Monday 22 January 2018

Plot-twisting whodunnit debut will have you screaming for more

Crime: Silent Scream, Angela Marsons, Zaffre, €8.99

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

Breda Brown

It may be old hack to say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but this is certainly the case with Silent Scream, the debut novel from British crime author Angela Marsons.

The uninspiring jacket and the formulaic plot description on the back were not overly enticing, but two chapters in and I couldn't get enough of this brilliant plot-twisting whodunnit story.

The story kicks off when a headmistress is found strangled in her home in the Black Country area of the English West Midlands.

Detective Inspector Kim Stone, a ballsy copper who won't take no for an answer, is brought in to hunt down the killer and figure out how her death is connected to the discovery of human remains at a former children's home in the area.

When two more equally grisly murders occur, Stone knows she has a serial killer on her hands and that a fire at the children's home 10 years previously holds the answer to the case.

Supported by a number of strong sub-plots - including Stone's gripping personal back story - this tale takes you by the scruff of the neck and doesn't let go until the very last full stop.

While some of the content can be difficult reading, due to the fact that minors are involved, Marsons balances it with well-timed lighter moments.

Marsons's publishers know a good thing when they see it and three more DI Kim Stone novels are already in the pipeline. Hopefully they choose better front covers for these books, as this author absolutely deserves to be read.

Your blood pressure, on the other hand, may not thank you for it.

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