Dead Souls - Angela Marsons

Genre: Detective Thriller
Synopsis: When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone. As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps. Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.  But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy - and the clock is ticking.


Review:  I normally don't review series entries past the first one, as it often becomes difficult due to the ongoing story, new or removed characters etc. This is the 7th and most recent entry in the Kim Stone series, and it was sufficiently different that I felt it deserved its own review. It also serves as a stopping point (until the next book comes out!) to review the series as a whole. I started off the series enjoying the story, but unsure about the main character. I will admit, while there are still things I don't like about Kim, I've warmed to her massively, and I really like her team too. Almost every novel has featured a good story, some more case-focused, some more character-focused. 

I particularly liked this one as it is so character-driven - Bryant, Dawson and Stacey, to take more center stage in their own investigations. As a result, their interactions develop their relationships a bit, and their characters are developed more in general - particularly Stacey. I only ever had a vague notion of the kind of person she was, but she takes the lead on her own story in this novel.The storyline with Kim and Travis working together delves a little more into Kim's past as well, so I particularly liked this one for the character development aspect.

All in all, I can't fault any book so far in this series, and would recommend that if, like me, you have doubts after book 1, stick with it. 

Rating: 4/5

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