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Review: Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell

Truth and LiesDI 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?

Review

I enjoyed the Detective Ruby Preston series by Caroline Mitchell. The series ended last year so I was pretty excited to start a new series by the same author. Truth and Lies introduces readers to DI Amy Winter. If you read crime thrillers, then you know that almost all the detectives usually have a complex back story, or a tortured past. I thought I had heard all kinds of stories but Amy’s still managed to surprise me. As mentioned in the blurb, Amy’s biological parents were serial killers. A fact that Amy didn’t know until her birth mom, currently in prison, wrote to her offering her a deal but with a few conditions.

There are two main cases running concurrently in the narrative. There is a missing girl in the present time. At the same time, there is a cold case that can only be solved if Amy works together with her psychopathic birth mother. There were other minor story lines. One that stood out for me was by another detective in Amy’s team. Through his narrative, the theme of domestic violence is portrayed. I thought this was really important because it demystifies some of the assumptions about victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Through multiple narrations, readers get to learn about the current kidnapping case and also the gruesome crimes committed by Amy’s family. There are a couple of chapters set in the 1980s that sent chills done my spine. A few chapters are also narrated by Lillian, Amy’s biological mother. She is twisted, cold, creepy and despicable. She is the perfect villain for this kind of story.

This is a brilliant start to the series. Truth and Lies is fast-paced, well written and captivating.  I can’t wait to read the second book already. I have no doubt that DI Amy Winter is a series that I will enjoy.

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29 comments on “Review: Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell

  1. noveldeelights
    August 31, 2018

    I can’t believe I forgot to mention the domestic abuse storyline in my review. Glad you enjoyed this one too. Can’t wait for the next one.

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      I can’t wait either especially after that cliffhanger at the end. I hope that we won’t have to wait too long for the second book. Thanks Eva. Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

  2. booksarge
    August 31, 2018

    Wow very captivating review. I don’t know though, how you managed to keep track with the different story lines. I normally get distracted with such narratives.

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      Thank you. This one wasn’t confusing at all. The story lines are interconnected hence very easy to follow 🙂

  3. Cozynookbks
    August 31, 2018

    This does sound chilling Diana. Bummer when you find out that both of your parents are serial killers. 😫 Great review.

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      Yeah, that was devastating for the detective. It affected every aspect of her life. Thanks Laurie 🙂

  4. Raney Simmon
    August 31, 2018

    Sounds very chilling. Will definitely have to check for myself if this is a read worthwhile for me.

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      I hope that you will decide to read it. Thanks Raney 🙂

  5. Holly B / Dressedtoread
    August 31, 2018

    Sounds kinda chilling! Great review. Reminds me of another I’ve read recently too.

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      Thanks Holly. Which book is that?

      • Holly B / Dressedtoread
        September 3, 2018

        I’m trying to remember! At this point, I’ve read so many…..

        • Diana
          September 3, 2018

          I know what you mean 🙂

  6. jennifertarheelreader
    September 1, 2018

    This definitely sounds like a dark one, Diana, and I loved your review! It’s always fun to find a new series to enjoy!

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      Lately I have been getting some good new series especially in the cop procedural genre. This one looks really promising 🙂 Thank you Jennifer.

  7. B Lostinacoulee
    September 1, 2018

    Great review, glad to see it was a good one. I am starting this one soon!

    • Diana
      September 2, 2018

      Thank you.I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

  8. ChrissiReads
    September 1, 2018

    I’ve heard good things about this book, Diana. I’m very intrigued. It does sound like a dark, dark read!

    • Diana
      September 2, 2018

      It is dark especially because of the villain but its also really good.I hope you’ll decide to give it a try 🙂

  9. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    September 3, 2018

    I knew this one would be a winner, too!! Great review! xx

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      It certainly is. Thanks Meggy 🙂

  10. L Lostinacoulee
    September 3, 2018

    Great review! This sounds really good!! 😊💜

    • Diana
      September 3, 2018

      It really is. Thank you 🙂

  11. Norrie
    September 3, 2018

    I read one of her standalone books (Silent victim). It was pretty good and wanted to read her other stuff too.
    This sounds nice! 🙂

    • Diana
      September 4, 2018

      Silent Victim was great and yes, this one is good too. I think you’d enjoy it 🙂

  12. Yvo
    September 4, 2018

    Fab review! Good to hear you enjoyed this one.

  13. readingobsessednurse
    September 7, 2018

    This sounds so different and I love it!

    • Diana
      September 7, 2018

      Glad to hear that. Yes its different and really good so I hope that you will get the chance to read it 🙂

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