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?
Having read all the fab thrillers written by Caroline Mitchell, I couldn't wait to read the first one in her new exciting DI Amy Winter series, Truth and Lies, especially after reading the intriguing blurb.
"You can't run away forever... My blood runs through your veins. Mine and your father's."
Can you imagine having serial killers for parents? What effect would that have on you and your life? Well, in a nutshell, this is DI Amy Winter's situation in this book. In order to move on with her life, Amy learned how to suppress the horrific memories that have shaped her early childhood. However, her past soon comes slapping her in the face when she receives a letter from prison following the death of her adoptive father, Superintendent Robert Winter. Back in the 80s, Robert was instrumental in catching and imprisoning the 'Beasts of Brentwood', Jack and Lillian Grimes, a serial killer couple convicted for the murder of nine young women. To her absolute horror Amy discovers that the Brentwood monsters were actually her biological parents, the past she wants to escape, the source of her nightmares. What impact will this have on her life and career? Can the daughter of serial killers even be a police officer?
Lillian Grimes, her 'mother', wants to 'help' Amy find the remains of three of the victims that have never been found, but Amy is sure that Lillian has something up her sleeve. As more horrific memories resurface and her personal and work lives collide, Amy resolves to give some peace to the missing girls' grieving families at the cost of her own sanity and reputation. She decides to make a pact with the devil herself - her 'mother', but in doing so she will have to dance to Lillian's music like a puppet on strings. What's the real reason behind Lillian's sudden change of heart? What is she planning? At the same time Amy and her team have to solve the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl and her cat. Who has abducted this girl? And why? Can the police locate her before it's too late? And how come from prison Lillian Grimes seems to know more than the police about this case?
Well, Caroline Mitchell has done it again. She's written another absolutely brilliant engrossing thriller that kept me on my toes from start to finish. I'm so excited as this is just the first book of a series and so hopefully there will be many more books in the pipeline. Amy is not your run-of-the-mill crime fiction cop. She's a complex, unique character, the daughter of serial killers! Can such a cop function properly? Or is she destined to turn out the same way in the end?
The author has created some very realistic, engaging characters. Apart from Amy, I especially followed Paddy, Amy's most trusted colleague, with interest. I knew the type of life he was leading couldn't go on for long before something catastrophic happens. I just could never have foreseen the huge twist the author had in store for this character's story in the end.
The book has also numerous nail-biting, suspenseful scenes that made my heart race, there are heartbreaking and disturbing ones as well, twists and turns, a sprinkle of humour... and spiders!! Oh yes, I was horrified to encounter the creeps throughout the book and was thrilled to find that just like me, Amy is absolutely terrified of spiders and cobwebs and so I could relate to her when faced with the eight-legged monsters in some of the scenes.
The plot's fast pace kept me interested throughout. The story goes back and forth in time as Amy's horrific memories of disturbing episodes from her childhood begin to resurface one by one. I didn't find this confusing at all, it rather made me understand more what Amy was going through in her mind. The ending was unexpected and the epilogue left the door open for a continuation, so I'm now dying to find out what happens next in book two.
Well written and with an intriguing, suspenseful plot, engaging characters and an original touch, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to those loving twisty, fast, gripping plots.
With thanks to the author and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review through Netgalley.
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time.
She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about her at www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).