Publication date: 13th November, 2020.
You have to stop me from hurting anyone else. I don’t want to do these horrible things. Help me before I’m forced to do it again. And I will do it again because I have no choice. I’ve never had a choice.
In a busy shopping centre, a little girl clutches a teddy bear, clinging to it in the absence of her mother, Katrina. Hours later, Katrina’s body is discovered in an abandoned building. For Detective Kim Stone, it looks like a quick, functional kill. But Kim’s instincts tell her there’s more to this senseless murder than meets the eye. What was the motive for killing a young mother out shopping with her child?
Days later, a second victim is found in a local park, her neck broken just like Katrina’s and her six-year-old son missing.
With her colleague, Detective Stacey Wood, working on another unsolved crime and a member of the team grieving the loss of a close relative, Kim is struggling to make inroads on what is fast becoming a complex case. And when a handwritten letter from the killer lands on Kim’s desk addressed to her, and pleading for help, she knows time is running out to bring the little boy home alive.
With the support of a handwriting analyst and profiler, Kim and the team begin to get inside the mind of the killer and make a shocking discovery.
Some of the victims have scratch marks on their wrists.
But these are no random scratches. The killer is using them to communicate with someone. The question is… with whom?
And if Kim doesn’t find them soon, another innocent soul will die.
The multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series is every bit as addictive, original and exciting as readers say and you’ll be hooked from the very first page. Nobody does it better than the Queen of Crime, Angela Marsons.
About the author
Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 4 million in 5 years.
She lives in Worcestershire with her partner and their 2 cheeky Golden Retrievers.
She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.
After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.
She is signed to Bookouture.com for a total of 28 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.
Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.
Wow! ‘Deadly Cry’ is a nail-biting instalment in the Kim Stone series and I loved it. There’s a murderer to catch, a puzzle to solve and a missing child, and that’s just the start. The story later crashes into a shocking denouement that left me open mouthed. I was like… what? No… Ooh… (no spoilers)!
I love Stacey’s character and I really enjoyed the chapters where she was investigating the historic rape cases. The team dynamics are brilliant and make for an absolutely addictive read, especially during the tense moments and boy were there some to remember. ‘Deadly Cry’ had them in abundance.
The handwriting expert chapters were fascinating and I love how well researched they were. I gained a lot of insight into what happens in that profession so I learned something new – bonus.
This book is cleverly plotted, fast moving and a stunning piece of detective fiction. It had me guessing at the why and who throughout and DI Kim Stone is a legend. As a side comment, I love the chapter in which she purchases the bike frame – very witty.
If you love a twisty police procedural that once it’s sucked you in, you can’t put it down, then this is your book. Another fantastic addition to Angela Marsons’ series and definitely not one to be missed!
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