Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review: Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell (audio)


Title: Truth and Lies
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Series: DI Amy Mitchell
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden
Published: August 2018, Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes
Source: Publisher

Summary: 
Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.
 
DI 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?


 
My thoughts: Caroline Mitchell has become a favorite crime fiction author after I became a fan of her Detective Ruby Preston series as well as some of her stand-alone books. So of course I was thrilled to see that she had a brand new series coming out and just had to give it a try - and what a great start it is off to!!!

Right from the start, I was drawn into this story and really, I never felt my attention wane. This book kept me engaged throughout and at times, my pulse was racing as the twists and turns were thrown at me. It is such a layered story, and the mind games that go on between DI Amy Winters and Lillian Grimes really ups the ante here. There really is a sick game of cat and mouse going on at times. It is a chilling tale and one that might be a bit dark for some readers - it is creepy at times - but I found it utterly fascinating.

This book is filled with a great cast of characters that are well-drawn and complex. They all come to life and you can really sympathize with them. You can't help but loving some of the characters while hating others, but even though you despise them, you still end up feeling something for them - and that is no easy feat to carry off for an author. 

I loved that the surprises in this book just kept coming...even when you think there won't be any more, there's still another...and that next book cannot come out soon enough!


Audio thoughts: I am quite familiar with narrator Elizabeth Knowelden and thought she did a great job with this narration. She was able to give each of the characters their own unique voice and her pacing and intonation was spot on. Since I am planning on listening to this series all the way through, I do hope Elizabeth will be the narrator all the way through...I really do like consistency in a series! I guess we will see when the next book comes out...


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