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About Caroline Mitchell
Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family in a village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, she has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Caroline writes psychological and crime thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached No.1 in the Amazon charts in the UK, USA and Australia and was the winner of the Reader's Favourite Awards in the psychological thriller category. It has been described as 'brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy'.
Set in Notting Hill, London, her new DI Amy Winter thriller series, Truth and Lies and The Secret Child are published by Thomas & Mercer.
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An Amazon Charts bestseller.
Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.
Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.
It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…
Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.
Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.
A victim on display. A detective on the rails.
Shopping with her sister, DI Amy Winter is admiring a Valentine’s Day window display of a perfect bride encrusted in diamonds and resplendent in lace—until she notices blood oozing from the mannequin’s mouth.
This is no stunt. A post-mortem reveals the victim was left to die on her macabre throne for all to see. When a second victim is found, it emerges that both women were ‘Sugar Babes’ arranging dates with older men online—and Amy finds herself hunting an accomplished psychopath.
As she tracks down the killer, Amy’s instincts go into overdrive when the charismatic head of the agency behind the display makes no attempt to hide his fascination with her serial-killer parents. What exactly does he want from Amy? With her own world in freefall as her biological mother, Lillian Grimes, appeals her conviction, Amy pushes the boundaries of police procedure when a third ‘Sugar Babe’ disappears…Is she as much at risk as the killer’s victims?
She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.
Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.
Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.
When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…
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?
DI Amy Winter knows evil. She’s lived through it.
Four-year-old Ellen is snatched by a stranger in the dead of night. Her devastated mother, Nicole, receives four identical phials and a threatening note in a familiar scrawl that chills her to the bone. But she always knew this would happen. She’s been expecting it for years . . .
According to the note, one of the phials is poisoned. Nicole is given a deadly challenge: if she drinks one, the sadistic kidnapper will notify the police of Ellen’s location. The sender claims to be Luka Volkov but Luka is supposed to be dead, killed long ago in a fire that haunts all those involved.
DI Amy Winter is still reeling from the discovery that she is the daughter of a serial killer, and her childhood trauma only makes her more determined to bring Ellen home. When another child is taken, Amy finds herself in a race against time. To rescue the children, must she seek help from the one person she wants to forget?
Twenty years ago you were forced to give your daughter up. Now she’s back. Or is she?
Women who’ve had to give up children for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.
East London Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But when bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, it carries the echo of a memory in Ruby's mind. The tinkling of a music box. A mother and child reunion...
Then just as Ruby thinks they've made a breakthrough, she receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.
Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?
Death Note is a serial killer thriller packed with twists. If you like Karin Slaughter, Angela Marsons and Val McDermid, discover Caroline Mitchell’s new series today.
Previously published as Love You To Death
What everyone’s saying about Death Note:
‘I was completely HOOKED! … Amazing five stars from me.’ Feminisia Libros Reviews
‘Oh my God....... this book blew me away!! Absolutely loved this, and here's to many more Ruby Preston books!!! … kept me hooked right till the last page :)))’ The Book Guzzler
‘I couldn’t put it down … kept me awake half the night … The hairs stood up on the back of my neck.’ Mrs Bloggs Books
‘Just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker! … I was through this book in 3 days! I just gobbled it up.’ Next Book Review
‘This crime thriller is beyond perfection, disturbingly amazing and impossible to put down! Looking forward to more of the author's works. I already love her. Just...perfect.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘I loved this book, it twisted and turned me until I was as tightly wound as a corkscrew! A chilling tale that will have you terrified to answer a knock at your door. I mean seriously don't read this book in the dark on your own! … I literally could not put this book down.’ Chapter In My Life
‘OMG what a corker of a book … I absolutely love Ruby. What a fantastic character … I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough … Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ By The Letter Book Reviews
‘The ending was...whoa … a twist I DID NOT SEE COMING!’ Goodreads Reviewer
An International Thriller Writers Award finalist.
To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.
It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.
Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.
Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to the police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…
As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.
To catch a killer, you must first think like one...
A serial killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with married women. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending three disturbing images to their husbands: alive, tortured, dead.
When Detective Ruby Preston receives a new photograph of a terrified victim, she must try and work out where she is, before it’s too late.
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 persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting. But will the dark and charming Mason Gatley really help her catch the killer before someone else dies? Or will Ruby be the next victim?
An utterly addictive and unputdownable crime thriller, packed with twists until the final page. If you love reading Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James you’ll be hooked by this book.
What readers are saying about Murder Game:
‘OMG fantastic thriller by Caroline Mitchell…This story had me hooked from start to finish, kept my attention as we race to find the killer before he strikes again… A page turner that kept me riveted with the twists and turns that awaited me…’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! Every time I finish one of Caroline Mitchell's books I'm aware that I've spent the most part on the edge of my seat, mouth hanging open in shock and my heart hammering away! This was a real page turner with such a captivating plot…’ Claire Loves to Read, 5 stars
‘One word: brilliant! … totally blew my mind. Talk about chills running up and down your spine. Murder Game is one dark and intense ride and had me guessing until the end.’ Novel Deelights, 5 stars
‘Wow! Caroline Mitchell really outdid herself here! I wasn't able to guess who the killer was until Mitchell had it flashing on a sign for me at 92%, but of course, that wasn't all... she threw a massive twist in on top of it!’ Next Book Review, 5 stars
‘Gripped me from the start. I loved every minute of it… And the ending wow I wasn’t expecting that at all.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘What a dizzying roller-coaster ride! Now that I've finished this book, I can finally take some deep breaths and allow my heart beat to return to normal. The author took me through twists, turns and an intricate and fast-paced plot…The ending just made me gasp.’ Relax and Read reviews, 5 stars
‘Murder Game is the gritty new thriller from Caroline Mitchell and it’s guaranteed to have you hooked from the very first page… I couldn’t put it down…
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.
Read what everyone’s saying about Sleep Tight:
‘Bloody hell! This is one of Caroline Mitchell’s best yet! … it was brill, a proper page turner and a must read … you HAVE to read this and devour it for yourself - you won’t be able to put it down.’ (5*) Laura’s Book Corner
“Holy cow what a book! ... This is a story full of tension, fast paced yet so atmospheric. A page turner that ensures you keep reading … superb, magnificent and all-in-all frickin marvellous.” 5* Ali - The Dragon Slayer
“OMG!!! DS Ruby Preston is back with one hell of a bang! Mitchell has once again nailed it, a fantastic plot full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Massive 5* from me!" Have Books, Will Read
“1-2-3 and breathe...... OMG Caroline Mitchell's writing never fails to amaze me… twisted, menacing and gripping … you are in for a hell of a ride and the author does not disappoint, no sirree she takes the reader on a dark and twisted ride and I loved every minute of it.” The Book Review Café
“Get ready for some twists and shocks along the way, all of which I never saw coming and resulted in me reading much of the book with my mouth hanging open. Already hungry for my next Ruby fix” Angela Marsons
“Holy moly, this was an absolute corker. It had everything. Twists, turns, upside downs... the lot! I read this book in a day and honestly couldn't turn the pages quickly enough… This book will leave you holding your breath. Just remember to breathe at the end of it!! Can’t wait for the next instalment.” Goodreads Reviewer
“Oh my goodness, I loved this book!!.. I couldn't put it down!!... The story is dark, twisted and full of detail… definitely one of the best I've read lately in the crime genre- 5 stars no hesitation.” Donna’s Book Blog
“This book was fantastic, I loved every single page!...
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
What readers are saying about Time to Die
‘Fan-bloody-tastic! I enjoyed this book so much that I forced myself to read slowly as I just could not bear for it to end … I thought the story was brilliant. The characters were creative and kept me hooked. The twists and turns kept me gasping for more… Could not recommend this book any more highly!’ Crime Book Junkie
‘Takes the reader on a creepy and thrilling roller coaster of a ride. It is the perfect mixture of crime and the supernatural. With a jaw dropping twist near the end, which I seriously did not see coming, this book is an absolute must read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews
‘One of my favourite five star reads of the last 12 months and I have read and reviewed 500 books over that period… I absolutely loved it for so many reasons, including the fact that it made for compelling reading and kept me intrigued from start to finish.’ Book Lover Catlady
‘I kept turning the pages long after I should have gone to bed. Top that off with a cracking twist that I didn't even spy until the last minute and you have a winner.’ Reading Room with a View
‘This is a well written supernatural detective story, with a surprising twist that I guarantee will keep you glued to the last page… at times I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough, it’s atmospheric, gritty and at times just plain scary, and what a twist at the end.’ The Book Review Café
‘Well done to Caroline Mitchell for writing one of the best sequels I have ever read. A truly gifted author who makes her characters feel real.’ Sean’s Book Reviews
‘Wow, what an amazing book with such a different twist – I loved it … I love this genre and have read a lot of crime/serial killer thriller books and this has to be one of the best that I have read this year.
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.
Discover the other books in the DC Jennifer Knight series:
1. DON'T TURN AROUND
2. TIME TO DIE
3. THE SILENT TWIN
What reviewers are saying about Don’t Turn Around
‘With a brilliant cast of crime characters, and a plot that was enough to make me feel dizzy, this was a compelling book that I just couldn't get enough of. Every word, every page, every murder, every guess... I couldn't wait for the final piece of the jigsaw to fit into place… the word 'thrilling' just doesn't do this justice.’ Becca’s Books
‘This is a fantastically written story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and I really didn't want to put it down and was gutted when it ended but what an ending it was and one I didn't see coming at all.’ It’s All About the Books
‘This is a promising and well written supernatural detective story, with a surprising twist. One to look out for!’ Northern Crime
‘Loved this book! A strong, independent, smart heroine and a hair raising plot made this a read in one sitting book!’ Books for Avid Readers
‘It was truly a great read and well written… I recommend it to everyone that enjoys murder mysteries with a twist.’ Word Gurgle
Q&A with Caroline Mitchell
Q: What was the inspiration behind Don’t Turn Around?
A: I wanted to bring my readers on a journey and based it on two of the most thrilling subjects I know – police and the paranormal. I had several ideas for my first novel but Frank Foster’s character came to me one sleepless night and refused to go away.
Q: Like D.C. Jennifer Knight, you have had some terrifying paranormal experiences. How much of your own background has gone into the novel? And do you see much of yourself in Jennifer?
A: In my true story, we were plunged into the world of the supernatural, as our home became a virtual playground for a real life ‘Paranormal Intruder’. Both D.C. Knight and I had to dig deep to cope with the frightening challenges before us.
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
What people are saying about The Silent Twin:
‘This was everything I hoped it would be and then some. Dark, dangerous, intense, and with a killer plot that held me completely captive, it is my favourite yet from Mitchell.’ Becca’s Books
Caroline Mitchell is one hell of an author! With every book in this fantastic series her writing just goes from strength to strength.’ Booklover Catlady
‘It'll take you on a heart-thumping, breath-taking rollercoaster of a ride and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. I highly recommend this book, I loved it.’ Deecees's Books
‘A real page turner that makes the hair on your arms stand up. ’ Sean’s Book Reviews
‘Extremely well written, the suspense is palpable, and the last 20 pages or so are breathtaking…A really good whodunit with several suspects to keep the reader guessing.’ Strong Book Reviews
‘I actually read this in a morning and was completely glued. She has developed a style that just immerses the reader, totally absorbing and completely engaging. 5*/5’ Postcard Reviews
‘This book is FANTASTIC and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single word of it. I was absolutely hooked from the word go…left my heart pounding and my brain whirring. Caroline’s writing style is quick paced, descriptive and is one that definitely keeps a reader’s interest…Definitely an author to get excited about. 5/5. ’ Hollie in Wanderlust
‘5 Stars …This book was amazing, I was instantly hooked…My jaw dropped so many times while reading. ’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review
‘By heck I was NOT disappointed…I read this book twice…totally wowed away all my expectations…bold, gripping and really confident …my number 1 book of the year…an awesome read…I could not put it down.