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Child's Play (2019)

de Angela Marsons

Sèrie: D.I. Kim Stone (11)

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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
I love how Marsons tackles a different theme for every book, this one being child geniuses. ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Detective Kim Stone is rather disturbed when she happens upon the latest murder scene. This time it is a 60ish woman found tied to a chair with an X carved into the back of her neck. The woman's name was Belinda Evans, and when her sister Veronica arrives, Kim hopes that she can begin to find answers. However, two more bodies are found, in a similar fashion.

As the title hints, it has something to do with children. Oddly enough, it is even more so related to the fact that the victims are all involved in child psychology. Currently, there are tournaments involving gifted children. How could people that work with children end up murder victims?

Meanwhile, one of Kim's team members, Penn, is determined to find the killer of a young man, so this leaves Kim short of help at times. So, with numerous suspects and an unending collection of clues, Kim really has her hands full. With the three murders so far, Kim works as fast as possible to prevent any future victims.

Child's Play is the 11th book in the D. I. Kim Stone series. I started with the 8th title and am more than impressed with Angela Marsons' writing style. The cases are intense and the twists and turns that come along are more than enough to keep any serious mystery reader captivated.

The series is going strong, and I really enjoy Kim. As a matter of fact, I really loved the previous title, Dead Memories, and I found this read to be even more intense. One thing that stood out for me in this book is seeing how Penn is blending in with the team. As the newest member, he was not welcomed at first (I am referring to book 9, Fatal Promise). He is doing better, but has been called back to his previous precinct to further investigate the murder of the aforementioned young man.

Each book in the series does deal with new crimes, so this could do well a a standalone. However, when reading police procedural novels, or crime thrillers, I often love the teamwork that I see. When you have a new team member, like Penn, it makes the family-type environment prove its worth. Because I read so many of these, this is very important to me. I cannot help but think of some television dramas I watch on Network TV, because that is exactly what this book and series reminds me of. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for Kim.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

This instalment begins and ends with gruesome scenes of violence, so be warned. Kim is investigating the deaths of victims staged around play equipment and Penn is revisiting an entirely different case with his former colleagues. I felt this started strongly and the investigation into Belinda's life was intriguing. Then the addition of Penn's storyline was something of a distraction, and after that Kim's case became a bit of a blur to me. Poor Stacey and Tiffany kept being asked to do online searches cross-referencing a whole series of things and I began to share their confusion and exhaustion.

The background about child geniuses was interesting and the identity of the murderer made sense on an intellectual level, but I didn't feel we were sufficiently acquainted with him/her for it to have the same effect on an emotional level. The murderer's past dealings with the victims were not quite as clearly depicted as would have been ideal.

Still, another solid entry in this series. ( )
  pgchuis | Jun 18, 2019 |
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