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Book Review: Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

I feel super lucky to have received an ARC copy of the incredible new Kim Stone book, Dead Memories, by Angela Marsons this week.

It’s available for preorder NOW on Amazon – with a release date of 22nd February 2019. (Not long to wait!)

Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

Genre: Fiction/Crime Fiction/Crime, Thriller & Mystery

BUG Rating: 5/5

Overall: Utterly gripping – The storyline follows Kim’s past being dug up and laid out publicly for all to see. Memories she’s been determined to keep well buried even from herself. Who even managed to find out all her secrets? Traumatic events from Kim’s past are being reenacted by a mastermind killer, who is determined to make her relive and suffer the horrendous ordeals from her past to ultimately destroy her. Will Kim be able to keep it all together? Can she face her past in order to stop more brutal killings? The team are in a race against time to find the killer. This is another amazing book by Angela Marsons. If you are new to the Kim Stone series, you should definitely start from the beginning, especially as this book really brings back to life a lot of past cases and villains. It’s pretty essential to understand the back story. The storyline is brutal, gruesome, and brilliant, everything you expect to see in an Angela Marsons book. The book kept me gasping, guessing and jumping throughout. If it’s not already on it, you must add this to your TBR list!

You’re compounding hurt on top of hurt on top of anger. Imagine a cupboard door full of clothes and yet you just keep buying new ones. You open the cupboard door and just throw the garment in without looking and then slam the door closed. Eventually, what’s going to happen?


She ruined their lives. Now they’re going to destroy hers.

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life. They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death. Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator. The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone, every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the deaths of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible. Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent. But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

We’ve been craving more and boy did we get it .. Angela Marsons’ latest DI Kim Stone book, Dead Memories, (#10) did not disappoint!

The book had it all, from seriously gruesome scenes and twists and turns at every opportunity, some red herrings thrown in and of course some seriously amazing characters. Throughout the course of the book I was constantly left guessing, from the huge line up of suspects, who the real killer/mastermind was.

The first crime scene in this story starts were it all began for Kim. The scene where her horrific childhood was first exposed, in the very same block of flats where she was rescued from being chained to a radiator along side her twin brother who did not make it through their horrendous ordeal and died in her arms. How chilling would it be to enter the crime scene and be taken back 30 years, with the same sight right in front of you? 

Kim is obviously convinced this is just a coincidence, in her attempt to keep the her past well and truly buried … until the killer strikes again and the next crime reenacts another traumatic event from her past. Will she now be forced to reveal all to her team to enable them to catch the killer?

Kim Stone’s life is literally laid bare in this book for all to see. She tried so hard to keep her past hidden and buried deep inside and now she has to face it, publicly, in front of her closest friends/colleagues. I LOVED IT.

As the team try to identify the mastermind behind the crimes, they realise it has to be someone who really, really hates Kim (there’s a long list!) – which sees the return of many of her darkest, horrifying past cases and villains as they try to identify who it could be. The team are joined by profiler, Alison Lowe, who aides them to examine the evidence/profiles to determine who from the ‘who hate’s Kim list’ could be able to act out such acts of revenge! I have actually come to appreciate Alison, and even like her this book. Alison is a fresh addition to the book (although having appeared in a previous case). She brings both tension and humour to the team. Alison is also trying to solve an old case from her previous assignment, which she ultimately gets help with from Stacey. I love the second case story in this too. I do hope there is room for Alison in a future instalment – I’d love to get to know her better and see how hers and Kim’s relationship evolves.

Whilst talking about the characters, as usual, the bond between Kim and Bryant is ever present. I appreciate how Angela manages, despite the gruesome and brutal storyline, to bring  in some humour. I absolutely love the duo’s dynamics and grateful to see more of it in each book. As I said in my previous review of book number 9, I feel totally invested in the characters. I feel like I have really become to know them over the books and truly believe this is what makes me keep coming back for more!

I won’t give anymore of the plot away, but to say this series gets better and better is an understatement. There’s one small criticism … but i couldn’t bring myself to downgrading my rating at all. I’ve read so many books over the last year, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember all the finer details – as the team focused on specific past killers, it would have been good to have a quick refresher of the crimes/storyline – I found myself a couple of times having to refer back to notes/highlights from the past books to try and refresh my memory.

That said, this book is still completely outstanding, full of great plots, and lots of twists and turns. I could literally feel my heart racing as I turned each page. It was definitely one of those books I couldn’t put down and I finished it in a record two nights!

Excellent work, as usual Angela, and I hope there will be another instalment in the very near future.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from NetGalley / 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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