Series: D.I. Kim Stone #2
Also in this series: Silent Scream
Published by Bookouture on May 29, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Women Sleuths, Thrillers, Crime
Also by this author: Silent Scream
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The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game ... When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal stabbing, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But as further disturbing events come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone even more sinister at work. With the investigation gathering momentum, whilst also trying to expose the secrets of a sick paedophile ring, Kim finds herself in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Pitted against a dangerous sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it's personal.
Evil Games by Angela Marsons is the second book in the D.I. Kim Stone series. While I loved Silent Scream, I felt that the bar was really set high and I wasn’t sure how the next book in the series would ever surpass my feelings for the first book. Well, holy hell Evil Games didn’t exactly measure up to my expectations. It blew my expectations out of the freakin water. I have a serious book hangover here.
While working her newest case, a heartbreaking child abuse case, Kim stumbles upon a sociopath determined to make Kim her latest target.. With the body count rising and a sociopath set on a path of destruction it is up to Kim to solve the pieces of the puzzle without becoming the next victim. With no one else on her team believing her, Kim is left to her own devices to stop a sociopath before any more people get hurt. But, will Kim’s damaged past come back to haunt her in the process?
The story moves at a relentless pace right from the first page and never seems to lose steam as the story progresses. You are thrust right into the action as the story just gets even more sinister. Evil games is such the perfect title for this book and there is underlying theme of cat and mouse throughout the story often making you wonder who will come out ahead by the end. I really loved the whole sociopath angle and really getting into the mind of how a sociopath thinks. It definitely lent an air of evil in this story. We also learn more about Kim and her background and why she is the way she is.
Kim is such an interesting character. She sees things in black or white there are no shades of grey. If someone is guilty they are guilty regardless of the circumstances. Kim believes in the system and that people should be held accountable for their crimes. Kim is like a dog with a bone. She is relentless in her quest for justice. Has her past tragedies shaped who she is today? Yes! Kim is not always likable to the people who meet her. She is to the point and borderline rude at times, but she gets results regardless. What Kim portrays to the outside world is totally different from her inside, though. She is compassionate, can feel sympathy, loves unconditionally even though she does not show it. She has a great friendship with her partner, Bryant even if it is a bit not ordinary. They understand each other to a fault. All of these qualities make Kim a standout character and I know her story is not done. Little by little Angela Marsons is peeling back the layers that make Kim who she is.
Evil Games surely delivers an intense, grab you by the seat of your pants mystery thriller that will have you flipping the pages over and over again even though you promised to only read a few chapters a day. Good luck with that! I could not wait to find out what happens next.