‘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?
I had read amazing things about Caroline Mitchell’s books, so I couldn’t wait to dive into her stories. When I came across her new series (featuring DS Ruby Preston), it felt like the perfect opportunity. And I’m so glad I decided to pick this up!
Love You To Death is an enjoyable police procedural, a great and compelling mystery and it’s also the genre Goodreads says I’ve read more books about. That’s gotta mean something, right? I just love getting myself lost in a crime novel, following the clues, trying to solve the mystery before the detective does… Sometimes I wonder if I might have been detective in a past life (?).
This was a novel full of twists and turns and the serial killer aspect was just too creepy, especially because she was a woman and that felt different and fresh. Our mysterious killer is a young woman named Lucy who wants to find her biological mother… at all costs. When Ruby Preston and her team start investigating the crimes, the DS begins to feel that this case might be more personal than it appears at first sight…
The mystery was a great one, in my opinion. I felt like the author had a lot of experience in crafting this kind of stories and that’s why it felt so engaging and thrilling. I honestly didn’t know what to think and the conclusion was surprising and fitting at the same time. I was satisfied.
What I loved the most about this book was that the characters felt real and had interesting backgrounds as well. This is how great series are supposed to begin. Ruby Preston was not your typical cop, she had a dark side and I loved her ties to the gangster family next door. This storyline is undoubtedly promising and I’m already excited for the next installments.
I’d recommend this book to all fans of police procedurals and crime novels. I have to say that the main character and the setting reminded me a lot of Katerina Diamond’s The Secret.
P.S I read the whole book in a sitting. Yep, it was that addictive.
Bookouture 2016 – Copy from Netgalley