Meet DI Kim Stone; independent, dedicated and coldly efficient as a Police Officer but somewhat dispassionate and damaged in her private life. Here is a woman in a man’s world, quietly battling her own personal demons and not letting anyone stand in the way of her success: ‘Her last performance review had highlighted only one area of improvement; playing nice with others’.
So what’s it about?
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever… Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood…
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. DI Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades. As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
The start of the novel flashes back to 2004 where five people are burying a body. Flash forwards to the present day and we learn of the murder of Teresa Wyatt – highly respected Headteacher. Human bones are then found on the site of an old children’s home. As the body count rises, it turns out that all these events are linked and it’s up to DI Stone and her team to uncover the truth.
What follows is an absolutely captivating roller coaster of a ride. Superbly plotted, full of suspense and the most amazing twists and turns, all of the elements combine to create a completely mind-blowing conclusion. Yep. I devoured this book in 24 hours and was sad to have finished it. All of the clichés are just true – I couldn’t put it down – along with everyone else. For a debut novel only published six months ago, nearly 2000 five star reviews on Amazon is an incredible achievement and one that is so very well deserved.
Another favourite author to add to the list and the start of what I very much hope will be a long series of books. It’ll be a crime if we don’t see DI Kim Stone on our TV screens one day…
Silent Scream is available on Kindle at the moment for only 99p – an absolute bargain: Silent Scream: An edge of your seat serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 1)