How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?
A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.
When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.
Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.
As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…
A totally gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page to the final, dramatic twist.
I am a huge fan of this series and have enjoyed all of the books in it so far. Evil Games up to now was one of my favourites in the series due to the sociopath, Alex Thorne. She was a brilliant ‘baddie’ and I was praying that at some point the author would bring her back. Well Alex is back and BOY does it make for some riveting reading.
I didn’t realise how much I had missed Kim until I picked up Blood Lines and started reading it. She is very damaged yet she seems to have mellowed more since we last caught up with her. She has a hard exterior and very few people get to see the fragile and wonderful person she is inside.
Kim and her team are working on a case which pretty much demands all of their attention. Alex Thorne though has other ideas. In her own twisted way she admires Kim but she has made it her mission to get revenge on her for putting her behind bars.
Alex has just got to be the best villain ever! I know she’s evil but I absolutely love her. She appears to have no emotions whatsoever and manipulates everyone she meets. I really hated her, yet had to take my hat off to her for being so clever. I couldn’t help but fear for Kim as Alex is not someone to be crossed and I knew whatever plans Alex had for Kim, it certainly wouldn’t be pleasant.
I actually found the whole Kim and Alex, as well as the case Kim is working on, quite emotionally charged. Alex seems to know what buttons to press on Kim and it triggers a lot of unpleasant memories. Kim’s emotions felt very raw and extremely real and at one part I was physically sobbing my heart out with her.
Blood Lines is without a doubt the best in the series to date. It is a gripping, emotional and addictive read. My only concern is how the author is going to top this book as how can you improve on perfection itself? Outstanding!!!!
My thanks to to Netgalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Blood Lines is out on the 4th of November and available to purchase from Amazon.