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Publisher's Summary

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game....

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.

Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it's personal.

The rising star of the British thriller scene returns with a novel that enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Val McDermid and Mark Billingham.

Watch out for more from D.I. Kim Stone

A detective hiding dark secrets, Kim Stone will stop at nothing to protect the innocent. Evil Games is the second book in the series - see where it all began in Silent Scream - out now.

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Critic Reviews

"Stunning." ( The Mail on Sunday)
"I absolutely loved it...This one is one of the best crime thrillers I've read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson!" (Fiona's Book Reviews)
"I don't think I've been so hooked by a new author since the discovery of Mark Edwards or Mark Billingham...if you finish a crime thriller feeling like you just need to have a lie-down and a cup of tea to get your breath back, then the writer has done their job. Angela Marsons, I still don't have my breath back." ( Reading Room with a View)

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Loved It!!!!

Just found this author and listened to both Kim Stone books back to back. I'm a Texas girl that loves Great Britain and their Crime Soving Detective series. I'm waiting eagerly for Angela's book #3 (Kim Stone) HURRY PLEASE

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dark secrets

A little long and winding but pretty entertaining. Very detailed psychological information that bogs the story down a bit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Kept you interested

A great listen with a strong female lead character. I liked the main criminal premise and I learned about psychopathic behaviour.
The story moved quickly forced you to pay attention.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Spectacular

I enjoyed the narrator, and loved a book as if I were watching a movie I recommend to all

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Just as good as the first

Excited to have found this author! Just wish there was more to read ): A thrilling, yet believable, storyline with new and intriguing characters alongside the original cast of the first book. Even if you find yourself figuring out the plot early on, almost every page is still a pleasure. Will be patiently awaiting book #3!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen

The second installment of the Kim Stone series is just as good as the first (which was great) and might even improve on it. I loved learning more about Stone's past and the way it gets unfolded to us is an important part of the plot. This books' villain is truly devious and it is scary when you realize that someone could actually be capable of those horrible acts. I think this is what makes Marsons' books so good; the way the characters, good and bad, feel so real.

Once again the pacing was spot on and the book was a breeze to listen to. If I had one criticism it would be that I wish the books were longer...because I can't get enough of them!

Book 3 comes out on November 6 and I'm excited to dig into another Kim Stone thriller!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

I really enjoyed this book! It is the second book in the series and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend reading this novel!

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-19-16

Experiments of an evil & psychotic psychologist!

This book, Detective Kim Stone Book # 2, is a dark psychological thriller. Evil Games is much better than Book 1 in the series (Silent Scream). The novels in the Kim Stone series are set in Birmingham, England. Stone herself is a lead police detective who still has all of the patience and tact she was born with because she has never used any of either. She has her own issues: a crazy and institutionalized mother who killed Kim's younger brother.

Angela Marsons brain is a dark place.

Narration is excellent!

I recommend this book for people who enjoy dark thrillers.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Even better than the first one

Any additional comments?

Another clever page turner (ear-grabber?) from Angela Marsons. Very suspenseful, great characters, great villain, ready for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love This Author

While I didn't love this as much as the first book, I was pleased with the story and the performance and will continue to read this author's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • SaxonSpirit56
  • 08-30-15

A mystery to sink into

What did you like most about Evil Games?

Down to earth characters and a very touchy subject cleverly dealt with. Smart people manipulating the characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Evil Games?

No one particular moment; but all of the scenes with Alex and Kim and their build up to a final battle of wits.

Which character – as performed by Jan Cramer – was your favourite?

Kim has got to be in the line up - pardon the pun - but she is, for me, just pipped by Alex.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Could well be except for time constraints. My listening is usually around two to three hours at a time, though this one could fit a weekend.

Any additional comments?

The Kim Stone series is definitely one to remember, along with the author, Angela Marsons. One tiny criticism is that Jan Cramer should have put a bit more pause between sentences - but this did not spoil my enjoyment. Well Done.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-15

Nail biting action

I loved this .. start to finish. Great characters and excellent plot. I'm so sad I've finished it! bring on the next one!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bules
  • 07-08-15

Excellent

I can't wait to listen to more books in this series. It was gripping, exciting and disturbing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • 11-23-15

Good Story Line

What did you like best about Evil Games? What did you like least?

Good plot but would prefer to read it as the audio versions narrator, sounded rushed as if trying to finish the book

Would you be willing to try another book from Angela Marsons? Why or why not?

Have already bought Silent Screams by same author so I will read most of it but will listen to the narration as I have already bought it.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Very rushed made it hard to concentrate.

Could you see Evil Games being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Can't imagine it being a film

Any additional comments?

Better to read the author and not waste money on narration.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Lozzhaylee
  • 07-02-15

Good read/listen

Very good, great to know some of the area mentioned, enjoyed all aspects of the story line, would recommend

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  • Jenny Barthe
  • 01-09-16

Not a very realistic or interesting story

I find the character of Kim a bit overdrawn and can't really relate to her. Not a bad book but I found the story in this one wasn't that intriguing, I was never on the edge of my seat and it also seemed not a very realistic story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Josephine Murray-Smith
  • 12-20-15

Good story spoiled by poor narrator

What did you like best about Evil Games? What did you like least?

It has a good plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

All are good characters

How could the performance have been better?

I have avoided books by this narrator before but thought I would try this one as some reviews said it was better. Maybe it was a bit better, but still not good. The problem is that she reads as if she us describing her afternoon tea when the book is about murder and child abuse.

Do you think Evil Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

With a different narrator.

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  • Poppey
  • 12-12-15

Storyline superb; narration poor

Having listened to the first book, I took a chance on the second one in the hope that the narration had improved. Unfortunately, it hadn't very much.

That said, the storyline itself was a little unusual and, again, very good. This was an absorbing plot which carried you along, unfortunately at the narrator's speed which, in my opinion, gives the listener no chance to catch their breath.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Astral Surfer
  • 12-08-15

Disappointing and implusible

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who enjoys run of the mill crime thriller that's not well written.

What could Angela Marsons have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found Kim Stone, the main police character, difficult to engage with. She seemed unreal, as did one of the central characters. The story became increasingly implausible and lacked pace, despite a number of different events toward the nd.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jan Cramer?

Anyon. I hatd hr attempt at varied accent.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I've read worse, but in a packed genre, this is nowhere near top class. Anne Cleeves has created a real character in Vera. Kim Stone lacks depth and I'm not tempted to buy further books in the series.

Any additional comments?

Run of th mill.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 11-09-15

Thrilling and encaptivating

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its a great mystery

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kim

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Don't know, but I am really enjoying this series

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes

Any additional comments?

Cant wait for the next one

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Pattiann
  • 07-02-15

Brilliant

Angela Marsons has outdone herself with this fantastic book, I could not put it down,

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 07-05-16

Love it when it comes together

Loved the way this all came together at the end. Another very clever, well written and detailed crime thriller. Struggled at the beginning to see how it was shaping up so again will go back from the start and enjoy with fore-knowledge and understanding

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  • Charli E.
  • 04-28-16

Lacklustre

Evil games was a bit lacklustre for me compared to Silent Scream. It may be because I am a psychiatrist but it just seemed silly. The narration was excellent however and I am still curious about what else Angela Marsons has to offer.

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  • Delza
  • 03-09-16

loved this book great read

i have read this book at least 3 times great book loved it alot.

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  • Bryan M. Stokes
  • 02-17-16

Interesting Twist

Not to give too much away but this has a very interesting twist on Mental Illness.

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  • Morag
  • 12-09-15

Fantastic read!

Loved this book, main character complex and highly interesting, second book I've read in the series, both equally as good as each other!!!

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  • Deneey
  • 06-11-17

Evil Games:book2

loved the a story line. Best read in a while. Loved the evil Alex, interesting.

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  • Valmai
  • 05-26-17

Not totally convincing.

The story was predictable and the narrators sing song voice was very annoying. At times the reading sounded rushed making it hard to distinguish the voice of one character from the other.

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  • Peter Hawkins
  • 04-05-17

a cracker of a read.

The somewhat unloveable main character just defrosts a little and draws you in. can't wait to read the next book.

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  • S. Chisholm
  • 11-08-16

I love this author.

I came across this author by chance and am so glad I did. I take every opportunity I can to listen.