Hidden Scars (DI Kim Stone series Book 17) – ARC Book Review

Title:- Hidden Scars

Author:- Angela Marsons

Date published:- will be published on November 9th 2022

Publisher:- Bookouture

Genre- Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

While Jamie’s cold, lifeless body lay in the morgue, Detective Kim Stone stared at the empty board in the incident room and felt her anger boil. Why were there no photos, details, or lines of enquiry?

When a nineteen-year-old boy, Jamie Mills, is found hanging from a tree in a local park, his death is ruled a suicide. Detective Kim Stone’s instincts tell her something isn’t right – but it’s not her investigation and her temporary replacement is too busy waiting for the next big case to be asking the right questions.

Why would a seemingly healthy boy choose to end his life?
Why does his mother show no sign of emotional distress at the loss of her son?

Still mending her broken mind and body from her last harrowing case, Kim is supposed to be easing back into work gently. But then she finds a crucial, overlooked detail: Jamie had a recent injury that would have made it impossible for him to climb the tree. He must have been murdered.

Quickly taking back charge of her team and the case, Kim visits Jamie’s parents and is shocked to hear that they had sent him to a clinic to ‘cure’ him of his sexuality. According to his mother, Jamie was introverted and prone to mood swings. Yet his friend speaks of a vibrant, outgoing boy.

The clues to smashing open this disturbing case lie behind the old Victorian walls of the clinic, run by the Gardner family. They claim that patients come of their own accord and are free to leave at any time. But why are those that attended the clinic so afraid to speak of what happens there? And where did the faded restraint marks identified on Jamie’s wrists come from?

Then the body of a young woman is found dead by suffocation and Kim makes two chilling discoveries. The victim spent time at the clinic too, and her death was also staged to look like a suicide.

Scarred from an ordeal that nearly took her life, is Kim strong enough to stop a terrifying killer from silencing the clinic’s previous patients one by one?

Detective Kim Stone is back!

Jamie Mills, a nineteen year old boy was found hanging from a tree. The death was initially ruled as a suicide and DI Kim Stone was surprised at how his mother didn’t seem to be too upset about his death. However, as further investigation goes on, similar deaths have occured and soon, DI Stone and her partner discovers a ruthless place, where they carry out some horrible acts on people to redeem their “sins”.

This was quite a page turner! So many twists and turns and from the first page to the last page, I was literally hooked into the story. I couldn’t even put the book down and I only read this book in a span of two days, wanting to know what is going to happen next and who is the actual killer. This also deals with LGBTQ issues and how some society is dealing with this issues through brtual schemes. Overall, I actually enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read more of Kim Stone series! Worth five stars.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

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