Lost Girls: Volume 3 (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series) Paperback – 6 Nov 2015
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Three things really impress me about this novel; its plot, characterisation and how well it is written. It has an intricate and complex plot containing plenty of red herrings to mislead any armchair detectives. The plot follows D.I. Kim Stone and her team of detectives as they try to find the kidnappers of two young girls before one of them dies.
Characterisation: all the main characters in the story are vividly portrayed and their reactions to the circumstances they find themselves in strike me as being totally credible. For those of us who have read the earlier novels featuring D.I. Kim Stone and her team, there are some interesting new characters to get to know, one of whom is even more stubborn and uncommunicative than our heroine, Kim! It is however, not essential to have read the earlier novels featuring D.I. Kim Stone before this novel. We are provided with snippets of information relating to Kim Stone's past that help explain why she acts the way she does. However, for those of us who have read the earlier novels in the series, more aspects of Kim Stone's character and background are revealed.
The novel is, in my opinion, very well written. It is very easy to visualise the various situations the characters encounter. However, it is also very effective in depicting some horrific acts which certainly had me wincing and wanting to "look away now" (as television news announcers are prone to say before airing some potentially upsetting items). Fortunately, these scenes are relatively short and infrequent, so if you are easily upset, you could skip a couple of paragraphs and continue reading the story.
So, overall, if you enjoy intelligent, fast-paced, police procedural crime thrillers, then I would highly recommend this novel (providing of course you are not put off by stories relating to the abduction of young children).
Ninja riding DI Kim Stone is running against time to catch the abductor of two little girls, and reporter Tracy Frost is getting in the way, Kim blames Tracy for the recent gang related killing of Dewain Wright.
Kim Stone is a confliction of opposites, she is hard but has a soft side, she is tough but she cares. In this character alone Angela Marsons has an amazing person in her hands.
I absolutely loved Tracy Frost, and as it happens saw a lot of myself in her. :) She is a ballsy newspaper reporter who goes after what she sees as a newsworthy story and Kim doesn’t like her much.
The demands the abductors make is sick and evil, nothing short of barbaric and is designed to separate the two families who are friends. The game they play is cruel and unhinged. The plot of Lost Girls is well cultivated and completely gripping.
There is an OMG moment with Suzies mother Jenny, and you can’t help but feel her pain. She really is quite a unfortunate lady.
Lost Girls is edgy, unsettling, thrilling and simply quite brilliant. It made me scream, sweat and hold my breath, the intensity is just – well – intense.
Marsons mind for this genre is the best. She creates characters from both sides of the track, they are all likable, hated, clever and just believable.
Get lost in a Marsons novel and you emerge feeling as if you are involved. All of a sudden the reader blinks and realises its just a story. This to me is the sign of a good writer and Angela Marsons has it by the bucketful.
Full of twists and turns if i could mark this book by squeals it would be a screamer.. however its a
A crime story is not my natural territory but I'd heard great things about Angela Marsons' writing style that I couldn't ignore and this book seemed as good as any place to start.
The story features the abduction of 2 girls, a case similar in many ways to one a year previous that went wrong. Kim Stone is the DI who takes her first time as officer in charge and knows the pressure is on from the outset to unravel the case.
The plot is faultless and there are some "oh my god" moments that wouldn't let me put the book down. The character build of Kim Stone is thorough I thought - I felt I liked her, even though she seems like a tough person to like. I felt like I maybe wanted to know a little more about some of her team, to kinda feel the dynamics a little more. The other key characters are portrayed well as are the children. There's a secondary story running alongside the main story, and I wasn't quite sure if or why that was needed, even though it was well written. I felt like perhaps there needed to be some sort of link that exposed something on one of the key characters or the DI's team, but it didn't seem to. And the reporter, well, I kinda thought she might play a stronger role in something going well or really badly, but she just trickled in and out.
I'm keen to read more now from Angela Marsons so I'll be adding more of her titles to my reading list.