Love You To Death – Caroline Mitchell

“‘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?”

Within minutes of starting this I was completely HOOKED!  This book had everything you want from this genre, murder, mystery, danger, love, hate and deceit.  Although this is not the authors first novel, this is DS Ruby Preston’s debut, and boy, it’s a memorable one!  Set in London, the story begins when Ruby is called to a murder scene, what looks like a straightforward domestic abuse case.  A husband lies dead, whilst a wife, who has recently sought the help of a women’s refuge is missing.  Case would be open and shut, if only Ruby could locate the wife.  As she digs deeper into their private lives all is not as it first seems, and when another body shows up the team are left puzzled.



Lucy is looking for her mother.  Having been given up at birth she will stop at nothing to find her fairytale ending.  Every girl needs their Mummy, don’t they?  When Ruby finds out a young woman called Lucy is desperate to find her mother it strikes a chord with her.  She gave up her own daughter called Lucy for adoption, and now the killer has made contact with Ruby.  Is this all a sinister coincidence, or has Ruby really given birth to a serial killer with a Mummy fixation?

The novel is told from various points of view which gives the reader a much wider picture.  This includes scenes between the victim and the killer, showing the heinous nature of the killer.  Her unpredictable madness is quite unique, this is one scary lady, believe me.  The plot has been carefully thought out and executed perfectly, as little golden nuggets of information fed to you throughout accumulate, leading to the climatic ending.

The characterisation is superb,  Ruby is a complex creature; she cares about her job and the people she is employed to protect, but she is helplessly in love with the local gangster Nathan Crosby and spends a lot of her time with her emotions conflicted.  As for Lucy, well I loved her, the way she seamlessly switched from regular woman to delusional bloodthirsty butcher!  There are not enough memorable killers in these types of books, but Lucy just knocked this one out of the park!  I wanted to hate Lucy, but couldn’t help admire her resourcefulness and brilliant insanity.

As well as being a fantastic story this book has laid the foundations for a great new series.  I’m going to go and buy all of Caroline Mitchell’s other books now.  Amazing five stars from me, many thanks to Caroline, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.



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.




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