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- Print Length: 344 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078W7X1KV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“With her police officer experience, Caroline Mitchell is a thriller writer who knows how to deliver on plot, character and, most importantly, emotion, in any book she writes.” —My Weekly
“Thrilling, chilling, and oh so creepy. Excellent storytelling from Caroline Mitchell, highly recommended.” —Patricia Gibney, author of the Detective Lottie Parker series
“This book had everything—an excellent police procedural with tension, pace, and compelling storyline but with the added psychological element. I was captivated from the very first word.” —Angela Marsons, author of the D.I. Kim Stone series
About the Author
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time.
She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about her at www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).
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The reader can sympathize with DI Amy Winter- the trauma she endured at such a young age and how that affects her as an adult. Caroline's characters come to life and you care about them...Amy, Paddy, Molly, Pike, Dougie and Hermione. You even care about the villain - Lillian - she is such a hate-filled and manipulative woman - she has no conscience. These characters have depth and emotion. Truth and Lies is an amazing story that will stay with you long after you've finished reading it!! It's full of suspense and a roller coaster of twists and turns. I could not put it down - I couldn't go to sleep - I HAD to finish it and I'm glad I did!
Truth and Lies hits the ground running from the very beginning to the end! It begins with Poppy witnessing the murder of her sister, Sally-Ann. As Amy becomes an adult, she starts remembering events from her childhood and begins her search for the truth - whether she likes what she finds or not.
DC Paddy Bryne is Amy's co-worker; he has a secret he is ashamed to talk about. When he finally tells Amy - he knows what he must do for his own safety and sanity!
I loved reading Poppy's back story - it explains a lot of her personality.
In the end, Amy accepts who she is and comes to terms with her past. Paddy reaches a point where he knows what he must do if he wants to be happy.
Truth and Lies is a heart-pounding, gut-wrenching story. As a HUGE fan of Caroline's books, I look forward to reading more of DI Amy Winter!
BRAVO, Caroline!! I'm in "book heaven"!!!
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The second thing is, the writing. There are two NO NO's in writing (says this professional editor, before you question my comments!) one is dangling participles, which Ms Mitchell uses so extensively the storyline disappears. These are any words ending n -ing used to start a sentence... and so, Pausing, she... Reaching, she... and so on, ad nauseum. The second thing is starting sentences with As - As she looked around, she - rather than, She looked around and... which makes a better balanced sentence. Writing is about balance, matching dialogue with narrative so there isn't a block of text on the page or kindle screen.l Ms Mitchell (and her editor) have a lot to learn in that regard.
I will not be buying any more of this author's work.
After reading this I was hooked!!!!!
Meet Detective Amy Winter who has been given a very high profile case. A school girl has gone missing from her home and a letter has been sent to Amy, when she reads what it contains her world falls apart.
The letter has come from a prison and the author of the letter is no other than Lillian Crimes who is one half of a killer partnership. Why has the letter been sent to Amy and what does Lillian want????
This book is WOW WOW WOW WOW. I was up until 3am to finish this book. I devoured it. Caroline Mitchell is one of my favourites authors and her latest well I have no words. This book hooks in and does not let you go. It is like taking a ride on a rocket. STRAP YOURSELF IN AND ENJOY THE RIDE!!!!!!!!
I would like to thank the author Caroline Mitchell, Amazon Publishing UK and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
From the very beginning of this book I was caught, hook, line and sinker. It is quite a dramatic opening, a newspaper report on the crimes perpetrated by the pair - Jack and Lillian Grimes - giving us the bare outline of what has happened and the direction this story may take. The author then leads us to 1986, and the incident which was the beginning of the end for this pair of brutal killers. And once you have read these two chapters you will be hooked. I started reading while I was waiting for my train to Edinburgh and I had to pack the kindle away when the train was nearly due or there was every chance I would have missed it as I was so engrossed in the reading.
In essence, the story boils down to mind games on the part of the sole remaining murdered, Lillian Grimes, who seems determined to suck Amy into her twisted world, no matter what. To complicate matters, Amy is faced with a personal dilemma. Does she reveal the very personal link she has to the killer and potentially damage her career and the case, or does she keep it a secret and face the consequences? Now Amy is a highly principled Officer, very meticulous and good at her job and I really liked her, but sometimes I did find myself frustrated as I wish she had been more honest from the start. I get why she wasn't, and to be fair as a plot device it is a far more dramatic premise, but she risks being compromised by her silence. Still, despite all of the truths she uncovered, she remained unwaveringly resilient and determined and I couldn't help but like her.
Caroline Mitchell really does create great characters, and people you love to hate. Lillian Grimes is an example of this, someone as dark and twisted as you could expect from a serial killer. Or is she? There are one or two moments which may give you cause to doubt. Was she merely caught up in Jack's crazed state of mind just like everyone else? The trouble is that it is, for the most part, her word against the evidence, as the fractured memories of Amy only slowly begin to return. There are times when it is clear that Lillian may well be another innocent victim and there is much uncertainty over the evidence against her adding another layer of doubt and unsettling you as a reader and your surety of what is going on. Aside from the two central characters, you have those who circle around Amy's world, DCI Hazel Pike and DS Paddy Byrne amongst others. All richly drawn characters they add texture to the story. Paddy in particular I liked, although he has his own demons to battle which will have you in two minds about him too.
Being part cold case and part new, the pacing in this book varies but the tension never ceases and the atmospheric nature of some of the scenes will give you chills. The story is told over a dual timeline. Most of it is told in the present day, shadowing the investigations in real time but on occasion we are fed the slowly returning memories of a little girl, the only person strong enough to make a stand against the murderous duo, albeit a reluctant and not entirely conscious one. You will feel your heart break for little Poppy, her emotions divided and her will uncertain as she is removed from the only reality she has ever known. Caroline Mitchell has done an excellent job of presenting the truth through a child's eyes, one who sees everything but does not have the benefit of age and experience to understand all that she is seeing.
My only regret about the whole book? They never did find Hammy ...
If you are looking for a creepy, thrilling, tense and atmospheric story of manipulation and murder then you really ought to pick this up. Be prepared to lose great chunks of your day mind as when this book gets a hold of you, it won't want to let go. Top stuff.
Lillian is the epitome of evil. A manipulative puppet mistress. Professing her innocence but if she’s that innocent why keep quiet for so long? She pushes all the right buttons with Amy. Caroline Mitchell has perfectly crafted this woman; she gave me the heebie jeebies. I couldn’t trust her as far as I could throw her which isn’t far and I was willing Amy not to be taken in by her!
Amy is the subject of bombshells from the start and her head spinning throughout the story. It doesn’t help matters that she’s only just buried the man who has influenced her life the most. She’s a tenacious detective following her late father’s example, determined to get justice and peace for the victims of this evil couple which could be likened to some of the recent real life serial killing couples.
Caroline Mitchell has written a brilliant tale of cat and mouse as Lillian plays Amy to give Amy what she needs. Unbeknownst to the DI, Lillian has an agenda which is yet another deafening blow in Amy’s life. This left me shocked and in disbelief. I found this book seriously addictive, devoured it in a day.
Just as everything seems to be all sewn up, Mitchell packs another punch into the tale leaving me reeling and wanting more from DI Winters. I so need to read book 2….stat!
The other thing that rattled me was it's so obviously based on Fred and Rosemary West and their nightmare reign. Use a source, absolutely, but mix it up so it's not so easily identifiable to a reader. A shame... the premise is interesting. What does happen to a child reared in those circumstances is material many would like to explore.
After the death of her police officer father, DI Amy Winter finds out that she was adopted at the age of 4. Her real name Poppy. She is shocked to find out that she is the daughter of serial killers Jack and Lillian Grimes. Who preyed on young girls bringing them to their house and murdering and burying them in different parts of the city? With the shock of finding out about her birth parents and the death of her adopted father, Amy finds it hard to cope with her emotions. But has to keep it under wraps and when she has to meet Lillian in prison and do what she says, and visit her brother Damien and sister Mandy, so Lillian will confess where three bodies are buried.
This is another gripping thriller by this Author that I really enjoyed. It had a great plot. Different to other detective series I have read. Great characters, lots of twists and turns I didn’t want to end. Can’t wait to read book two
The impact on Amy is unimaginable and as the plot unfolds, she must make contact with Lillian in prison if the bodies of the couples last 3 victims are to be found. Amy must battle with her conscious AND keep her emotions under control if she wants the truth. But with twists and turns along the way, which include the disappearance of another young girl, this book keeps you guessing all the way to the end. Congratulations to the author for another gripping tale of suspense.
This sentence alone, piqued my interest!
I felt for Amy, the detective, mourning the death of her beloved father, who was also in the police.
However, she was soon ready to return to work.
There was news that a girl had gone missing. Where was she? There was no trace of her.
Next, we started hearing about Lillian Grimes, in prison for murder. Why would she write , requesting a visit by Amy, a serving officer? Does she have more to say about her crimes?
This story was fast pacing, and I hated Lillian Grimes and her husband, by the end.
An unputdownable story.
Based on the Wests/ Brady and Hindley the plot was unoriginal to say the least
Also the detective visiting the serial killer has been done to death in recent books and much better
The standard of writing was poor and amateurish
Can not recommend
DI Amy Winters is mourning the loss of her police officer father, who she has always looked up to and admired. Then she receives a letter through the post from Lillian Grimes, one half of the notorious husband and wife killers. The letter reveals that Amy is actually their daughter and her mother wants to see her. The shock revelation has a massive impact to Amy and she must now jump through hopes in the hope that her mother will reveal the burial sites of three of their victims.
A great start to a new series that kept me hooked right from the very start. I absolutely loved Amy and most of her colleagues but Lillian is definitely a character that you will love to hate !! I am really looking forward to reading the second instalment to see what happens to Amy Winters.
Truth and lies is a very cleverly constructed story, somehow all elements that we love in this type of novel are here. But she has managed to work them in, without being cliché.
The pace of this story was incredible, jumped back in to the past a few times, but just enough to support the story development. This is a true battle of good versus evil, but who fits into what category? There are so many possible ways this story could have gone. Every time I thought I had worked it out, I was proved wrong.
I said at the start of the review, I hadn't read any of this author before, that is definitely going to change.
It's and ingeniously woven tale of a twisted, vindictive and controlling person who meets her match in her own daughter. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I think it's probably time for me to switch my choice of genre for a while. This book like most books of this genre isn't for the feint hearted. It's excellently written and flows from one era of time to another and back again. There's no doubt that Caroline, the author, has absorbed her work in the police and very talented in taking that onto the written page.