Dying Truth

Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series

Book 8
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How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

 

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

 

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

 

 

Read what people are saying about Dying Truth:

 

‘Possibly the best in the Kim Stone series yet!...Dying Truth gives us an abundance of secrets, lies and intimidation…She will have you gasping, crying and reeling in shock as she draws you in and spits you out broken at the other end! You have been warned!’ (5 stars) Chapter In My Life

 

‘Wow! What a book! Absolutely addictive and emotional. This book left me with a heavy heart… There are so many police procedurals out there…nothing has impressed me as much as this one… This will definitely be one of my favorites this year.’ (5 stars) A Sip of Book over Coffee

 

Just wow. This is police procedural at its best…It is complex, intriguing, and the writing hooked me in completely. I read the majority of this book in a few short hours not pausing for breath(5 stars) Rachel’s Random Reads

 

‘Love love love Kim Stone…I read this book in one sitting, and it just kept me guessing till the end…another 5* read from Angela Marsons.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

Grabbed me from the very first page with an ingenious plot and storyline, you are on one hell of a rollercoaster ride…LOVE LOVE LOVED this fabulous novel…roll on the next in the series, I CANNOT WAIT!!!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘5 Bloody Beautiful Stars! How can I talk about this book when my heart is in my throat???...I was captivated…Did I mention the ending? God, my palms were actually sweating as that played out.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

Wow this book was bloody brilliant, I loved it.  I was on the edge of my seat hanging on to every word. It was full of tension and suspense and I couldn’t put it down.’ (5 stars) Bonnie’s Book Talk

 

These books just keep getting better and better!…The ending was so exciting I really had to hold my breath whilst I was reading…I am now waiting eagerly for the next book in the series!!’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A gripping and tense read and by the end I was an emotional wreck…Without a doubt my new favourite book in the series.’ (5 stars) By The Letter Book Reviews

 

‘Addictive, fast-paced and intriguing and the storytelling is absolutely superbAs for the final few pages, well suffice it to say they hold the most unexpected and jaw-dropping twist of all.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘I am truly at loss for words with this one, meaning it was beyond brilliant and going straight to my favorites. If you have to pick one series to read, make it Kim Stone.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Dying Truth is an amazing book and definitely one of my favourites of the year so far…If you are not up to date with this series, make it a priority to catch up!’ (5 stars) Go Buy The Book

 

‘Definitely her best to date…I was completely reeling after finishing the story!!No hesitation in giving the book 5 stars - it deserves every single one!!’ (5 stars) Donna’s Book Blog

 

‘Gripping, unputdownable, addictive, a truly brilliant read. Loved this from the opening line of the prologue to the last word of the epilogue.’ (5 stars) Goodreads Reviewer


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With the investigation gathering momentum, whilst also trying to expose the secrets of a sick paedophile ring, Kim finds herself in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Pitted against a dangerous sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal.

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What readers are saying about Evil Games…

‘Angela Marsons has done it again! Evil Games is an absolutely cracking, five-star read - I devoured it in one sitting. Kim Stone has rapidly become one of my favourite ever detectives, and in this second novel in the DI Stone series she kicks ass more than ever, and I have, once again, been left panting in the corner in dire need of a cup of tea!’ Reading Room with a View

‘I'm a little bit speechless to be honest at just how incredible this book was… one of the best new crime authors of 2015, maybe even the decade ... Evil Games is a must read book, and probably one of the best I will read this year.’ Book Addict Shaun

‘Silent Scream (Book 1) was quite brilliant. Evil Games (Book 2) is EXCEPTIONAL. Clearly, the current rating system is broken as it’s unable to accommodate books of this calibre. So I give you – 6/5’  Little Bookness Lane

 

‘Evil Games is a clever, action-packed journey into some of society's darkest places, crackling with tension and wit. And DI Kim Stone is the most fascinating character to arrive on the scene since Val McDermid gave us Tony Hill. This is a no-brainer. Read Evil Games. You won't regret it."  Mark Edwards

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‘Angela Marsons is fast becoming THE one to watch in this genre and I would defy anyone not to read and enjoy her writing… She truly has a brilliant mind and this book did not disappoint … This story has everything, it is riveting, emotional, sad and most of all it has a depth that not many novels can claim to have…  I highly recommend this one, Simply brilliant.’  Postcard Reviews

'This book, with every page you turn gives you goose bumps. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck standing up and I just didn't want to put it down. It's fantastically written, it's gripping right to the last page and I just can't wait for book three now.’ It’s All About the Books

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Bookouture
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May 18, 2018
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Pages
462
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9781786814746
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English
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Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.
When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident. 

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet. 

From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

Read what everyone is saying about Angela Marsons:

‘Marsons for me is the QUEEN of this genre. She knows how to add the human touch to each story and I just adore her. Bloody FABULOUS.’ Postcard Reviews

Angela Marsons has yet again nailed and delivered an outstanding five star read...Had me hook, line and sinker until the shocking end. The author certainly knows how to keep me on my toes until delivering a final punch that knocked me well and truly off my feet.’ By the letter Book Reviews 

‘Angela Marsons has done it again!...An absolutely cracking, five-star read - I devoured it in one sitting. Kim Stone has rapidly become one of my favourite ever detectives…I have, once again, been left panting in the corner in dire need of a cup of tea!’ Reading Room with a View

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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? 

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When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal stabbing, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution.  But as further disturbing events come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone even more sinister at work.

With the investigation gathering momentum, whilst also trying to expose the secrets of a sick paedophile ring, Kim finds herself in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Pitted against a dangerous sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal.

The rising star of the British thriller scene returns with a novel that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.

 

Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone

A Detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent.  Evil Games is the second book in the series – see where it all began in SILENT SCREAM - out now.

What readers are saying about Evil Games…

‘Angela Marsons has done it again! Evil Games is an absolutely cracking, five-star read - I devoured it in one sitting. Kim Stone has rapidly become one of my favourite ever detectives, and in this second novel in the DI Stone series she kicks ass more than ever, and I have, once again, been left panting in the corner in dire need of a cup of tea!’ Reading Room with a View

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‘Evil Games is a clever, action-packed journey into some of society's darkest places, crackling with tension and wit. And DI Kim Stone is the most fascinating character to arrive on the scene since Val McDermid gave us Tony Hill. This is a no-brainer. Read Evil Games. You won't regret it."  Mark Edwards

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