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Book Review: Child’s Play by Angela Marsons

I absolutely LOVE the Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. Child’s Play is book 11 – and I was obviously VERY excited to get an advance copy. The book is out this week, so not long to wait. Available for pre-order on Amazon now!

Child’s Play by Angela Marsons

Genre: Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: Angela has done it again – yet another epic spine tingling, on the edge of your seat crime novel! Child’s Play has a gruesome plot, continued fantastic character development – and of course some humour. I love the dynamics between Bryant and Kim …There was also a secondary storyline centred around Penn – what a great way to give this ‘new’ character some limelight! This was such an addictive read and the Kim Stone fans won’t be disappointed!

You take a look in her handbag. Keats is less likely to have a paddy at you.


Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?


+ The characters, as always. Angela does an amazing job at diving that little bit deeper into our favourite characters. I can’t even describe how much I love the Kim/Bryant Duo!

+ After 11 books, I worry that the plot won’t be as captivating or riveting – I won’t be worrying again … another epic case, totally brand new, is thrust upon the team

+ The snippets of humour – that come especially from the Kim/Bryant and Keats!


– The wrap up might have been a bit too quick

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 

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