Eekkk it’s a #Bookouture #BlogBlitz and I’m buzzing to be a part of this one for the awesome Caroline Mitchell and the 3rd in the #RubyPreston series. Not only am I lucky enough to be on the Blog Tour, I’m also absolutely eeeking at kicking this beauty off on Halloween alongside some top bloggers! What an appropriate Blog Tour for this wonderful night of chillers and thrillers!Huge thank you to Bookouture and Caroline for the ARC which I chose to read and provide my honest review.
What the blurb says:
To catch a killer, you must first think like one…
A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.
In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.
But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.
But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?
Once again Caroline Mitchell manages to make her words jump out the page and capture my attention right from page one! That #killerhook prologue just promised me a twisted rollercoaster read as soon as I started. It was clear there was going to be no let up until I turned the last page!
There is a race against time in The Murder Game as each victim is subjected to a terrifying ordeal resulting in death. DI Ruby Preston and the team are up against the clock if they are to catch this sick and twisted killer. The hunt takes Ruby inside the prison to question Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gately, as the crimes appear to be carbon copies of his. Just how much influence does this psychopathic killer have over what’s happening outside of the prison walls and will Ruby Preston be able to resist the lure of the Lonely Hearts Killer as his dark charms seem to be drawing her closer?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, DS Ruby Preston is one of my all-time favourite female detectives; over the series her character continues to grow on me, she has a kick-ass attitude, she is feisty and determined but she also has a softer side to her character and I really feel the connection she has with her team members. Ruby’s internal conflict over her desire to rise up in the ranks and her relationship with Nathan Crosby is further explored in this book and I felt her pain at the choices she has to make to protect both her career and her family. Talking about family, her relationship with her daughter Cathy and Nathan’s mother, Frances develops in this book and there’s a softening in the chill that existed between them all. Cathy really begins to open up to Ruby and it’s clear that things haven’t been a bed of roses for the young woman.
I love Ruby’s relationship with her DI, Downes, it is brilliant! These two had a brief dalliance but this hasn’t affected the very deep friendship and respect they have for each other. Downes is the only person who is aware of her relationship with Nathan Crosby and while he definitely disapproves and worries about her, it doesn’t stop him having her back all the way through. In the Murder Game, there is clearly something weighing heavy on DI Downes mind and Ruby is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Nathan Crosby, well that #CharacterCrush I have on him isn’t slowing down any at all! This man oozes sex appeal but he isn’t just a bit of fictional eye candy for readers, there is a real depth about Nathan that Caroline Mitchell continues to build upon in each book. Although Nathan doesn’t feature that much in this book, his influence and presence is still felt throughout.
I just look at Caroline, her face a picture of sweetness and innocence and I think to myself just how does someone like that come up with such sick and twisted storylines! With dark religious undertones, this plot had me reeling and you I’d be thinking twice before arranging any online hookups! The pace just doesn’t let up, the twists just keep tightening those knots until I was completely entangled in them. Pick this one up at your peril! Just make sure you don’t have anything to do for the next few hours as you won’t want to put it down!
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Murder Game is available for purchase from
USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. 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. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.
Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.
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