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About the Book
Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into a sickening recreation of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down a disturbed individual who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of someone known to her, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart. Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove her his innocence.
Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell is the second book in the Detective Ruby Preston series. The first book was Love You to Death which I reviewed here. In Sleep Tight, a serial killer hits the streets of London targeting young women who are killed and then dressed up as fairy-tale princesses before being posed awaiting discovery. The killings are gruesome and the detectives are stuck trying to solve the mystery which was complex as the killer leaves no clues behind.
The beginning of this story was a bit slow for me. The first murder and suspect were introduced in the beginning chapters of the book. The investigation seemed to drag on as it focused on the first suspect. However, things quickly turned around when the second suspect was introduced. This was someone known to the lead detective hence making the case personal. I started enjoying the book more after this and became completely hooked as the story progressed.
As in the first book, Detective Ruby Preston stands out as a different kind of detective. She is not the usual lead with a bit of baggage and sad history. What makes her unique is her connections with the underworld. Her relationship with the Crosby brothers is unorthodox though undoubtedly quite interesting. In this book, Ruby is strong, intuitive and a lot more confident. In addition, she continues to balance between the right and wrong. Ruby knows what it means to go rogue and I totally enjoy reading about her daring moves. It was a delight to follow her as she solved the case by all means necessary. What I like about Ruby is that she can be a badass but she still has a softer, caring side that made her attached to the case and those close to her. I think she is the kind of friend that I would like to have in my corner.
The case was intriguing in more different ways. I remember reading the villain’s POVs and thinking about the crazy Unsubs of Criminal Minds. The villain was dark and twisted. Selfish, personal motives kept the body count going up. In addition, the villain wasn’t just cold but creepy as hell. As always, the darker narrations were both scary and fascinating. I couldn’t wait for the detectives to put everything together though.
Caroline wrote this book in a way that the focus was on the case and the investigation. The villain’s name is revealed almost midway the story but this doesn’t take away the mystery. It is one thing to know who the killer is and quite a different issue to find them especially if they live off the grid. The detectives had quite a task but it was fascinating to see all the pieces coming together. There was an unexpected twist towards the end of the story which I really liked.
Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell is a book that will appeal to fans of crime thrillers. Although part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
The Detective Ruby Preston Series so far