Bookreview: Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

After getting into the Detective Erika Foster series I got very much into thrillers. Right now it is definitely my favourite genre. So when Dutch publisher Boekerij (which is the publisher of the Erika Foster books) reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to be an ambassador for another thriller series I said yes immediately. Give me all the thrillers! This particular series is the D.I. Kim Stone series by Angela Marsons. The first book Silent Scream has just come out in Dutch; titled Stille Schreeuw and oh my god it was so good!

Stille Schreeuw by Angela Marsons
Published by Uitgeverij Boekerij on January 7nd 2020
Dutch edition
368 pages

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realizes she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?

Now I do have to warn you that this book is pretty graphic and really gruesome at times. So if you’re not up for that I’d advise you to steer clear. If not and you’re in for a thrilling ‘whodunit’, then this is the book for you!

This series has been compared to the Erika Foster books by Robert Bryndza, and I can definitely see why. There are some similarities. Both have a badass woman as a detective, both have short and snappy chapters ánd both have chapters from the perspective of the murderer. So if you love Robert Bryndza’s books, you’re definitely going to like this too!

I read this book really quickly, I could simply not put it down. It really is a pageturner. You just want to know so badly what happened and who did it that you just keep on reading. There are so many things happening in this book, so many twists and turns. I really did not see coming where the book was heading. Up until the big reveal I had no clue who the killer was. I must admit, this book is very complicated. There’s a lot of information and a lot of events that all connect somehow. So you really do have to pay attention to all the details in order to get it. But I kinda love that. I love how in the end all the puzzle pieces slowly clicked together.

I also really loved D.I. Kim Stone. She’s badass, doesn’t follow the rules and she may be a little cold towards others. But I loved her mentality. No nonsense, just get it done. In this book, we got a bit of backstory of her and I really hope that in the next books we’ll get to learn even more about her.

I really enjoyed this thriller! And I can hardly wait for the next one; Evil Games. In Dutch, it will come out this Summer, titled Kwaad Bloed. I am very excited to read more and uncover more murders. There is a lot more because in English there are already 12 books in this series!

*This book was kindly gifted to me by the Dutch publisher

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