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Book Review: Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

Another review up so soon you say … Yes! I am working through typing up my backlog of book notes into reviews.

Onto Angela Marsons … I was kind of late to the DI Kim Stone party. Angela released the first book in the series in 2015 but it wasn’t until late 2017 I discovered them, meaning I had a whole lot of catching up to do. It was a bit like a Netflix binge but WAYYYYYY better.

Fast forward to now, I live, sadly, one Kim Stone book at a time.

Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

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

BUG Rating: 5/5

Overall: Angela Marsons has done it again – another epic book with plenty of nail biting moments and dark twists. Fatal Promise carries on from Dying Truth, the aftermath of the loss of a friend and colleague. I loved how Angela didn’t just brush over the missing colleague, she really allowed the characters to experience their own form of grief throughout the book, which added even more credibility and genuine feel to the characters. The case was riveting and also, in some way, an extension of the previous book. At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it, but it turns out I loved it. Another element that I really enjoyed was there were two cases running side by side. The second led by Stacey, which gave her a larger role in this book, allowing us to uncover more about her character. I say this with every one of Angela’s books – this was the best read yet. Although, typing this now I am half way through her next book, Dead Memories … and feel that one could possibly get crowned ‘best book yet’ in the very near future.

Kim will always equate love with loss and so will try to avoid it. That’s a choice that she has made herself. […] The person that she is seeps out in spite of herself. In her passion for her job, her commitment to her team. Her fierce protection of the people she cares about. Her drive and determination to do the right thing. She is a good person and she connects as much as she is able to.

Plot:

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. 


Fatal Promise is book 9 in the series, and just as all the previous books, it is completely and utterly awesome.

Dying Truth (book 8), was fresh on my mind and I was really worried what would happen to the characters at the beginning of the book. I mean – Angela .. Dawson .. How could you!!! So if you haven’t read Dying Truth yet, I would strongly recommend you did to be honest. To appreciate the storylines you really need to read them all in order, each book delves slightly deeper into all the characters, which is  essential to understanding their thoughts and motivations throughout the books.

Leading with that, Fatal Promise is built around strong emotions. The death of a major character is playing havoc with the teams emotions and dynamics especially as a new, but familiar face, Penn, joins the team – on trial as per Kim’s request in her denial to accept the loss of her friend and colleague. Both Kim and Stacey are most resistant to the new member, it really does mark the end of a chapter and drive home that Dawson is not coming back.

No time to dwell. Straight back from their reassignments and leave of absence (following on from the traumatic ending to book 8) a new case comes in. It’s kind of an extension to the previous book, but is still a complete storyline in its own right – Kim and team are sent to investigate the horrendous and brutal death of Dr Cordell – a morally questionable character from the last book. The evidence is confusing and before the team even has time to process it, more bodies are showing up. The team needs to work quickly to stop this dangerous killer from striking again.

As usual, Angela always allows us to learn a bit more about Kim and what makes her so unique throughout each of the books in the series. In particular I loved the scenes with Ted. Her determination is really unprecedented, she often is pushing herself above and beyond, and certainly does several times in this book. Despite the focus on Kim, in this one we also got to learn more about some of the other main characters. For example, Stacey, who has mostly taken a back seat, is now at the front and centre of the stage, with a much larger role in this story. Stacey has been given/trusted to run her own missing persons case alongside the major case, which really allows us to understand her more, and how she is desperate to prove to Kim her worth, especially after previous cases when things haven’t gone too well for Stacey. It’s definitely been great to have seen more of her in this book. Although, major warning – there are definitely moments that will pull on your heart strings – Stacey and Devon (her partner) share emotional scenes.

Penn – Oh Penn …. The new character in the book. I guess I was kind of feeling like Stacey was … how dare you sit in Dawson’s seat. However, throughout the book, his personality and ‘nice guy’ traits just shine through. He takes on the chin all the small digs by Kim and Stacey that would really make someone feel unwelcome. His personal life is just so touching – upheaving himself and his lifestyle for his family. And without spoiling too much … how the relationships all pan out at the end. I just love him. I love how Angela’s style really allows us to get into the minds of characters to understand them, make them feel so real, I literally feel like I know them. I look forward learning even more about them in the next book, I hope there is more on Bryant. He is the glue that keeps Kim together, I really want to understand him better.

Final note, this tension filled read is absolutely great. Angela has done an amazing job at keeping the case/crimes fresh and new and also at showing the effects of grief on individuals as well as how this can impact a whole team.

The story was really gripping with plenty of twists and kept me guessing throughout. I really couldn’t put it down – I even missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed … on two occasions!! Great work Angela, please keep them coming!

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