I am over the moon to be kick starting the #BlogTour for the latest masterpiece from Caroline Mitchell! “Truth and Lies” is the first in the DI Amy Winter series and you seriously don’t want to miss it!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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?
Well, unputdownable is one way to describe this OUTSTANDING latest novel from Caroline Mitchell! Seriously this one absolutely blew my mind!
When 15-year-old Hermione Parker goes missing there is a race to find her and just what connection can she have to a cold case over 30 years old? Perfectly plotted and intertwined the two stories are bright together in a way that makes total sense. There was a point where I wanted to shake Amy and tell her to confess her identity to her superiors but then we wouldn’t have had the rest of the story would we!
Amy Winter finds out a secret about her past; it is about to shatter her life into a thousand pieces. She has a choice to make and no matter which option she takes it will mean reopening old wounds for her. With a dark and heartbreaking start, Truth and Lies is reminiscent of the Fred and Rosemary West and Moors murders cases, hard-hitting but not gratuitous it leaves you in no doubt as to the kind of woman we are dealing with when we are introduced to Lillian Grimes!
Caroline Mitchell has a knack of writing bold and convincing characters and Amy Is no different, there is an authenticity about her that allows the reader to connect and that back story means that immediately the reader is drawn in and wanting to find out more. It satisfies our desire for the macabre, our need for crime and psychological thrillers that crawl under our skin and stay there! In Truth and Lies, Caroline Mitchell satisfies this need and beyond!
Paddy is Amy’s DS and boy is he a man with a secret! There’s something endearing about him from the start and you kind of understand why he’s living the life he does. I found these scenes involving Paddy’s secret to be extremely powerful in their delivery and that’s all I’m saying so as not to give any secrets away.
When Amy first meets her biological mother, Lillian, in prison I could feel myself recoil and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Lillian Grimes will make your skin crawl for sure. The stench of evil was captured perfectly. As Lillian manipulates Amy into doing what she wants in return for information about the missing girls it will get right under your skin. She’s evil and Caroline Mitchell has got her character down to a T. The characterisation in this novel is outstanding and the author brings each of them to life skillfully and realistically.
It would be easy to criticise Amy for not divulging her true identity, however, looking at it from her perspective not only did she feel a sense of responsibility to the families of the murdered girls but she also felt a sense of guilt by association as well as a very real fear of rejection from her colleagues and peers should her background be discovered. All combined gave a better understanding of why she did what she did.
The flashbacks to 1986 were profoundly disturbing as we watched events unfold through the eyes of Amy as a child. The horrors, never graphically described, struck me to the core. This one has it in bucketfuls dysfunctional families, guilt, lies and dark secrets. It explores domestic abuse, manipulation and online trolling. The book does it so well.
This story catches your attention and does not let go until the very end, it is written with a depth of knowledge and understanding and characters are brought to life before you. Some you will warm to, some will repulse you and some will manipulate your mind…be warned. Just when you think Caroline Mitchell has reached her best she smacks you right between the eyes with something even better! This is police procedural/psychological noir at it’s best, it draws you in and spits you out at the end a broken mess!
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About the author:
Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family 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. She now writes full-time.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston trilogy is described as terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers.
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim, has been described as ‘brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy’. Her new DI Amy Winter series is published by Thomas & Mercer.