Friday, November 03, 2017

Review: Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell (audio)

Title: Sleep Tight
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Series: Detective Ruby Preston, #2
Narrator: Emma Newman
Published: July 2017, Audible Studios
Length: 10 hours 10 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible

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?

My thoughts: This is the second book in Caroline Mitchell's Detective Ruby Preston series and I am really enjoying it, despite the fact that it is quite a dark, twisted series! I will say before getting into my thoughts on this particular installment, I highly recommend reading the first book, Death Note (which was originally called Love You to Death) to get the full character development and some back story...but that's just my opinion!

I loved the twist on the fairy tales that is the basis of the crimes that Ruby and her team are focusing on here. We all know that those Disney fairy tales we know so well are really based on much darker, violent tales and Caroline Mitchell uses those originals here to base her killer on. It's gruesome, yet somehow it pulls you in and you are as desperate as Ruby is to figure it all out before another girl is murdered.

I love the way there are always so many threads going on at once in these books. In addition to the murders, Nathan Crosby, Ruby's boyfriend, is being framed and she is put in the precarious position of needing to not only solve the case but prove that he is innocent. But what makes things even trickier is that no one knows about her relationship with Nathan...especially since he isn't always on the right side of the law. 

This book is jam-packed with action and twists and turns. Once again we do find out who the killer is pretty early on and the cat and mouse game he plays with the cops is intense. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out why he is doing all this and how it will come to a conclusion. This is another stellar installment in this series and I am looking forward to the next one!

Audio thoughts: Emma Newman did a great job with this audio - she was consistent with the voices from the previous book...something I really look at as I am a big listener of series on audio. I thought that her pacing was good and her voice had just the right amount of tension and suspense when needed. I'm hoping that she will continue to narrate this series for as long as it continues - I'm a big fan of continuity with narrators!

Books in this series:
  1. Death Note (Formerly called Love You to Death)
  2. Sleep Tight
  3. Murder Game 


1 comment

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed listening to this audio book, Kristin. This story (and series) sounds pretty scary and twisted!


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