My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 1 day
Pages - 380
Publisher - Sphere
Source - Birthday present
Blurb from Goodreads
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…
Detective Kim Stone and crew are back on another case, a victim with a single stab wound to the heart. Kim knows it isn't a robbery gone wrong and soon her hunch is proved right but how and why is the killer choosing their targets? As if that isn't enough to contend with Doctor Alex Thorne makes a reappearance in Kim's life turning everything upside down.
Oh that Alex Thorne is one horrible human being, even incarcerated she is pulling strings and her actions have long consequences. Stone tries to keep her mind focused on the task at hand but with someone so manipulative and dangerous as Thorne the going is tough. The investigation kicks off but how do you find the bad guy when you don't know what drives them, why their victims, how they are selected. We follow the team as they try to put the puzzle together. In between we visit Thorne and how her predicament unravels, her calculating ways and how she manages to play people and the ripples that come from her earlier manipulations
She is a shocking character and her parts in the story overshadowed the investigation for me as she is just such a horrific character with no moral compass. One of those you love to hate! The usual trademark of Marsons, death, destruction, investigation, relationships, actions, consequences and the past never quite staying in the past. She weaves a story that pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you turning page after page trying to figure out who and why, 4/5 for me this time.