Today is my stop on the Love You To Death blog tour and I’m delighted to finally be able to share my review with you all! 😊
*Many thanks to Bookouture for my Netgalley review copy*
About the book:
‘I’m not your mother. You’re a monster. I don’t want you’
Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.
For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.
Could the clues to the identity of the killer lie in Ruby’s own past?
Who can she trust with her secrets?
And could Ruby be next?
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About the author:
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.
I’m a huge fan of Caroline Mitchell’s books so I was super excited to hear there was a new series coming out. Naturally I jumped at the chance to read and review. I’ve read all bar Paranormal Intruder (I’m a scaredy cat and it’s real life people!!!!!) so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to Love You To Death.
This is the first book in the DS Ruby Preston series and I genuinely can’t wait to read more about Ruby because she’s an excellent character. Real, raw and utterly relatable, she has the makings of becoming a new favourite character for me.
The story in Love You to Death revolves around women who had given up a child for adoption and are ending up dead. Why them? What’s the connection? Who’s next?
What follows is a game of cat and mouse between Ruby and the killer. But there is so much more to this story. Ruby has her own issues from the past, and they are threatening to come to the surface and collide with the investigation which would have terrifying consequences.
I absolutely loved the characterisation in Love You To Death. There are some superb characters in there, with Ruby being a shining example. Special mention goes one of the creepiest antagonists I’ve seen in a while. Lads, children are scary, and no more so when they’re unhinged and not what they seem to be. There’s an almost Stephen King-ish vibe in Love You To Death thanks to this, and it made my skin crawl more than once. Kudos to Caroline Mitchell for managing to freak me out with a crime book 😱
Love You To Death also deals with adoption, which isn’t usually something you read about in crime books. Fostering is usually more prevalent so it was interesting to see it used in here. Adoption can be a tricky subject, especially if you throw in a murderer hell bent on retribution into the mix. I’m adopted, so oddly enough I could empathise on a basic level, at certain points in the novel (No, I’m not a psychopath!!! 😂). Adoption is a very personal thing, and I though it was dealt with really well throughout the novel.
So yeah, massively loved this one. A new, fresh and exciting start to a series. And knowing Caroline’s work, a series that will only keep on improving with each book! So keep them coming lady!!! 😉
All the stars ⭐️
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