About the book
Published: 11th November 2016 (Bookouture)
Twenty years ago you were forced to give your daughter up. Now she’s back. Or is she?
Women who’ve had to give up children for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.
East London Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But when bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, it carries the echo of a memory in Ruby’s mind. The tinkling of a music box. A mother and child reunion…
Then just as Ruby thinks they’ve made a breakthrough, she receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.
Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?
Death Note (previously released as Love You To Death before it got a fabulous cover update and new title) is the first in the DS Ruby Preston series, and oh my, what a fantastic start this is to what is lining up to be a tremendous series! This is a slight change in direction for Mitchell as she’s moved away from having the paranormal edge that we saw in the DC Jennifer Knight series, but she has done it extremely well!
Firstly, I adore Ruby – she is a strong female lead, both as a protagonist and a Sergeant, supportive of her team and is not afraid to roll her sleeves up and get stuck in with an investigation. Ruby also has a vulnerable side, a history that has shaped her into the woman she is today.
I’m not going to discuss the synopsis in much detail as I don’t want to allude to any potential spoilers; this book is best read not knowing much about it! Ruby and her team are called to investigate the murder of husband and wife; however when another woman turns up dead Ruby and the team seem to have a serial killer on their hands.
The violence in this book is graphic but not gratuitous, it is used to demonstrate the violent lengths that the antagonist, Lucy will go to – but why, why these women and what’s their connection other than giving up a child for adoption? Lucy is a brilliant villain, she gave me the absolute creeps!
Alongside the investigation into these murders, we are also given background to Ruby and introduced to her family and acquaintances. I particularly loved Nathan, a high profile criminal who I warmed to immediately despite the basis for his wealth! We are also introduced to the team around Ruby who all have their strengths and weaknesses, a team that truly compliments each other.
A great start to a new series, a fantastic, gripping thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat.
About Caroline Mitchell
A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.
Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.
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