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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 60s 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 best seller Angela Marsons explores the dark side of child prodigies and will have you absolutely hooked.

©2019 Angela Marsons (P)2019 Bookouture

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Really good!

not often a novel keeps you so fully engaged to the last word! really clever plot !

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Always a pleasure with Angela Marsons' Kim Stone

Great story line, great dialogue among Kim Stone and her colleagues. The narrator brought Kim Stone to life, very enjoyable. Can't wait for the next installment.

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The narrator makes everyone in this book sound so angry and aggressive all the time. The tone never changes. I enjoy the story but have nearly given up several times because of narration.

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Good read

This could just about be a stand alone and not one of a series. Well written, so easily listened to. If reading the author's style has you fly through the pages. Good story well researched.

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  • LoudFire
  • 24-07-2019

as always an excellent story with shocking ending

love the author love the narrator. thank you again for an entertaining story. Listen to it in two sittings!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 15-07-2019

Another excellent addition to the Kim Stone series

I love Kim and her crew. I love Angela Marsons’ writing and Jan Cramer’s narration. I look forward to every book in this series. This did not disappoint.

The opening murder (yes, there are more than one) is pretty gruesome. Someone is playing a game. What is the murderer’s reason? Who is the murderer? What does he or she have to do with child geniuses? Are the crimes related? Tough tasks for Kim and her team.

This book is less on the personal lives of the CID team and more on how they work together. Pen has been recalled to his last post to testify at a trial and newcomer “Tink” joins the crew.

Frankly, I didn’t figure out The Who-done-it until the end. That’s a good thing. This is vintage Marsons and I’ve already started awaiting the next in the Kim series.

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  • Kerry Lynn Wilson
  • 02-06-2021

Another Great One

Another Great one by Angela Marsons!! Interesting plot and delved into a new world for me. Loving the Kim Stone series and how great I finished this up on the first day of Pride Month! Happy Pride!!

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  • Peggy
  • 31-01-2021

As always, Marson delights

I really enjoyed this book. The story, two story lines actually, are well plotted and all the characters vividly composed. The narration is top notch.

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  • Dr. B
  • 07-12-2020

Another great book

Another great book in the DI Kim Stone series. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • angela brothers
  • 19-10-2020

less interesting that prior novels

I really paid no attention to this one. I just listened to get through. For me it just wasn't all that interesting. but I love the characters and try to go through the list in order to keep up with their personal stories.

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  • Jackie T
  • 20-08-2020

Suspenseful

Intriguing and scary at its best. You never know what is going to happen next. The voice of the narrator made you hold your breath.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-2020

Slightly different approach - still great

More characters than usual to follow - but both crimes in this book were great to follow and both kept me wanting more!

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  • EQReader
  • 15-05-2020

Too many suspects for audio book

This story might have worked fine in written form, but by audio, I would have had to take notes to keep track of the many characters. This author is fond of running two or more story lines at once, and that is about as much challenge for a listener as can be expected. Too bad, because I do like the team of police officers, and the narrator, Jan Cramer, is tops!

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  • Stacy Mccaughn
  • 20-09-2019

great

Another great D.I. Kim stone thriller. I Never tired of what will happened next .

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  • Andromeda's Twin
  • 06-07-2019

Astounding 11th book

Every time I read, or listen to, one of Ms Marson's books I am amazed by how each one seems better than the last and this one is no exception, she is a truly talented weaver of tales.

Jan Cramer is as excellent as always and this story is a blast, totally recommended to all Angela Marson fans and if you've not read one before, then what's stopping you? Get this one now! It's as good a place to start as any.

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  • Pea
  • 02-11-2019

Terrible Naration

I really love reading Angela Marsons and was so looking forward to listening to this book, but I have had to give up at chapter 3. The narrator is dreadful - she sounds as if she is reading to a toddler at bedtime, full of unnecessary high and low dramatic intonations and at a patronising pace - would be far better suited to Jackanory. I tried to go with it but can't, and even my husband, who normally just walks through the room,asked what on earth I was listening to! Will buy the book instead.

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  • Janice W.
  • 09-06-2020

Brilliant

Another great book by Angela, loved the story and the audible reading. Always has good plots.

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  • louby
  • 20-04-2020

wow fantastic

really a gripping book and kept me hooked. I would now like to read others by Angela marsons as this was my first and I was very impressed

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  • peter mcphail
  • 22-10-2019

awsom adventure

as usual kim goes out on a limb getting knocked about but chasing down the the bad men.
this is certainly one of the best adventures yet .keep them coming Angela.

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  • Karen
  • 19-10-2019

Narration not to my taste

I just want to start by saying I am a HUGE Angela Marsons fan and I’ve read all of the previous 10 books on either kindle or paper form ..... and I think that’s the problem. In my head I had such a clear idea of who the characters were and what they sounded like. Listening to the audio book was a huge let down as it didn’t match the images/voices in my head. I ended up sending it back after 4 chapters and downloaded it on kindle instead. I’m sure the story is 5 stars (as always) but I just found the narration awful. We had a few regional accents - not executed particularly well (I’m actually from the Midlands) and why Bryant sounded like he’d walked off the set of Eastenders was a bit baffling! As I’ve said it’s mainly MY problem and maybe if I’d listened to the audiobooks from the get go I wouldn’t have been so disappointed. Maybe just a word of caution for anyone thinking of changing formats when listening to beloved authors.

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  • Tori
  • 18-07-2019

Narration terrible

This is so hard to listen to, the narration is unbearable, I was really looking forward to this and I’m sure the story is great but just not sure I can continue listening and I’m only up to chapter 4!.

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  • Frank
  • 07-07-2021

intriguing

good story lots of twists it's not a bad book look forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-2020

child's play

Brilliant story line .Enjoyed every second. Love the new characters introduced.Line story line od Penn.

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  • clarebear
  • 10-12-2020

a slower storyline

great narrator, didn't really enjoy listening as much as the other books in the series can't really understand why but think it was because it felt a little padded out and I lost the gist of the plot! pity because I normally love listening to Angela's stories.

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