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Not So Innocent: Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #BookonTour #Favouriteseries

Mondays can be great days! Today is a good example as I am lucky to share my review of the latest Kim Stone novel!!! I couldn’t be happier to kick off the week with another stunner from Angela Marsons!

Hugs and huge thanks to Kim and Bookouture for inviting me to read and review Child’s Play as part of the blog tour!


Title: Child’s Play
Author: Angela Marsons
Date of publication:  11th July 2019
Publisher: Bookouture
Format: e-ARC
Number of pages: 359

Finally we’re playing a game. A game that I have chosen. I give one last push of the roundabout and stand back. ‘You really should have played with me,’ I tell her again although I know she can no longer hear.

Late one summer evening, Detective Kim Stone arrives at Haden Hill Park to the scene of a horrific crime: a woman in her sixties tied to a swing with barbed wire and an X carved into the back of her neck. 

The victim, Belinda Evans, was a retired college Professor of Child Psychology. As Kim and her team search her home, they find an overnight bag packed and begin to unravel a complex relationship between Belinda and her sister Veronica.

Then two more bodies are found bearing the same distinctive markings, and Kim knows she is on the hunt for a ritualistic serial killer. Linking the victims, Kim discovers they were involved in annual tournaments for gifted children and were on their way to the next event. 

With DS Penn immersed in the murder case of a young man, Kim and her team are already stretched and up against one of the most ruthless killers they’ve ever encountered. The clues lie in investigating every child who attended the tournaments, dating back decades.

Faced with hundreds of potential leads and a bereaved sister who is refusing to talk, can Kim get inside the mind of a killer and stop another murder before it’s too late?

The addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy, number one bestseller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.


Child’s Play. Cute title, isn’t it? Innocent enough to fool you? I don’t think so!

As always, I couldn’t wait to grab a copy (well, you can’t actually grab an advanced e-copy, but you know what I mean) of the latest book by Angela Marsons. My mind was running wild. What would come next for Kim Stone and her team? It’s a legitimate question, as this is the 11th installment in the series. What remains to be done and seen?

EVERYTHING! Angela Marsons pushes the limits again to bring us the best of crime fiction! 

Like I was saying – kids. How sweet. But when the first murder you encounter in the book is a woman in her sixties, you know you’re in trouble. I spot an intense and epic plot!!! What is the link? Is there a link?? Did I read too much into the title??? That’s this series’ magic! Nothing is left to chance.

With a disturbing first dead body and a forever sarcastic Kim, I embraced this new adventure into the dark world of police work!

Angela Marsons’ writing is now so familiar to me that I always feel like I belong when I meet with Kim, Bryant, Penn and Stacey. It’s comfortable, it’s warm, no matter the atrocities they must deal with. To me, reaching a point where you trust an author this much with your precious time, is invaluable. I just had to say it. We are flooded with books and crime has never been so popular. This is why finding your happy place, your go-to people, your – rather deadly – dreamland is the best feeling in the world and I must thank Angela Marsons for never letting me down. Her series is as strong as ever. Her characters are as sharp as ever. Her plot is as tight as ever. This book is a dark diamond!

Not only are we treated to an amazing case involving people falling like flies around the theme of genius kids, but we also get the very boring ends of work, like abiding to a schedule, when we know murderers don’t work 9 to 5! Those details about life getting in the way, keep me firmly on the ground. Kim and her team are no super heroes. They need rest, they have problems, they drink, they sleep. I don’t enjoy books which ‘forget’ about this tiny but essential edge.

I want to say a million things so this review might feel a little… disorganized? It’s okay, isn’t it???

Back to the heart of the matter! Hearts, actually… See, I’m doing it again! Angela, you put too much awesomeness in your books!!!

Killings! The killings! Wow! I’m used to dead bodies by now, so what keeps me on my toes is what surrounds them. Crazily orchestrated deaths with an X. Wow! I could not have guessed where this book was going! When the lead took me to children with amazing abilities, I was shocked. Interested. OMG fascinated. I went through all the stages. The psychology behind the murders and the motivation is simply stunning and the author captured the most basic needs and urges into a bottle, that she crushed to create an explosion of blood and feelings. Who are those kids? What are their lives like? How are you supposed to raise them? There is no simple answer to those questions, but could they be the key? Lots of legwork, lots of thinking, lots of sarcasm, and a fabulous team effort had me rooting for the good guys and exploring a world I am not familiar with. Angela Marsons doesn’t reinvent this series with every new book, she adds layers so that with each case, each remark, each breath, you connect with every detail in the most spectacular way.

Meanwhile, Penn’s time in court to see the end of a case he worked with his old team take an unexpected turn, forcing him to reopen a case, and allowing us to get a closer look at his character. I LOVED IT. Did I say I loved it??

Two cases, equally breathtaking, giving us the best of each protagonist, and letting room for new ones…

Nothing can stop Kim Stone, and nothing will ever stop Angela Marsons.

Do yourself a favour, catch up with this series! Relax and enjoy!

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about the author
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Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their cheeky Golden Retriever and a swearing parrot.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Many of her books, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.


11 thoughts on “Not So Innocent: Child’s Play by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #BookonTour #Favouriteseries”

  1. There’s that amazing compliment to the author. And how true that we give our precious time to books and authors. So it’s great when we find those special ones that you know without looking at the blurb or even the cover that their books will be amazing.
    This one sounds so dark and delicious. What a first killing!!
    Great review for a fab sounding book. ( am I surprised?? Of course not. 😉).
    Amanda xx


  2. I started reading this series, but at some point I stopped and now I can’t remember how far I got. By the sounds of it I really ought to take it up again. Great review! 😀


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