Dead Souls

  • by Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by Jan Cramer
  • 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

UPDATE FOR ANYONE WHO PURCHASED THIS AUDIO TITLE PRIOR TO MAY 10 2017:
The complete audiobook edition of DEAD SOULS is now available.
The truth was dead and buried...until now.
When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.
As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.
Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark, secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.
But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she's ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy - and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger before it's too late?
An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have listeners on the edges of their seats.

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Stunning, Perceptive, Terrifying Thriller

Dead Souls, Angela Marsons' 6th novel in her knockout DCI Kim Stone series, is a standout in many ways. This is one of my favorite crime thriller series, and Dead Souls may be the best yet. This novel breaks the mold of the suspense genre. The writing is fluid, descriptive, engaging. We are given outstanding characters, exciting plots, and interesting relationships within the team.

Dead Souls takes it a step further by making the somewhat risky move into splitting Kim's team for this book. We start with an unlikely pairing of Kim (not her idea!) with her archenemy, DCI Tom Travis, from the neighboring West Mercier precinct to investigate the discovery of bones buried in a large piece of land straddling both territories. Dawson, Bryant and Stacie are left to fend for themselves, missing their strong leader, to investigate a series of disturbing, seemingly random assaults that soon begins to look like a rash of hate crimes. But latent discord among the detectives sans Kim Stone starts coming to the surface, leading to splits among the team and one detective making the fateful decision to follow a dangerous hunch without a word to her colleagues. When Kim's investigation into past murders looks like it might be related to the current crimes, the tension ramps up, and one of their own is thrust into a horrific life- or- death situation that will have your heart racing.

I commend the author for having the guts to not only risk a potential reader revolt with the temporary team-splitting in Dead Souls, but also to delve into the highly sensitive and emotionally-charged social issue of racism and hate crimes. The crimes in this novel are devastating. Reflecting on how crime can be so cruelly arbitrary left me with a sense of loss and sadness. The author conveys the victims' fear &confusion to the reader through brief yet powerful statements that are realistic, not maudlin. The author makes the reader feel the detectives' level of understanding and outrage grow as they educate themselves, and thus the reader, about the crimes they investigate.

I love that Ms. Marsons adds a dash of delightful humor to lighten up the darker parts of the novel. Dr. A, forensic pathologist, as portrayed by narrator Jan Cramer, is truly a delight.Her discourse had me laughing out loud. DCI Stone has some great one-liners as usual.

I appreciated the upswing of true heart demonstrated in the last several chapters. It makes the reader believe that DCI Stone's team will come through stronger than ever.

This suspense thriller is very well-done, with thoughtfully crafted characters who continue to grow throughout the series, as we learn both flaws and strengths of these detectives as human beings. Overall, a sensitive, suspenseful novel that is also relevant and offers much to think about. I loved this book and won't soon forget it. Highly recommended.
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- MarisaReads

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Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Souls to be better than the print version?

Problem with download. If you came to a cliffhanger ending, or if the book just suddenly stopped after chapter 100, delete and re-download the book. I did this and now have an additional 16 chapters, at least an extra 35 minutes of audio. Total number of chapters should be 116.


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- Cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Bookouture