OMFG … Truth and Lies is one heck of a read and I’m delighted to be closing down the blog tour today!
A brand new police detective and a whole host of secrets and lies for her to unravel, book one in the DI Amy Winter series shows how utterly amazing Caroline Mitchell is!
Here’s the blurb …
Thomas & Mercer (30 Aug. 2018)
Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.
DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.
Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.
While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.
But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?
My thoughts …
I have to admit, when I heard about this new series, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mitchell is a wonderful author but I adored her Ruby Preston series and was gutted when it ended, I suppose I wasn’t sure how I’d gel with this new officer. And the lack of my #bookboyfriend Nathan Crosby wasn’t something I was looking forward to either.
I needn’t have worried.
DI Amy Winter is bloody brilliant and what an introduction to her we have!
Recently promoted to head up a new team in the force, Winter is a firecracker of an officer all set to follow in the footsteps of her late father, until a letter arrives which changes everything.
Lillian Grimes is the remaining half of serial killer duo, the Grimes, who back in the eighties were responsible for the murders of an unknown number of young women.
Lillian is the author of Winter’s life-changing letter … and reveals that she’s her biological mother.
Grimes starts blackmailing Winter to visiting her under the promise of information that will allow the families of her victims some closure. Winter has no choice but to do as she’s told.
From the off, Truth and Lies takes us on an emotional rollercoaster. I was immediately hooked to the characters and Winter is set to be a favourite. A strong woman who has made it in a “mans’ world”, she has earnt the respect of those around her and is confident in her abilities. Until that letter arrives.
Mitchell has taken the police procedural to another level with this one and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for DI Winter. What a bloody brilliant idea … a police officer who is the daughter of not one, but two serial killers but who was brought up by a high ranking police officer.
The nature vs. nurture argument is evident throughout this one and it’s fascinating. Winter has repressed all her memories of her time with her parents, but as soon as she discovers the truth of her parentage, she starts to question everything about herself, and those around her. Is the goodness of the parents who raised enough to outweigh the evil which runs through her veins?
ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!! I need book two now!
As the plot moves forward with the police investigations, Mitchell adds in chapters which take us back in time as Winter starts to remember her childhood … we discover what it was like or her growing up in the home of two serial killers. And it wasn’t pleasant. It’s no wonder she has buried those memories as deep as she could.
With hints of the true crimes of Moors murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, Truth and Lies is a gritty and harrowing read in places but Mitchell deals with it sensitively. It’s one my favourite books of the year and I cannot wait for the nest one!
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You can go and take a look back through the other bloggers’ reviews of this one, they’re all AMAZING!
My hugest thanks to the team at Midas PR for inviting me onto the tour!
About the author …
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time.
She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about her at http://www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).