To catch a killer, you must first think like one…
A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.
In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.
But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.
But the closer Ruby grows to the dark and charming Mason Gatley, the more worried her team becomes. Is he really helping her catch the killer? Or is he lining her up to be his next victim?
How amazing are those book covers.
Ruby Preston Book 3.
I have to start this by saying, I just love the book covers for this series of books. A book this good deserves an awesome cover.
This book was a first class gripping read. I absolutely loved it.
We are faced with a very twisted Killer in this book, he prays on women who are 'playing away, Cheating on their husbands.
This is proving one tough case, and one Ruby and her team need to tackle head on as the kidnapped women seem to be mounting up.
It doesn't take long to realise this could actually be a copy cat killing. this is a similar case to one ten years previously, where killer Mason Gatley was finding his pray via lonely hearts columns. Things have moved on now and it seems Dating app's are the new way to find prey.
Melissa Phillips is this killers first victim. Photographs of her are sent to her husband, and it's not all he receives in the post.
Gripping, Twisted and sometimes Gruesome, if this doesn't tell you how bad playing away can be, well it's your own fault when you get caught. First class read as always.
Make sure your bottom is firmly on the seat when reading this, or this edge of your seat read will see you getting hurt.
Caroline is certainly giving this series her all, and I'm so excited to see what comes next. Each book has just got better and better and I'm loving the character of Ruby Preston.
Easy 5* read.
Thrilled as always to be part of a blog blitz. This is one book you really don't want to miss. Trust me.
USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.
Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline's personal experiences in the police and paranormal.
Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as "terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers".
Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as "thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way".
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.
Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.
A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON'T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
Wow. I've really had a Caroline Mitchell binge this week. This is the 3rd book I have read and I am really annoyed with myself that I left it this long. On the plus side I got to finish book 2 and dive right into book 3, so as they say 'every cloud'
Well what did I think. #Mindblowinglybrilliant I really did enjoy this book. I would have no problems what so ever recommending this series. It's very well written and put together. I just got lost in the story.
I've had two hours sleep in the last 32 hours, which although I'm physically exhausted it's done wonders for my back log of books. I have read the last 75% of book 2 and gotten to 45% of book 3 before my eyes completely gave in on me and I fell asleep. I awoke after 3 hours and made a cuppa and got stuck right back into the book.
I loved learning more about Jennifer and her team. And the paranormal aspect of the story really had me hooked.
Twins Abigail and Olivia are out playing hide and seek when Abigail goes missing. This has to be every parents worst nightmare.
Detective Jennifer knight is brought in as the Family Liaison Officer. It isn't long before Jennifer is gaining knowledge on this family and the trust of Olivia, the twin who since her sister has gone missing has become mute. Not uttering a word to anyone. That is until she starts to talk to Jennifer.
Jennifer for me really grew on me more in this book, I'm loving her character and her paranormal tendencies.
The story is certainly one that has you turning the pages, wanting more. It really does grab you by the throat.
I guess it could be read alone, but for me to have a better understanding of the back story of Jennifer, I would suggest reading from the beginning.
Another unputdownable read from this very talented author with some very cleverly done twists.
He will predict your life… and your death.
Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON'T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
Book 2 in the Detective Jennifer Knight series.
Well, well what can I say. I was kicking myself for falling being in reading Caroline's books, so I'm on a #CMBinge at the moment, and I have to say I'm loving it. How good it feels to be reading awesome books back to back.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found the supernatural aspect of the book both freaky and interesting. It really does add to a seriously thrilling story. Grabbed from the word go, I managed to read this bad boy in just over a day. I only had 2 hours sleep, so instead of fighting it and wrestling to get to sleep I just picked up my kindle and got stuck in. Then throughout the day in between doing 'grown-up' stuff, I just kept sitting in the garden reading just one more chapter, before I knew it I was almost at the end, and then it just wasn't possible to put the damn thing down anyway so had to carry on until I'd finished it.
Absolutely fascinating. I couldn't wait to see what was happening. What was to come next.
I'm really beginning to like the character Jennifer and I can see a bright future for her. Working alongside Will, they are investigating a new case that seems to linked to a Tarot card reader who is names as The Raven. called upon to investigate strange deaths as part of the elite Operation Moonlight team, Jennifer and Will waste no time. They make a great team. As well as the on going operation, I felt I really got to know the characters a lot better this time, I can see how this series could grow and grow.
And I've now decided that instead of feeling guilty for falling behind in these books, I think my sixth sense made me not read them, because as I reached the ending of this book, I really wanted more and I'm now able to dive right into book 3. So as they say 'Every Cloud, has a silver lining'
The story itself and the very clever way it has been written drags you right into the book, you could almost be their as part of the team. It's an easy book to get lost in, and the twists are very cleverly done.
I can't praise this series of books enough so far, and I'd love to stay and tell you some more, because I feel I could waffle on about this all day, but sorry I have book 3 to dive into, so that's all from me folks. All I have left to say is this is a must read of series.
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 disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.
Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.
As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?
A terrifying, addictive, serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.
Well I seem to have fallen a little behind in my reading, and I'm playing catch up with some fantastic books. And here we have another amazing read by the very talented Caroline Mitchell.
I read and enjoyed the first book to feature Ruby Preston - Death note. So I was really looking forward to starting this. I started it as soon as little one had gone to school, and I'd raced round the house with the hoover and duster, just to make it look like I wasn't entirely lazy. This book then managed to take over my day. I sat down with it, and occasionally got up to make my self a cuppa, but I was soon sat down again each time clutching my kindle, enthralled in the pages of the book.
I was there with Ruby, working the case with her.
Ruby is one awesome character, her work/private life has a tough balance. And sometimes the two just can't help but cross over.
Women are going missing and being murdered, It's down to Detective Ruby Preston and her team to investigate.
Things seem a little to straight forward when they think they have the suspect early on in the case. But when another body is found it seems the police need to look elsewhere.
Nathan Crosby is Ruby's on off lover, the father of her child. As much as she tries to resist him there is chemistry between then can not be ignored. Nathan soon becomes prime suspect when body parts are found under his bed.
Does Nathan have anything to do with the murders or is he, like he says being set up.
Ruby is torn between her job and her feelings for super criminal Nathan. And it's going to take a lot for her to manage her job and her feelings.
An exceptional nail biting tense read. I would have no problems what so ever recommending this book and the previous book to anyone who likes a heart pumping, nail biting read.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
‘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?
Detective Ruby Preston Crime Thriller Series
Where do you start, when you have read a book like this, when writing a review becomes so much more difficult.
This is again one of those times when I really wish that I knew how to put my feelings and thoughts, into the correct words. Words that make it sound so much better than, things like, Read it. Buy it. You'll love it. Because basically that is pretty much all I want to say. It's when I wish I could come up with something that sounds intellectual, like I know what I'm talking about.
Well I'm not intellectual, but I do know what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a book, a book that is the first book in what can only be a freaking awesome series, if this first one is anything to go by.
It still amazes me that there are so so many crime, authors out there. Yet somehow this story is original, intriguing yet different all at the same time. I'm guessing Caroline's career in the police has greatly helped her when writing such a true to life story.
I have to say it was pretty creepy in parts. It will certainly have you holding your breath on more than one occasion.
We have women being killed, killed by someone they believe to be a daughter they gave up years ago, that in itself is creepy, but the way this book has been written and so brilliantly put together, well it just makes the hairs on your neck stand up.
Working the case is Ruby and her team. It's a tough case and has a very personal feel about it, to Ruby.
I really liked Ruby as a character, she was flawed, not perfect but doesn't really care. She has one hell of a screwed up personal life. And one that if she is not careful could screw up her work life to.
But I am so looking forward to see how this goes over future books.
I'm looking forward to seeing just where this series will go, and how the hell Caroline is going to manage to improve on this one. (NO pressure there Caroline).
I really can't wait for more from this series.
You don’t know him. But he knows you.
Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.
Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …
With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.
A heart-stopping supernatural thriller to engross fans of Rachel Abbott, Paul Finch and James Oswald.
My Review. 4/5
After the big cover reveal on Twitter of this book and what turned into a mad crazy twitter party, lol. I managed to get a copy via Netgalley, I was really happy and looking forward to reading something new, from a new author.
so thanks to Caroline and Bookouture for allowing me the chance to read this book.
I think Caroline has done a great job in writing this book. It’s a book that really made me think. I’m a believer in the paranormal, and regularly have readings. But I couldn't decide if I liked the idea of it being such a big part in the crimes. Maybe not liking is the wrong description. I struggled getting my head around a lot of it. Not in a bad way, I must say.
DC Knight is, a strong character and she is battling scars of what I can only describe as a very unhappy childhood, and a serious case off OCD. I think the story of this helps us to understand her more, and her psychic abilities Which not everyone believes in. Some see her as someone who could be suffering some sort of mental breakdown.
Investigating crimes that Jennifer is convinced are linked, and linked to the past. Crimes in which her own mother, helped to solve. Is she right, or is she seeing too much into it, and trying to make connections that are not there.
One thing that must be hard for author’s now is standing out from the crowd. But I think Caroline has done it with this book. It really is well written and put together.
And it has an ending that was just, well a shock. I didn't see what was coming. i guess it is left so the life and career of Jennifer can only grow, which I think would make a very interesting book 2.
I have tried my best to do this review without giving too much away, and it's left me feeling I haven't said enough. But i don't like spoiling things for those who have not read the book yet.
So give it a go, i think you will like it.
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