Love You To Death (Caroline Mitchell)

32385625‘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.

Similar recommendations:
The Secret (Katerina Diamond)
The Girl In The Ice (Robert Bryndza)

Other reviews:
Chat About Books
Keeper of Pages
The Book Review Café

Bookouture 2016 – Copy from Netgalley

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

28 thoughts on “Love You To Death (Caroline Mitchell)

  1. Yay! I have this one on my reading list and I hope to read it next week. I like the sound of it and the serial killer sounds creepy in a good way:-) I like that you compared it to The Secret too. Great review Annie.

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    1. The Secret was better and more complex (because of the flashbacks) but the personal storyline in this one was great 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!!!

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  2. A female killer who is hunting down her birth mother and killing women. This is definitely staying on my radar. Sounds truly original. I have also seen this author’s name enough to remember it, so that is another good sign! Awesome review!

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  3. I can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by Caroline Mitchell, there is so much praise around her books! I like strong series first books with interesting characters with a background. Sometimes it feels like the characters had no life prior to the events of a book and they seem a bit shallow because characterization has been neglected, I’m happy it’s not the case here. Plus, a female killer hunting down her birth mother? I love the idea!

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    1. 🙂 Yay! Yes, you’re absolutely right, that’s why I love the backstory so much, she was a mess and the gangster’s character was so interesting. A complicated relationship… The killer’s motives are super creepy XD

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  4. This book’s killer has a motive different than any I’ve heard before. Sounds interesting! And sorry you haven’t heard from me in a bit, Annie. As a college professor, I’m up to my ears in differing voices and ideas about what faculty should do in response to Trump.

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  5. I haven’t read anything by Caroline Mitchels but this sounds fantastic and creepy. I love police/detective stories and this seems perfect for my tastes, dark and gritty! great review 😀

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