Genre: Crime Fiction
How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.
When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.
Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.
As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…
Wow! That was my absolute first thought after finishing this brilliant read. Second thought was, well, she’s done it again! How does she do it though?! Seriously, how does each book in this series just keep getting better? Amazing.
So Kim and crew are back with another seemingly impossible case to solve. A woman is ruthlessly killed and left in her car. This is a killing void of any emotion and the leads are nonexistent. Simultaneously, Kim receives a letter from none other than Alex Thorne. Just typing her name out turns my blood cold. As the team races against the clock to stop the string of murders from continuing, Kim must face her own demons in the form of her biggest adversaries; her mother and Dr. Thorne.
Kim is as feisty and prickly as ever, but this book brought out a softer side of her that melted my heart. You learn more about her relationship with her mother, (I use the term relationship loosely here) as well as what drives her unrelenting ambition. She finds herself unwillingly caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Alex and the two of them together are a real treat to watch. I don’t know if I’ve loathed a character as much as I do Alex since Angie from Karin Slaughters Will Trent series. There is an epic battle between these two, but can Kim outsmart the sociopathic doctor before more innocent people are hurt, or worse, killed?
The character development in this series sets it apart and makes it a standout, and Marsons continues to dig deeper into the lives of the team in Blood Lines. I mentioned learning more about Kim’s past earlier, but we also see plenty of scenes between her and Bryant which is always a joy. Their relationship is fun and comes from a deep place of caring and shows you their human sides instead of the badass cop side alone. Kev may make many mistakes still, but his intentions are good and he craves approval and acceptance from Kim so greatly. Stacy is still holding down the fort in front of her computer for the most part, but make no mistake, her role is vital to the success of the team.
I read this one at warp speed, partly due to the fact that Marsons is oh so tricky and writes brief chapters that make me keep saying, oh just one more chapter. Before I know it, it’s after midnight, but honestly I didn’t care, I had to find out what was going to happen next. Full of plenty of bombshells and shocking revelations, this one was a true page turner and extremely hard to put down.
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy.