When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead? As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident. Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked. With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim? The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.
To be honest, I hadn’t yet recovered from Angela Marson’s last Kim Stone book (Dying Truth) when I saw that the new installment was already out! I admit I was kind of angry when I finished reading #8, but of course, I still wanted to continue reading this series, as it’s one of my favorites. I love how Angela Marsons continues to write amazing mysteries every time, and they’re always thrilling and addictive as the first one.
Fatal Promise was another great book featuring two different cases that our team have to solve as soon as possible. One of the characters from the last book is actually the victim in this one, and there’s a mysterious serial killer who’s not stopping anytime soon… As usual, the plot was top-notch. And the prologue featuring the mysterious killer was so fantastic that it grabbed me right away. This is not a slow-burn at all.
As I kept on reading, I realized Stacey’s case about the missing girl was the one that I was most interested in. This mystery was not entirely unpredictable because of a certain fiction with the same plot that has become popular this year, but I nevertheless thought the young girl’s story was heartbreaking and emotional. I always love this kind of revelations.
As for the characters, I really loved the new addition and I enjoyed learning more about his backstory. And of course, I liked that Stacey was more of a protagonist this time around. Kim’s personal storyline was also really touching and I almost cried during certain scenes.
Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review