Title: Love You to Death
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Pub. Date: 11/11/2016
Series: Book 1: DS Ruby Preston Series
Genre: Mystery; Suspense; Thriller
Twenty years ago you were forced to give your daughter up. Now she’s back. Or is she?
Women who’ve had to give up children for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.
East London Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But when bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, it carries the echo of a memory in Ruby’s mind. The tinkling of a music box. A mother and child reunion…
Then just as Ruby thinks they’ve made a breakthrough, she receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.
Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?
Love You to Death is a serial killer thriller packed with twists. If you like Karin Slaughter, Angela Marsons and Val MacDermid, discover Caroline Mitchell’s new series today.
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This was such a suspenseful, thrilling read! After hearing such great things about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
We are introduced to DS Ruby Preston and I have to say that I love this character. She is tough and ruthless with a hidden past. While she mostly follows the rules, she sometimes finds her own means and connections in finding out information. We learn early on that she was once involved (or is she still involved…??) with notorious crime leader Nathan (another character I fell in love with). The connection she has with his family comes in handy when she needs information, but also comes at a price. The dynamic between these two characters is perfect. The cop in love with the king of crime and vice versa kept me intrigued. Can they be together given their occupations? Their love is real and their chemistry jumped from the pages.
The mystery unfolds when a woman goes missing and ends up being found dead. Before more women become victims, it is discovered they being targeted due to giving up a child for adoption some 20 years ago. The killer was given up for adoption and is on a mission to find her ‘perfect happy ending’. However, in a terrifying twist, the mothers must play the exact role the killer is seeking, or they fail.
This story kept me guessing until the very end. There are so many twists and turns and the book is very fast-paced. There were times when I was reading so fast, I wasn’t able to turn the pages fast enough (or click my kindle fast enough, I should say). The mystery was suspenseful, and at times disturbing which is completely up my alley!
This is the first book I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell, but will definitely not be my last. I cannot wait until the next Ruby Preston book comes out! In the meantime, I will be reading her other books!
***Thank you to Bookouture for my copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review!