Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
It seems impossible, after Silent Scream and Evil Games, that Angela Marsons could have upped her game and written an even better edge-of-your-seat, psychological thriller, but she’s gone and done just that! With Lost Girls, Angela Marsons has made it extremely clear that she’s here to stay as the unequivocal Queen of this genre.
When a call is received to say that 2 young girls have been kidnapped and that one of the mothers has requested that only D.I. Kim Stone is to handle the case, we know that there’s surely more here than meets the eye. And immediately we’re plunged into a roller-coaster ride with Kim and her team. All the familiar players are back. Stone’s confidante Bryant, the cocky Dawson, well-meaning Stace, and boss-man Woody. They’re all in a race against the clock to find the little girls who are in the clutches of the most sadistic individuals that Kim has ever had the misfortune to come up against.
To make matters worse, there’s the inevitable background information that neither of the two families involved wishes to divulge, and a dodgy reporter who’ll do anything to get her story. More than once Kim fears she’s in danger of having the case removed from her charge, but her unorthodox methods work in her favour and she manages to keep things on track, despite her intense dislike for the negotiator she’s forced to work alongside (whose temperament seems to practically mirror that of her own). The only thing they agree on: they cannot fail.
Marsons brilliantly draws out Kim Stone’s personality even more in this third book of the series. Those who’ve already read the first two might think they’ve come to know Kim well, but here, once again, we’re offered more insight into what makes her tick. There’s more depth to the nuances of her persona; more enlightenment to what triggers her incredible intuition.
This is a five-star read. You’ll feel like you’ve been on a desperate, breathless high-speed race to the finish, but it’s definitely worth it!