelenting drive for justice.
I read Lost Girls first (number 3 in the series but although I have since read the rest in order, I didn’t feel I had missed out) and I enjoyed every single one of them, but found Blood Lines a particular treat as we see the return of sociopath Psychiatrist, Dr. Alex Thorne. Alex Thorne first appeared in Evil Games (book 2) and what ensued was a game of cat and mouse between Detective and Doctor as they tried to outwit each other at every turn. In Blood Lines, Alex manages to create pandemonium even from behind bars and her evil plotting knows no bounds. The dynamics between Stone and Thorne are so well written and I found gaining insights into Thorne’s twisted mind with regards to how she uses manipulation to get what she wants fascinating.

Tight plotting and breakneck speed chapters meant putting these books down have been near on impossible.
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Having read all the previous Kim Stone novels I was so looking forward to Blood Lines. I did enjoy it, up to a point, but found myself getting frustrated at the same time. Without giving away too much about the plot I will just say that there was rather too much of the Alex Thorne scenario, that wasn't entirely plausible.

In crime fiction I don't want to have to suspend belief, To believe the side story of Alex required such a suspension. I would rather the main story line be expanded, as that kept me interested.

Kim Stone is a damaged person and I don't mind some exploration of that, but to devote 50% of the novel to a side story about that was rather too much. I hope the next one in the series gets back to concentrating mainly on a crime, and the solving of it.

Lastly I think that the final chapters were rather too rushed, it was rather like being in the drawing room in a Miss Marple case, having everything explained in about 5 minutes.
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Kim Stone is back on top form in the fifth book in what has to be one of the best series ever written! Along side Bryant, her faithful Detective Inspector and friend, we also welcome back the rest of the team we've come to know and love.

Also back is Kim's nemesis Dr Alex Thorne, as controlling as ever, albeit being behind bars, but unfortunately this isn't enough to stop her mind games with Kim who she has developed an almost admiring crush on and it immediately becomes clear she hasn't finished trying to mess with Kim's mind.

Kim and her team are as marvellous and clever as ever and it really is absolutely beautifully crafted. Difficult to review without spoilers so it's short and sweet from me, but what I should say is don't try to read this while in the middle of moving house or you'll end up with your Kindle in one hand, while sitting on the bed surrounded by a mountain of clothes you're meant to be putting away!

If Angela Marsons ever reads this, I just hope she realises she's created a marvel in Kim, although she may one day regret that because I think there would be riots should there be an end to this series because I think I speak for everyone when I say we've all fallen in love with her books. This is shown by Blood Lines shooting to the top of the pre order charts within hours of being released. Definitely a number one and certainly well deserved.
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I thought Angela Marsons couldn’t top her last book in the Kim Stone series Play Dead, but boy was I wrong, Blood Lines is dark, utterly gripping, and brilliantly executed, although I couldn’t help but wonder how the author sleeps at night when she’s writing such disturbing books. If you haven’t read any of the Kim Stone series I would demand (OK suggest) you read them first, why? Because it’s just a fabulous series and one that shouldn’t be missed especially if you are a crime thriller lover. The author opens Blood Lines with a spine chilling prologue and once I started reading I would have sold my soul to the devil to read it in one go.

Detective Kim Stone is back, she is one of my all time favourite characters she’s complex, but due to horrifying events in her past she has a vulnerable side which is very much evident in Blood Lines. The reader learns more about Kim’s childhood, the events surrounding her childhood are brutal and heartbreaking, in fact I actually cried at one particular point and that’s because the author has written with such conviction it actually feels very real. As this series has progressed so has Kim’s character, I love her humour and banter with fellow work colleague Bryant and her cutting remarks, all add a touch of light relief to an darkly intense read.

When Kim arrives at a murder scene of a woman who has been stabbed she has no idea this could be her most complex case yet, add into the mix Dr Alex Thorne a manipulative sociopath who Kim had convicted for her past crimes and you know you are in for a hell of a ride. Unfortunately for Kim, Alex continues to taunt and play games with Kim from within the prison walls, games that will drive Kim to the brink.
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