Friday, August 2, 2019

Review - Fatal Promise

Title:   Fatal Promise
Author:  Angela Marsons
Series:  D.I. Kim Stone #9
Genre:   Mystery/Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   409
Date of Publication:  October 19, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars


Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know. 

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.


Detective Kim Stone cannot cut a break. For starters, the newest victim in her current case, Gordon Cordell, is linked to a case she previously worked on. Then Gordon's son is seriously injured in a car accident. But that is not what is weighing heavily on Kim's mind. Kim and her team have lost one of their own and they are all seriously grieving.

With Kim's hands being full, there is another dead body found. This is a woman who, by no coincidence presents another link. She is connected to the hospital that Gordon worked at. Quite obvious to Kim and her team, there is a serial killer at work. Can they stop the killer before another life is lost?

This thrilling novel has a powerfully sensitive impact. The grief the team is experiencing affects them all in different ways. This grief was palpable and kept me quite drawn to this book. I loved the way this book was written and how it was layered. This read by Angela Marsons captured my attention and I devoured it in one sitting. I was so enthralled that I went and read book 10 immediately after, which is Dead Memories. I also got a chance to read the next book, Child's Play. I cannot wait for more books in this series.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.
Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer's News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion - Crime.

Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.

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