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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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Great narrator and strong heroine are both wasted in this mystery that is not even very mysterious. The author describes crimes far too cruel and unnecessarily sadistic for my taste in entertainment.The plot of the book rests on a gimmick that has been used dozens of times before in books, TV, and films.I will not name this gimmick so as not to spoil the plot for anyone.The cast of victims is plucked from every now-and-today socio-economic special interest group imaginable. Have these people not suffered enough in real life? Must they be exploited as horribly treated despairing victims to serve the plot? I could not listen to most of this. A good writer has turned her considerable talents in narration and character to bad ends,this time. I will return this audiobook.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
loved this book my first choice for my first audio book and I wasint disappointed great story and well written
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I was really enjoying the book but then it suddenly stops. There's no real ending I don't know if there's another book to follow or if there's a fault with the recording. I messaged audible who sent some advice after following I was able to finish the book and ad always it was great
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Kim stone series. The character are like family and Kim is the most riveting character of all. I highly recommend this series to all who enjoy detective stories as this series keeps you on your toes. I also highly recommend the narrator she makes the characters come alive.
A six book that has kept me up through the night waiting for that point I can pause and sleep but no, as good as the previous books in this series the edge of your seat and what happens next is a need to know you just can't pause.