Evil Games by Angela Marsons
Evil Games by British Author Angela Marsons is the 2nd in the DI (Detective Inspector) Kim Stone Series.
I loved the first in the series (Silent Scream), and am even more impressed with Evil Games. Marsons is a very talented writer. Her subject matter, even when disturbing, is done without the gory graphics. She gets her point across without rubbing our nose in the details. As well, her characters get deeper with each book.
In Evil Games, DI Kim Stone and her team are investigating the horrific sexual assault of two young girls by their father. They are going to make sure every avenue is pursued and closed down to make sure the father stays behind bars. But is there someone else involved?
Meanwhile, when the body of a convicted rapist is found, his victim readily admits to killing him. However, DI Kim Stone feels that something doesn’t ring true. Yes, the crime has been solved, but she feels that someone else was pulling the strings. Unfortunately, this investigation will be hers alone. No one else sees the problem, and both her boss and the members of her team feel she should let it go. Kim can’t. She just has to trust her instincts, and move forward. What she finds is a true sociopath. Someone is playing their own evil game, experimenting with and manipulating the vulnerabilities and weaknesses found in others, and convincing them to stand up for themselves and take revenge. So far this psychopath has been winning, but Kim is about to enter the game. Unfortunately, Kim’s horrific background and unresolved issues may not make her the ideal opponent.
Marsons has given us a little more of Kim Stone’s history in this one, and with each new insight, we discover why she has such a hard shell around her. But we are seeing a few more cracks in the shell. It is nice when an author enables the characters to grow. As well, a couple of characters were introduced in this book, and I really enjoyed loving/hating them. If a character can make me want to smack or hug them, the author is doing their job.
I’m really enjoying this series, and am looking forward to the next one!
Read: June 2017
Favorite Quotes from Evil Games:
“You take back your own control, your own destiny, your light.”
“Ultimately it came down to a single question. Was she prepared to enter this arena and risk her own fragile psyche to uncover the total truth?”
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Note From the Author : “I began the process of writing Evil Games with the intention of representing the nature of a true sociopath.”
I find that scary.
About the Author: Angela Marsons discovered writing in Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got. Eventually, her partner convinced her to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News which resulted in a win and three short listed entries. The rest seems to be history!