What’s it about?
Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…
Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …
Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.
But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realizes she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
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?
Another new author for me brings yet another new female lead investigator, DI Kim Stone, and her 3 team members. This kind of reminded me of M.J. Alridge’s character Helen Grace who is also a bad ass investigator but Kim Stone is in another league altogether. I had a hard time getting into the story at first because I really did not like her at the start, she’s just so rude and unfriendly with everyone. It wasn’t until after the chapter where we got an insight in her past that she grew on me a little. That particular chapter also really merits a recommendation for brilliant penmanship, it was harsh yet very touching. I think perhaps her sharpest edges were a little softened too towards the ending, she even laughs somewhere in the story and I hope she becomes even more sympathetic in the sequel.
Anyway, the story starts off with a very strong opening. Five people gather around a grave, taking turns digging. The questions immediately started popping in my head, who are they and who’s in the grave. But Mrs. Marsons isn’t giving it away so easily, it’s a long time before we find out the answers to those questions. The story is fast forwarded to the present time, some 10 years later. DI Stone has to investigate several murders and she concludes that the victims all have one thing in common, they all worked at the same, nowadays abandoned, children’s home. One of the victims recently took a particular interest at the now closed building which grounds were going to be excavated for archaeological purposes. Stone’s nose tells her that this deserves a closer look, and by breaking all the rules in one swift go, she unearths human remains.
It doesn’t take much to know that both events are linked and someone did not and does not want the past to be uncovered. As usual, there is a race against time in finding and questioning the prior staff members of the home. As suspects become sparser, I had an inkling who the criminal could be and I was right! With a spell-binding conclusion in the end, I was happy with this read. It had a good storyline and good writing. I certainly want to know what book 2 brings.