Firstly I wish to thank Eleanor Hemming of Midaspr for inviting me on the Blog tour for TRUTH AND LIES by Caroline Mitchell of Thomas and Mercer
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?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
If you visualize every vile and twisted serial killer that you have read about, altogether they simply wouldn’t have a patch on Lillian Grimes. She knows how to use the knowledge she has as a tool to control, manipulate and play mind games in the wickedest way. Half of a vicious child killer duo, Lillian is well and truly behind bars but knows where the remaining three little victims are buried. It is time to play a little game with one of the three remaining children she gave birth to many years before. From her prison cell Lillian Grimes writes a letter to DI Amy Winter, who was adopted by a police officer when she was a little girl, offering her information of where one of the missing children is buried, with an added note, I am your natural mother.
Amy was in shock and scared at who her real parents were, could this evil be somewhere deep in her? Then there was her career, should she tell her superiors? This was a chance to give the family of one dead girl some sort of closure if she went to see Lillian Grimes. So a pro-quo game began.
This has to be the best book that Caroline Mitchell has written so far. The story did ring true to a mix of real life crimes from the past with the added twist of parentage well and truly taking front seat. Amy had wanted to make her ‘parents’ proud especially as her dad was a well-respected officer. To say that Lillian Grimes was tickled pink about Amy’s successful career is a gross understatement, she was on the best high she had ever had.
Once Amy had crossed that breach it was a never ending spiral with nowhere to get off. As the longer this arrangement went on the harder it was to come clean. But this deadly game takes a turn for real. From opening this book to the end page it really is impossible to close and do anything else. This is the first Amy Winter book and well how do you follow such a superb first in a series? Talk about a mental battering, which has woken up so much from her past. I think this is going to make her one outstanding Officer with something continually to prove, not just to others but to herself too. Nature and nurture in harmony, but with an edge when she needs it. A top read of the year!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today and Global #1 Bestselling Thriller Author.
Shortlisted for a number of awards both in the US and in the UK, a USA Today bestseller and no 1 on Amazon in the US, Australia & the UK with over 30k followers on Twitter, a former police detective, Caroline Mitchell uses her in-depth knowledge of police procedures to create complex and suspenseful psychological thrillers. Caroline worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes was a constant source of inspiration. A working mother of four, Caroline started writing due to the stress of dealing with such serious incidents and a way of processing the crimes she witnessed. Born and brought up in Ireland, she is happily married with four children and lives in Essex.