About the Book
They thought they were safe. They were wrong.
The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone - one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.
As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.
At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered. The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.
DI Stone, along with her team, take on several cases that start out as seemingly unrelated. Whether it’s committing a murder or exploiting vulnerable people, the story is filled with all manner of villains. As the story progresses, links between these events are discovered and the final reveal offers up a number of surprises. I sure didn’t guess who the murderer was.
This book shows us that the world is not black and white, shades of grey abound, and everyone is hiding something. This holds true for all the characters, the police included.
This is my first DI Kim Stone book, so I realise I am at a disadvantage in knowing the recurring characters. It’s a diverse team and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but they all seem to be open to taking on feedback which shows the amount of trust they have in each other.
While for the most part, I felt I understood the characters and their background, I did feel that there were too many spoilers for previous books contained here. Not having read the earlier books, I can only guess at this time.
The book is fast-paced and we regularly switch between scenes and locations as we follow DI Stone’s team during their investigations. As an aside, it would not surprise me to see these books produced as a TV series some day. I think they would translate very well.