Crime, Female Detectives, Mystery, Thriller
Kim Stone, Book # 3
November 6, 2015
April 22, 2019 May 27, 2019
Two girls go missing. Only one will return.
The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.
When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?
The latest utterly addictive thriller from the No.1 bestseller Angela Marsons.
About the book
Two girls are kidnapped, but only one returns home. 13 months later, two other girls are kidnapped, but this time, the mother of one of them is an old acquaintance of Inspector Kate Stone. Will Kate be able to bring both girls home? And why are they kidnapped? The kidnapper likes to play, in fact he sends SMS to the parents as if it were a competition. And what happened to the little girl who never returned home?
The case is very interesting, it is more a psychological thriller given the games that the kidnapper makes and I really like this fact. Obviously I don’t like one of the fathers of the victims, because I just can’t stand that kind of people but this is just my opinion and he is definitely in the story to be an antagonist.
I have only two hesitations that have nothing to do with the story: the first is that I don’t understand why Inga, the babysitter, can’t escape with an identity card, since, for now, they don’t need a passport in England, at least if they want to go to Europe (as she wanted to), so the whole story of the kidnapper who has her passport is useless. I know that the English airports are anal with this “do you have a passport even if you’re European” and try to always ask you for it even if it is not needed (and I have proof), but I find it superfluous and not well researched by the author. Or maybe identity cards don’t exist in England?
And the second is more of a question than a hesitancy that I have been reading about for a long time, at least since I started reading English authors: but in England, the policemen/women don’t have guns? Most probably not because I don’t know how many books I have already read in which they arrive at the scene of a kidnapping, at the home of a murderer or in general in the vicinity of a criminal without weapons. Which I find idiotic…
I don’t like the story of the medium, I can’t stand these people so every time I find them in a books I feel betrayed and yes, this is why I give 4 stars instead of 5.
I liked the book in general, the short chapters are a plus and I like the author’s style. I like the fact that there are two cases, but one is really in the background and doesn’t take away time from the more interesting one (I’m looking at you Val McDermid).