Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1)
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?

Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1) Details

TitleTruth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 30th, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Truth and Lies (DI Amy Winter, #1) Review

  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    A great crime thriller should keep the reader on the edge of their seat as they anticipate what is about to come next - this is where Caroline Mitchell excels and she never lets me down.DI Amy Winter hopes to be a highly respected police officer just like her father before her, but when she receives a letter from the infamous Lillian Grimes, her whole world promises to fall apart. Grimes is one half of the psychopathic husband and wife team of serial killers. This letter wasn’t sent at random th A great crime thriller should keep the reader on the edge of their seat as they anticipate what is about to come next - this is where Caroline Mitchell excels and she never lets me down.DI Amy Winter hopes to be a highly respected police officer just like her father before her, but when she receives a letter from the infamous Lillian Grimes, her whole world promises to fall apart. Grimes is one half of the psychopathic husband and wife team of serial killers. This letter wasn’t sent at random though because Grimes informs Amy that she is her biological mother!Grimes is willing to reveal the burial sites of her final 3 victims, but only if Amy will play along with her twisted little games. Grimes is a manipulative person and, who cares if her daughter is a DI, she won’t treat her any differently to anyone else. Amy finds herself in an impossible situation, creating a conflict of interest on the one hand, but on the other, Grimes insists that only Amy can have this information! Running alongside all of this is a kidnapping case involving the young teenage daughter of a TV personality which leads to a surprising twist!Truth and Lies was a deftly constructed narrative that touched all the bases appreciated by readers of this genre, without reducing them to tired clichés. Caroline Mitchell has all the necessary experience needed via her former career as a Metropolitan Police Detective to portray the darker aspects of contemporary British life, from our fascination with violent crime to the compulsion to share anything and everything on social media.Oh boy this was a terrific read that raced along at quite a pace, and was completely and utterly engaging. The first in a new series is always welcomed with a degree of reticence- will it live up to other offerings from the author? Well fear not, Caroline Mitchell has done it again, absolutely brilliant, and I loved DI Amy Winter - looks like the start of a great new series !* Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for my Arc in exchange for an honest unbiased review *
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  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    January 1, 1970
    DI Amy Winter is a strong, resilient and respected police officer. She wants nothing more than to make her recently deceased police officer father proud. Then she receives a letter from Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious and prolific serial murder duo, claiming she is her birth mother. This book had some serious cat and mouse action going between Amy & Lillian. I enjoyed their back and forth push and pull. Lillian is pure evil. She is a master manipulator, excelling at mind games. Amy n DI Amy Winter is a strong, resilient and respected police officer. She wants nothing more than to make her recently deceased police officer father proud. Then she receives a letter from Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious and prolific serial murder duo, claiming she is her birth mother. This book had some serious cat and mouse action going between Amy & Lillian. I enjoyed their back and forth push and pull. Lillian is pure evil. She is a master manipulator, excelling at mind games. Amy never backs down, despite the turmoil she endures as her childhood memories begin to resurface. Amy must face her past in order to uncover the location of long hidden bodies and possibly save a young girl's life. The story took some well crafted twists & turns and left us with a very enticing cliffhanger. Mitchell certainly has an excellent start to a series here. I look forward to seeing what book 2 has in store for Amy.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Suspenseful new police procedural series led by an intelligent DI who has quite an intriguing past.While DI Amy Winter is morning the death of her beloved father, she is stunned when she receives a letter call from Lillian Grimes, a woman serving life in prison for the murdering the teenage girls that she and her husband kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Lillian makes Amy an offer she can't refuse: She will reveal to Amy where the girls are buried if Amy complies with all of her requests. She also Suspenseful new police procedural series led by an intelligent DI who has quite an intriguing past.While DI Amy Winter is morning the death of her beloved father, she is stunned when she receives a letter call from Lillian Grimes, a woman serving life in prison for the murdering the teenage girls that she and her husband kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Lillian makes Amy an offer she can't refuse: She will reveal to Amy where the girls are buried if Amy complies with all of her requests. She also provides Amy with some interesting information about her childhood. Amy gives into Lillian’s demands, but she might be playing right into this psychopath's hands. Amy now must now battle childhood demons, a manipulative psychopath, and as well as an elusive kidnapper. There are multiple storylines and several different narrators including, Amy, Poppy, Paddy, Hemmy, and Lilian. It’s a little confusing at first, but everything comes together. Amy has the largest role. Her colleague Paddy also has a major storyline. The ending wraps up a little too neatly (or so it seems until we get to the final page). I am not sure how I feel Elaine’s revelation but more about that can hopefully be answered in the next book. There are some very sick and twisted scenes that involve rape, physical violence, and domestic abuse. This is a well-plotted, character-driven first installment in the DI Amy Winter series. Amy’s character is a force to be reckoned with. The reader gets to know her very well, but I wanted to know more about the years between her childhood and the present moment. Paddy was also quite likable. The ending along with the revelation of Amy’s background set things up to make the next installment very interesting. I really don't have time for another series, but I couldn't resist reading this after seeing so many glowing reviews from my Goodreads friends. I recommend to those who enjoy police procedurals.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Amazon UK Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Caroline Mitchell, especially her Ruby Preston series. So, I was anxious to read about her new DI, Amy Winters. Amy has just lost her adoptive father, a respected police supervisor. Early in the book she learns her birth parents were serial murderers. Her birth mother, still alive and in prison, promises to reveal the whereabouts of three unfound victims if Amy visits. Mitchell does a great job of painting Lillian as a true psychopath. Her promises to provide the information wi I am a big fan of Caroline Mitchell, especially her Ruby Preston series. So, I was anxious to read about her new DI, Amy Winters. Amy has just lost her adoptive father, a respected police supervisor. Early in the book she learns her birth parents were serial murderers. Her birth mother, still alive and in prison, promises to reveal the whereabouts of three unfound victims if Amy visits. Mitchell does a great job of painting Lillian as a true psychopath. Her promises to provide the information will come at a cost for Amy. There are multiple storylines here. Not just Amy’s, but her DS Paddy also has his own secrets. And they’re handling a high profile kidnapping. This book raises interesting questions about the whole nature vs. nurture issue. Does Amy really have tainted blood? I also like seeing Amy in comparison to her siblings who weren’t fortunate enough to be adopted by a loving family. It’s also a timely book with sexism in the workplace rearing its ugly head. This is a well done police procedural. Amy is a well defined, three dimensional character. Mitchell isn’t one for fancy writing but she hits the nail on the head with some of her observations. “The two women were lost. Powerless. Whoever had taken Hemmy had robbed them of everything. Involuntary spectators, all they could do was stand by and watch events play out.” The pace of the book is fast and the story is engrossing. As with so many mysteries, you get the sense early on how the stories will come together, but that didn’t dampen the appeal for me. It also didn’t mean that I had any clue who the kidnapper was or how the ending was going to play out. I’ll be anxious for book two in the series. My thanks to netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book of a new series by the Caroline Mitchell featuring DI Amy Winter. I have read every book published by the author and not only enjoyed them immensely but have always been impressed by the consistently high standard set by her. This book is sure to be another top seller and I am sure the series will grow and grow. The main focus of the book "Amy" is complex as all good thriller characters tend to be and she has dark secrets that she would prefer stay that way.DI Amy Winter h This is the first book of a new series by the Caroline Mitchell featuring DI Amy Winter. I have read every book published by the author and not only enjoyed them immensely but have always been impressed by the consistently high standard set by her. This book is sure to be another top seller and I am sure the series will grow and grow. The main focus of the book "Amy" is complex as all good thriller characters tend to be and she has dark secrets that she would prefer stay that way.DI Amy Winter hopes to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father and all is progressing rather well until she receives a letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes. The writer of the letter was half of the notorious husband and wife serial killers who committed a series of killings many years ago. The letter contains a revelation that will change Amy for ever and shatter her life as she knows it.Lillian Grimes is a psychopathic murderer and Amy’s biological mother and she now wants to reveal the location of three of her victims but at a cost. Amy's work colleagues actively search for a young missing girl who was kidnapped from her home while Amy must face her own dark past and try to uncover the missing bodies.Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all my Goodread friends. One more point, I was honoured to be included as a minor character in Amy's team in this book and it was a great thrill for me. I have proudly told everyone who will listen to me and have great hopes to be included in future books in this series.I would like to thank the author Caroline Mitchell for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping, twisty, and sophisticated!Truth and Lies is an intelligent, suspenseful, police procedural that introduces us to DI Amy Winter, a resilient, determined young woman who finds herself immersed in the investigation to find a missing teen, while also struggling to come to grips with the knowledge that her biological parents were serial killers and three of their victims still need to be found.The prose is intricate and absorbing. The characters, including the sinister, despicable villaines Gripping, twisty, and sophisticated!Truth and Lies is an intelligent, suspenseful, police procedural that introduces us to DI Amy Winter, a resilient, determined young woman who finds herself immersed in the investigation to find a missing teen, while also struggling to come to grips with the knowledge that her biological parents were serial killers and three of their victims still need to be found.The prose is intricate and absorbing. The characters, including the sinister, despicable villainess are intriguing and multilayered. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into a compelling tale full of deception, abuse, deprivation, manipulation, mayhem, violence, and murder.Overall, Truth and Lies is a dark, entertaining, creepy read that has all the elements you look for in a thrilling mystery and is an excellent start for the new DI Amy Winter series by Mitchell.Thank you to Caroline Mitchell and Midas PR for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com
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  • Maureen Carden
    January 1, 1970
    Caroline Mitchell evidently believes in three and done with her series. A bit nerve wracking for her readers who with three books have enough time to become fond of Mitchell’s characters but hopefully enough not invested enough to heap gentle abuse on her head for starting a new series. Rest easy my friends, rest easy. Truth and Lies is a stellar beginning to a new series featuring DI Amy Winter. Assuming Amy manages to survive her family.Amy has a bit of a problem with her relatives; first off, Caroline Mitchell evidently believes in three and done with her series. A bit nerve wracking for her readers who with three books have enough time to become fond of Mitchell’s characters but hopefully enough not invested enough to heap gentle abuse on her head for starting a new series. Rest easy my friends, rest easy. Truth and Lies is a stellar beginning to a new series featuring DI Amy Winter. Assuming Amy manages to survive her family.Amy has a bit of a problem with her relatives; first off, her beloved adopted dad who just recently died turns out to have feet of clay Feet of clay doesn’t even begin to describe the horror of her birth parents, for they are the Beasts of Brentwood, Jack and Lillian Grimes, serial killers extraordinaire. Jack died before trial. Lillian has remained in prison but is making a play get out. Legally. First off she is planning on blackmailing Amy for her help, trading contact in exchange for giving up the location of three victims who were never found. Lillian also agrees to keep Amy’s true parentage a secret. That should work out well for Amy. Lillian’s piece de resistance is forcing Amy to look into the possibility of manufactured evidence being used in her trial and conviction. Evidence possibly manufactured by Amy’s beloved father who adopted her when she was four, practically from the horrific murder house. However, another young girl is kidnapped and it is beginning to look as if Lillian might know something about that particular horror and Lillian is working very had to parlay that crime to her advantage.Caroline Mitchell excels in her portrayals of psychopaths and dysfunctional families. (I will always regret DI Ruby Preston , in Mitchell’s previous series, didn’t throat punch her mother-in-law and stab her brother-law) Mitchell is not too bad in her killing scenes either. We are ‘treated’ to nightmare scenes, some told through the eyes of a four year old. Normally I try to blur my eyes and skim those scenes. Not with Mitchell, I feel as if I should give her the respect she deserves by reading every word.Mitchell does a great job with her dysfunctional families but she shows equal talent in showing that families come in all shapes and sizes from loving and supportive adoptive parents to mentors who never end their support.As a bit of lagniappe, there is a secondary story line illustrating that women aren’t always the victims of spousal abuse. An ignored societal ill that I’ve rarely seen addressed.Mitchell does a good job at keeping the reader invested and intrigued. I had no idea of the identity of the kidnapper. However a character reveal at the end made no sense whatsoever. Thank you to NetGAlley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
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  • Angela Marsons
    January 1, 1970
    I have been following the work of this author from the beginning of her career and I can honestly say that this is her best work to date. I thought I was being incredibly clever in using this book to reward myself for achieving my own quota of words. BIG MISTAKE!!! From the very first word I was captivated and cast my quota aside to finish the book. The author has created some truly standout characters that along with the engrossing plot drive the story forward at breakneck speed. Lillian Grimes I have been following the work of this author from the beginning of her career and I can honestly say that this is her best work to date. I thought I was being incredibly clever in using this book to reward myself for achieving my own quota of words. BIG MISTAKE!!! From the very first word I was captivated and cast my quota aside to finish the book. The author has created some truly standout characters that along with the engrossing plot drive the story forward at breakneck speed. Lillian Grimes is horrific, cold, ruthless and everything you would expect in a expertly drawn psychopath while appearing completely normal and reasonable. Her brilliant manipulation of everyone around her had me shaking my head with pure enjoyment and an element of fear that people like her truly exist. But, has she met her match in Amy Winter, her own daughter. How much of Lillian exists in Amy? Will Amy be able to hang on to the person she wants to be. What will Lillian try to do to Amy next? So many questions I have while waiting for the next book in the series which can not come quickly enough. For me this book had everything - an excellent police procedural with tension, pace and compelling storyline but with the added psychological element there was nothing more I could have asked for. Can not wait for the next in the series.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Caroline Mitchell has done it again!! DI Amy Winters is amazing and I love her already.... I hope this is the first of a long series about this strong but real detective with a past. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would not hesitate... this book is brilliant!!This is a police procedural with a twist. Amy Winters wants nothing more than to follow in her highly respected police officer fathers footsteps. She has recently been promoted and life is going well for her. Until she gets a letter Caroline Mitchell has done it again!! DI Amy Winters is amazing and I love her already.... I hope this is the first of a long series about this strong but real detective with a past. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would not hesitate... this book is brilliant!!This is a police procedural with a twist. Amy Winters wants nothing more than to follow in her highly respected police officer fathers footsteps. She has recently been promoted and life is going well for her. Until she gets a letter from Lillian Grimes - one half of the husband and wife serial killing team from prison. In this letter she tells Amy that she is her biological mother. She also says that she will tell her the location of 3 of her victims, but at a cost to Amy. Lillian is pure evil and likes to play mind games with people. Her world is rocked, so soon after losing her father she must decide what to do now.Such a great story and a ending that has me hanging for book number 2. Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever I’m in the mood for a smart, super fast paced thriller that is guaranteed to shock me I grab a Caroline Mitchell book. While I love her psychological thrillers I really am obsessed with her series and while I was sad when her trilogy ended late last year, I was thrilled to find out Truth and Lies is the first book in a brand new series, and let me tell you, it’s one hell of an introduction!The premise of this is fascinating, you have Amy (great name 😜) who is a dedicated police officer Whenever I’m in the mood for a smart, super fast paced thriller that is guaranteed to shock me I grab a Caroline Mitchell book. While I love her psychological thrillers I really am obsessed with her series and while I was sad when her trilogy ended late last year, I was thrilled to find out Truth and Lies is the first book in a brand new series, and let me tell you, it’s one hell of an introduction!The premise of this is fascinating, you have Amy (great name 😜) who is a dedicated police officer who finds out her biological parents are notorious serial killers. She knew she was adopted, but she repressed all her memories of her life with her evil parents and when her mother comes back into her life she begins to slowly remember some harrowing events from her childhood. The past chapters were my favorite aspect, there were only a handful but to see what Amy had endured as a young girl was simultaneously heartbreaking and interesting. It was so crazy to think the daughter of two heinous killers was such an admirable officer of the law with strong values and morals, brings up the whole nature versus nurture conundrum which is always something to think about.As always this was a fastidiously plotted police procedural that kept me guessing all the way until the end. I always say Mitchell’s books are fast reads and that’s because once you’re hooked you’re not eager to put it down until you find out the truth. I absolutely loved the final chapter, it sent chills down my spine and set the stage for the next book so perfectly.Truth and Lies in three words: Gripping, Relentless and Clever.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I am absolutely loving this first book in a brand new series. I would even go as far as saying this is the authors best book yet.The story line had me gripped from the off. I mean having serial killers for parents? Well obviously you know that things are going to be very interesting to say the least and I wasn’t disappointed. Amy is such a great character and the fact that she is in the police force makes her true parentage even harder to come to terms with.So many crime books tend to have men a I am absolutely loving this first book in a brand new series. I would even go as far as saying this is the authors best book yet.The story line had me gripped from the off. I mean having serial killers for parents? Well obviously you know that things are going to be very interesting to say the least and I wasn’t disappointed. Amy is such a great character and the fact that she is in the police force makes her true parentage even harder to come to terms with.So many crime books tend to have men as the baddies so it was really refreshing to have a woman in that role. Lillian from first meeting her, I loathed but in the same breath I was fascinated wanting to know more and how she could do what she had. She is very much a manipulator and you can feel Amy’s frustrations with having to deal with her.There are quite a few twists and turns which really keeps you on your toes and I literally could not put the book down from picking it up. I basically read this book in one afternoon as I was well and truly hooked and I had to know how everything was going to end. This was such a fantastic start to a new series and I loved getting to know the team. I have no idea how the author will top this but I will be counting the days until her next one is out.Truth And Lies is a heart stopping and enthralling read that grabs you from the very first page and keeps you there until the very last. Brilliant!My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I see Caroline Mitchell is publishing a new book I get really excited, but when she brings out a new book that’s also the first book in a new crime series well let’s just say my excitement reaches fever pitch. Truth And Lies is the first book in the DI Amy Winter series and what a cracking start to the series it turned out to be. There are so many police procedure crime thrillers on the market, so for me personally to commit to a new crime series it’s got to grab me by the throat, wit Every time I see Caroline Mitchell is publishing a new book I get really excited, but when she brings out a new book that’s also the first book in a new crime series well let’s just say my excitement reaches fever pitch. Truth And Lies is the first book in the DI Amy Winter series and what a cracking start to the series it turned out to be. There are so many police procedure crime thrillers on the market, so for me personally to commit to a new crime series it’s got to grab me by the throat, with an interesting protagonist, gripping story line and plenty of heart thumping moments that leave me desperate to read more and guess what? Truth And Lies ticks every box and more. A police officer who happens to be the daughter of a pair of notorious serial killers was sheer genius on the author’s part, not so good for Amy I must admit, especially when her mother Lillian Grimes contacts her promising to reveal the location of three of her victims, but what will she want from Amy in exchange for the truth? and what twisted game is Lillian playing? and where does a young girl going missing fit it? There were so many questions I was desperate to find the answers to. I have to mention what a fabulous character Lillian turned out to be, I do love a well depicted serial killer, she’s creepy, a master of manipulation, and cold hearted to say the least! and yet I couldn’t help but be intrigued by her character, on many occasions I felt a chill settle on me as her calculated games grew more sinister. As for Amy the author has created an exciting and complex protagonist, yes she has her problems like many fictional detectives, but how many have serial killers as parents? As you learn more about Amy’s horrifying childhood you can’t help but become involved in her story, and it’s a chilling one to say the least. Another fascinating character was Paddy, Amy’s work colleague and right hand man, his story? well let’s just say “there were a few surprises there”, and certainly added a mysterious element to the overall plot. On many occasions whilst reading about the crimes Amy’s biological parents committed I couldn’t help but think of notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West, which made this book more horrifying. Caroline Mitchell never fails to amaze me, I love her style of writing and her characters, add to the mixture a gripping plot, and a couple of real “OMFG” moments (very devious, but loved them) Truth And Lies has “bestseller” written all over it. I’m already excited for the next book especially as the author leaves the reader with a humdinger of a teaser. Would I recommend this book? you bet I would. If you consider yourself to be a crime thriller lover this is one not to be missed. All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.com
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book of a new series by the Caroline Mitchell featuring DI Amy Winter. I have read every book published by the author and not only enjoyed them immensely but have always been impressed by the consistently high standard set by her. This book is sure to be another top seller and I am sure the series will grow and grow. The main focus of the book "Amy" is complex as all good thriller characters tend to be and she has dark secrets that she would prefer stay that way.DI Amy Winter h This is the first book of a new series by the Caroline Mitchell featuring DI Amy Winter. I have read every book published by the author and not only enjoyed them immensely but have always been impressed by the consistently high standard set by her. This book is sure to be another top seller and I am sure the series will grow and grow. The main focus of the book "Amy" is complex as all good thriller characters tend to be and she has dark secrets that she would prefer stay that way.DI Amy Winter hopes to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father and all is progressing rather well until she receives a letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes. The writer of the letter was half of the notorious husband and wife serial killers who committed a series of killings many years ago. The letter contains a revelation that will change Amy for ever and shatter her life as she knows it.Lillian Grimes is a psychopathic murderer and Amy’s biological mother and she now wants to reveal the location of three of her victims but at a cost. Amy's work colleagues actively search for a young missing girl who was kidnapped from her home while Amy must face her own dark past and try to uncover the missing bodies.Thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all my Goodread friends. One more point, I was honoured to be included as a minor character in Amy's team in this book and it was a great thrill for me. I have proudly told everyone who will listen to me and have great hopes to be included in future books in this series.I would like to thank the author Caroline Mitchell for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great start to what I hope will be a new series. I was gripped from the word go and desperate to know how this would end. DI Amy Winter has one very big secret that she needs to keep hidden but as the book progresses, this becomes harder and harder. Lilian Grimes contacts Amy from prison and asks to see her and this leads to a number of requests being made in order to reveal the burial sites of her victims many years before. Alongside this story is the kidnap of a young girl and her ca This is a great start to what I hope will be a new series. I was gripped from the word go and desperate to know how this would end. DI Amy Winter has one very big secret that she needs to keep hidden but as the book progresses, this becomes harder and harder. Lilian Grimes contacts Amy from prison and asks to see her and this leads to a number of requests being made in order to reveal the burial sites of her victims many years before. Alongside this story is the kidnap of a young girl and her cat. There is a real race against time to find them and with Amy’s boss going off in a different direction, it’s down to Amy to try and work out where she is. I loved Amy’s character and can’t wait to read more books with her in them. Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • The Cats Mother
    January 1, 1970
    I am completely over books with Lies, Secrets, Girl and Sister in the title, so was not going to request this, but having seen several 5 star reviews from GR friends, and having a weakness for tormented female detective series, went ahead, and I am very glad I did.In some ways a fairly standard British police procedural, the hook here is that DI Amy Winter is the daughter of an infamous pair of serial killers, responsible for the murders of a series of young women and girls in the mid-eighties. I am completely over books with Lies, Secrets, Girl and Sister in the title, so was not going to request this, but having seen several 5 star reviews from GR friends, and having a weakness for tormented female detective series, went ahead, and I am very glad I did.In some ways a fairly standard British police procedural, the hook here is that DI Amy Winter is the daughter of an infamous pair of serial killers, responsible for the murders of a series of young women and girls in the mid-eighties. Adopted by the detective leading the case when she was four, Amy has repressed all her memories of her time with her birth parents, but when she receives a letter from Lillian Grimes from prison, offering to reveal the location of three remaining bodies in exchange for a meeting, and vulnerable from the recent death of her Dad, she begins to remember some of the trauma, including the murder of her older sister, Sally-Anne. Meanwhile, her team are searching for a kidnapped teenager, whose captors have not asked for a ransom, but instead seem to be seeking Lilian's release...I like thrillers where the writing is good enough not to become a distraction: there are enough descriptions to get a sense of what everyone looks like, and the atmosphere of specific locations, where relevant, without feeling the need to describe every room the heroine enters, or every cup of coffee she drinks. This was very well plotted, with a cast of suspects wide enough not to be able to work out whodunnit, but not so many as to be confusing. Some of Amy's team members are dealing with their own problems, some are arseholes, and some will hopefully be developed further in future books. We hear enough about Lillian's crimes to understand what a monster she is, but there is no gratuitously described violence or sexual abuse. Hemmy the kidnapped girl was spunky enough to make me care about her plight, and I am happy to report that the cat survives, and nothing bad happens to Amy's pug either.The author is a former detective herself, which showed in the processes and relationships of the investigation. I will look forward to the next book in this series and am happy to match my friend's five stars.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    4.5* --> 5*If you’re looking for a new crime series to sink your teeth into, then look no further because here it is!You may be familiar with Caroline Mitchell from her much acclaimed Ruby Preston series but now she’s back with a brand-new series. Featuring DI Amy Winter, let me tell you this first instalment packs one heck of a punch!Because Amy Miller isn’t your average detective. Oh no! She is in fact the daughter of one of the most notorious serial killer couples in history. How’s that fo 4.5* --> 5*If you’re looking for a new crime series to sink your teeth into, then look no further because here it is!You may be familiar with Caroline Mitchell from her much acclaimed Ruby Preston series but now she’s back with a brand-new series. Featuring DI Amy Winter, let me tell you this first instalment packs one heck of a punch!Because Amy Miller isn’t your average detective. Oh no! She is in fact the daughter of one of the most notorious serial killer couples in history. How’s that for a resume? With such a refreshing take on the crime fiction genre, Truth and Lies had me hooked from the outset.A young girl goes missing from her home. DI Amy Winter and her team quickly find themselves in a race against time to find her before it’s too late. But Amy has a lot more on her plate when her biological mother Lilian, who is currently in prison, reaches out to her. Not in the loving, motherly sort of way, mind. Think more taunting and playing games that made my skin crawl. Amy is forced to face her past, whether she wants to or not, and it’s not pretty. Fabulous childhood straight from the fairytales, this is not.Amy has no choice but to play along with Lilian if she wants to discover the location of three more missing young women. But as with all psychopaths, Lilian doesn’t exactly play fair. She is so insanely unpredictable, you just never know what’s going to come out of her mouth next.And as if all that wasn’t enough, there is one absolutely massive cliffhanger! Good grief! That’ll make you want to have book two in your grabby little hands immediately!Truth and Lies is refreshing and original. With plenty of twists to keep you glued to the pages, this one is utterly tense and compelling and I just couldn’t put it down. It has one of those despicable characters that make you feel rather dirty and in need of a nice, hot shower and yet, I was fascinated and intrigued. In a perverse sort of way, I’m actually quite looking forward to more of their evil games.This is the perfect start to a new series. Caroline Mitchell knows how to draw a reader in and keep them coming back for more. I thoroughly enjoyed this serial killer crime thriller and I can’t bloody wait for the next book!
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  • Yellagirlgc
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Winter finds out she's the child of two serial killers. Soon after the death of her adopted dad whom she followed into police work. While working her parents cold case and looking for a missing teenager. She had a lot going on but managed to handle it all. The relationships the MC had made lots of difference when it came to relating to her. Instead of buying her head in the sand she does the right thing even if it'll forever change her life. I really like Amy. She's smart and her team compli Amy Winter finds out she's the child of two serial killers. Soon after the death of her adopted dad whom she followed into police work. While working her parents cold case and looking for a missing teenager. She had a lot going on but managed to handle it all. The relationships the MC had made lots of difference when it came to relating to her. Instead of buying her head in the sand she does the right thing even if it'll forever change her life. I really like Amy. She's smart and her team compliments her. Most of them seem to care about each other and solving cases and locking up the bad guys. There seems to still be loose ends so I'm already looking forward to Amy's next book.
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  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    January 1, 1970
    My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. I do love a good crime book and this is excellent. It had so many twists and turns I got a bit dizzy!Can you imagine finding out your birth mother is a psychopath and convicted serial killer? This is what happens to DI Amy Winter. I wasn't around during the Moors murders but I remember the mother of Keith Bennett begging to know where her son was buried before she died. And I do remember reading about the Wests. Lillian Grimes combines many of the worst My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. I do love a good crime book and this is excellent. It had so many twists and turns I got a bit dizzy!Can you imagine finding out your birth mother is a psychopath and convicted serial killer? This is what happens to DI Amy Winter. I wasn't around during the Moors murders but I remember the mother of Keith Bennett begging to know where her son was buried before she died. And I do remember reading about the Wests. Lillian Grimes combines many of the worst elements of all of these and it makes for a great bad guy. And actually that's one of the reasons I loved this book. A female serial killer. This book is full of powerful women even the evil ones have a strong personality to get behind: we have Amy Winter, Lillian Grimes, Amy's adopted mother knowing she was raising the child with such a damaged past. They are all so well developed. The story itself is in 2 parts; we have the unfolding drama as Lillian starts to reveal where the bodies are buried and the kidnap of a teenage girl and the race against time to rescue her.I really struggled to put the book down as every page (or flip of the kindle) unearthed some new detail or twist. It's an excellent start to a new series and I can't wait for book 2. This is also the first book I've read of this author but I will definitely be looking to go back and read her other works. 
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. DS Ruby Preston was one of my favourite female detectives, so I was a little disappointed to find she would not be the protagonist of Truth and Lies. However I am glad to say Caroline Mitchell's new character DI Amy Winter is a worthy successor. if you thought Ruby Preston`s life was complicated, Amy is on a whole other level.DI Amy Winter had just returned to work after the death of her father With thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review. DS Ruby Preston was one of my favourite female detectives, so I was a little disappointed to find she would not be the protagonist of Truth and Lies. However I am glad to say Caroline Mitchell's new character DI Amy Winter is a worthy successor. if you thought Ruby Preston`s life was complicated, Amy is on a whole other level.DI Amy Winter had just returned to work after the death of her father who had also been in the police. Out of the blue Amy received a letter from The Beast of Brentwood, serial killer Lilian Grimes. Lilian along with her husband Jack killed a number of women before burying them on their property and other locations. Unfortunately not all her victims bodies had been found, the mother of one of the girls was terminally ill and wanted to find her daughter's body before she died. In the letter Lilian explained that she was her her biological mother and wanted Amy to visit her in prison. In prison Lilian was just as distasteful in real life, but she explained she had been set up. Lilian said she would tell the press Amy was her real daughter unless she helped her get released. In return Lilian would show Amy the location of the 3 graves. Lilian gave up the graves of two bodies as promised, then the daughter of a well known TV presenter was kidnapped. Lilian knew where the girl and would tell Amy where once she was released from prison.I was drawn to the chapter from the first page. The Beasts of Brentwood was eerily reminiscent to a famous house of horror in England. The story was dark and you could sense the fear and depravity within in the Grimes household. I enjoyed the book but I felt the author cheated when the kidnapper had only appeared fleetingly in previous chapters. I liked Amy who had to walk in the shadow of her well loved father. Caroline described Amy`s shock and disgust at being related to Lilian Grimes perfectly. I liked her mother who was a placid character and would like to read more from her adopted brother, also a DI in the same station.I enjoyed the secondary story of her sergeant DS Paddy Byrne. Paddy who was suffering domestic abuse from his wife but was also leading a double life with another woman. Truth and Lies was a great start to a new series. Even though Lilian`s bid for control of Amy had been thwarted she had not finished yet. I can't wait to see what happens next.
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  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Having read all the fab thrillers written by Caroline Mitchell, I couldn't wait to read the first one in her new exciting DI Amy Winter series, Truth and Lies, especially after reading the intriguing blurb. "You can't run away forever... My blood runs through your veins. Mine and your father's." Can you imagine having serial killers for parents? What effect would that have on you and your life? Well, in a nutshell, this is DI Amy Winter's situation in this book. In order to move on with her lif Having read all the fab thrillers written by Caroline Mitchell, I couldn't wait to read the first one in her new exciting DI Amy Winter series, Truth and Lies, especially after reading the intriguing blurb. "You can't run away forever... My blood runs through your veins. Mine and your father's." Can you imagine having serial killers for parents? What effect would that have on you and your life? Well, in a nutshell, this is DI Amy Winter's situation in this book. In order to move on with her life, Amy learned how to suppress the horrific memories that have shaped her early childhood. However, her past soon comes slapping her in the face when she receives a letter from prison following the death of her adoptive father, Superintendent Robert Winter. Back in the 80s, Robert was instrumental in catching and imprisoning the 'Beasts of Brentwood', Jack and Lillian Grimes, a serial killer couple convicted for the murder of nine young women. To her absolute horror Amy discovers that the Brentwood monsters were actually her biological parents, the past she wants to escape, the source of her nightmares. What impact will this have on her life and career? Can the daughter of serial killers even be a police officer? Lillian Grimes, her 'mother', wants to 'help' Amy find the remains of three of the victims that have never been found, but Amy is sure that Lillian has something up her sleeve. As more horrific memories resurface and her personal and work lives collide, Amy resolves to give some peace to the missing girls' grieving families at the cost of her own sanity and reputation. She decides to make a pact with the devil herself - her 'mother', but in doing so she will have to dance to Lillian's music like a puppet on strings. What's the real reason behind Lillian's sudden change of heart? What is she planning? At the same time Amy and her team have to solve the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl and her cat. Who has abducted this girl? And why? Can the police locate her before it's too late? And how come from prison Lillian Grimes seems to know more than the police about this case?Well, Caroline Mitchell has done it again. She's written another absolutely brilliant engrossing thriller that kept me on my toes from start to finish. I'm so excited as this is just the first book of a series and so hopefully there will be many more books in the pipeline. Amy is not your run-of-the-mill crime fiction cop. She's a complex, unique character, the daughter of serial killers! Can such a cop function properly? Or is she destined to turn out the same way in the end?The author has created some very realistic, engaging characters. Apart from Amy, I especially followed Paddy, Amy's most trusted colleague, with interest. I knew the type of life he was leading couldn't go on for long before something catastrophic happens. I just could never have foreseen the huge twist the author had in store for this character's story in the end. The book has also numerous nail-biting, suspenseful scenes that made my heart race, there are heartbreaking and disturbing ones as well, twists and turns, a sprinkle of humour... and spiders!! Oh yes, I was horrified to encounter the creeps throughout the book and was thrilled to find that just like me, Amy is absolutely terrified of spiders and cobwebs and so I could relate to her when faced with the eight-legged monsters in some of the scenes. The plot's fast pace kept me interested throughout. The story goes back and forth in time as Amy's horrific memories of disturbing episodes from her childhood begin to resurface one by one. I didn't find this confusing at all, it rather made me understand more what Amy was going through in her mind. The ending was unexpected and the epilogue left the door open for a continuation, so I'm now dying to find out what happens next in book two.Well written and with an intriguing, suspenseful plot, engaging characters and an original touch, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to those loving twisty, fast, gripping plots. With thanks to the author and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC of this book which I voluntarily accepted to read and review through Netgalley.
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  • Bernadette
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars. Truth and Lies is a mystery, a police procedural and a thriller all rolled into one book. The novel tells the story of Amy Winter, a Detective Inspector who is the adopted daughter of her father Robert who was also in law enforcement. Amy grows up knowing nothing of her biological origins. When her beloved father dies, she is contacted by her biological mom, and it’s a shocker. Amy’s parents were Lillian and Jack Grimes, notorious serial killers. Her father is dead but her sociopathic 4.5 Stars. Truth and Lies is a mystery, a police procedural and a thriller all rolled into one book. The novel tells the story of Amy Winter, a Detective Inspector who is the adopted daughter of her father Robert who was also in law enforcement. Amy grows up knowing nothing of her biological origins. When her beloved father dies, she is contacted by her biological mom, and it’s a shocker. Amy’s parents were Lillian and Jack Grimes, notorious serial killers. Her father is dead but her sociopathic mother begins manipulating Amy from behind bars. Amy and her colleagues are also working on the case of an abducted teenager named Hemmy. Hemmy has been taken by a member of The Keepers of Truth, a private Facebook site for conspiracy theorists. Normally I would think that there were too many things going on here but Mitchell makes it work. The short chapters alternate between the storylines and the book flows. The author is a former police detective and there’s a lot of good character development of Amy and her colleagues. I love a well written psychological thriller and this one is fast paced and kept me guessing. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on Mitchell’s books before finding this on Goodreads and NetGalley. I did find the ending a bit convoluted for my taste, but overall this was a great read. I’m looking forward to the second book in this series, DI Amy Winter #2. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell is the 1st in the DI Amy Winter series.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.My Synopsis: DI Amy Winters is a strong, independent woman, responsible for running a new team to handle high profile cases. She has also just buried her father, who was also a respected member of the police force. Then she gets a letter from Lillian Grimes, Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell is the 1st in the DI Amy Winter series.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.My Synopsis: DI Amy Winters is a strong, independent woman, responsible for running a new team to handle high profile cases. She has also just buried her father, who was also a respected member of the police force. Then she gets a letter from Lillian Grimes, half of the husband and wife serial killer team known as the “Beasts of Brentwood”. Lillian has always proclaimed her innocence, and that her husband Jack (now dead) was responsible for all the murders. She is also claiming that Amy is her daughter, and if she wants to know where three more bodies are buried, Amy should come see her. Much to Amy’s dismay, her mother confirms that they had adopted Amy at the age of four, when her biological parents were arrested. It is true, Amy has serial killers for parents.Amy refuses to let the families of the victims continue to grieve without bringing the remains of their daughters home, so she agrees to meet Lillian. Unfortunately, Lillian has her own agenda.Amy, fearing repercussions of being labelled the daughter of serial killers, does not share her lineage with her fellow officers or boss. She lives in fear that this will come out, although Lillian assures her she will not tell, as long as Amy follows her rules.Meanwhile, her DS, Paddy Byrne, is leading a double life, and he seems to be getting sucked down even further. Amy knows there is a problem, but won’t interfere til Paddy asks for some help, or it starts to affect his job more than it already has.As if Amy doesn’t have enough on her plate, her team has a case involving a kidnapped girl, 15-year old Hermione Parker. They need to find her before this young girl becomes another statistic. Lillian even sticks her nose into this one.My Opinions: Really enjoyed this book. It is the first book I have read by this author, and the start of a new series, so I am happy. (I will also be tracking down her other works).It is very well written, and you get sucked into the story within the first page or two. There are a lot of books out there with a strong female lead who has some weakness, be it gambling, or alcohol, but nothing like this. Amy is definitely a strong, intelligent, and confident character…but her biological parents are serial killers. Her fear of having their blood run through her veins, has her questioning herself. Does she have their traits? It is not just Amy that draws you in. The other characters, whether you like them or hate them, all have depth. Overall, the book has a really great plot, twists, and writing, and I’d recommend it to everyone!Even though it ended with a bit of a cliff-hanger (which I don’t generally like), I can’t wait for the next one.For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    5 Stars Dear Amy Yours always Lillian Detective Inspector Amy Winters wants to be like her father, a high ranking police officer.But after his death Amy receives a letter from Lillian Grimes co serial killer. But what's more shocking is that Lillian is Amy's biological mother. To make it worse for Amy, she also has information which she is willing to give to help Amy's career but it will come at a price and if Amy decides to use the information she will have to go back to her dark past to help 5 Stars Dear Amy Yours always Lillian Detective Inspector Amy Winters wants to be like her father, a high ranking police officer.But after his death Amy receives a letter from Lillian Grimes co serial killer. But what's more shocking is that Lillian is Amy's biological mother. To make it worse for Amy, she also has information which she is willing to give to help Amy's career but it will come at a price and if Amy decides to use the information she will have to go back to her dark past to help Lillian in her warped games. But Lillian knows Amy needs this information. Don’t worry, mum’s the word, I won’t let anyone in on our little secret unless you want me to.’ She finished her sentence with a wink. ‘Get it? Mum’s the word?’ Meanwhile a 15 year old girl has gone missing and time is running out. How can Lillian be involved?Lillian had used her knowledge as leverage to see her in person, but her biological mother was not the maternal type. Her eye was on a much bigger prize. The question was, what? My thoughts.....Loved it. Caroline Mitchell is really up there now with the big boys. Gripping and tense until the last page. Amy Winter is a great character. Imagine finding out your parents were serial killers, how would you cope with that information? I was engrossed with Hemmy's story and Paddy's too. Great characters, great twist and great ending.......I would like to thank the author Caroline Mitchell in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan Hampson
    January 1, 1970
    If you visualize every vile and twisted serial killer that you have read about, altogether they simply wouldn’t have a patch on Lillian Grimes. She knows how to use the knowledge she has as a tool to control, manipulate and play mind games in the wickedest way. Half of a vicious child killer duo, Lillian is well and truly behind bars but knows where the remaining three little victims are buried. It is time to play a little game with one of the three remaining children she gave birth to many year If you visualize every vile and twisted serial killer that you have read about, altogether they simply wouldn’t have a patch on Lillian Grimes. She knows how to use the knowledge she has as a tool to control, manipulate and play mind games in the wickedest way. Half of a vicious child killer duo, Lillian is well and truly behind bars but knows where the remaining three little victims are buried. It is time to play a little game with one of the three remaining children she gave birth to many years before. From her prison cell Lillian Grimes writes a letter to DI Amy Winter, who was adopted by a police officer when she was a little girl, offering her information of where one of the missing children is buried, with an added note, I am your natural mother.Amy was in shock and scared at who her real parents were, could this evil be somewhere deep in her? Then there was her career, should she tell her superiors? This was a chance to give the family of one dead girl some sort of closure if she went to see Lillian Grimes. So a pro-quo game began.This has to be the best book that Caroline Mitchell has written so far. The story did ring true to a mix of real life crimes from the past with the added twist of parentage well and truly taking front seat. Amy had wanted to make her ‘parents’ proud especially as her dad was a well-respected officer. To say that Lillian Grimes was tickled pink about Amy’s successful career is a gross understatement, she was on the best high she had ever had.Once Amy had crossed that breach it was a never ending spiral with nowhere to get off. As the longer this arrangement went on the harder it was to come clean. But this deadly game takes a turn for real. From opening this book to the end page it really is impossible to close and do anything else. This is the first Amy Winter book and well how do you follow such a superb first in a series? Talk about a mental battering, which has woken up so much from her past. I think this is going to make her one outstanding Officer with something continually to prove, not just to others but to herself too. Nature and nurture in harmony, but with an edge when she needs it. A top read of the year!
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  • Caitlin Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This book was brilliant and so suspenseful! It was an amazing psychological thriller! When DI Amy Winters is sent a letter by one half of a husband and wife serial killer team, Lillian Grimes, claiming that she is their daughter, Amy’s life is throw in a tailspin. While trying to find to find a missing teenager, Amy must face her past to discover the missing bodies of Lillian’s victims before kidnapped Hermione meets a similar fate.DI Amy Winters was such an interesting character! After followin This book was brilliant and so suspenseful! It was an amazing psychological thriller! When DI Amy Winters is sent a letter by one half of a husband and wife serial killer team, Lillian Grimes, claiming that she is their daughter, Amy’s life is throw in a tailspin. While trying to find to find a missing teenager, Amy must face her past to discover the missing bodies of Lillian’s victims before kidnapped Hermione meets a similar fate.DI Amy Winters was such an interesting character! After following in her adoptive father’s footsteps and becoming a police officer, Amy’s life is throw into turmoil as she struggles over the reveal of her true parentage. Seeing her remember her traumatic past and her worry that she may end up just like her parents was so emotional and made me really feel for her. Amy was intriguing and a great, complex character!While Amy was the main character of this book, it had a cast of amazing side characters that were all complex and interesting. Lillian was a horrific person but she was a very fascinating to read about. Seeing how she had complete disregard really reinforced just how terrible she was. I loved Paddy’s domestic abuse storyline. Domestic abuse against men isn’t talked about as much as it should be, so I really like that this book highlighted it.This book was gripping and suspenseful, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It kept me guessing, I never knew what was going to happy next! We had two big plot twists in this book, neither of which I saw coming! I’m normally very good at guessing plot twists and culprits very early on, but with both Hermione’s kidnapper and Elaine’s secret, I didn’t see them coming! The one thing that I didn’t really like/understand was the point of some characters. We had a brief appearance from Amy’s ex-boyfriend, and it seemed like it was going to go somewhere but it didn’t. The same goes with Amy’s adoptive brother.Overall this was a gripping and suspenseful read! If you like psychological thrillers, I would definitely recommend!**I was provided a E-ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.**
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! What an absolutely cracking start to a new series! I have loved meeting DI Amy Winter. She's a very likeable character who is mourning the death of her father. He was also a very well known and respected police officer and she is proud to have followed in his footsteps. When she receives a letter from serial killer Lillian Grimes (one half of a murdering couple), her life is turned upside down. Lillian wants to confess to the burial sites of three of their victims who were never found, but WOW! What an absolutely cracking start to a new series! I have loved meeting DI Amy Winter. She's a very likeable character who is mourning the death of her father. He was also a very well known and respected police officer and she is proud to have followed in his footsteps. When she receives a letter from serial killer Lillian Grimes (one half of a murdering couple), her life is turned upside down. Lillian wants to confess to the burial sites of three of their victims who were never found, but of course she wants something in return and Amy has no choice to play along.At the same time a teenager goes missing. They need to find her and find her fast. Could her kidnapping have anything to do with Lillian? What possible connection could there be?Truth and Lies is an extremely fast-paced police procedural which grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. Lillian Grimes is the most heinous female character I think I have ever come across. Chilling is a massive understatement! I don't know what it is about women killers. Murder is murder, but somehow it always seems worse when it's a woman, especially where children are the victims. Maybe that's just me. From a psychological point of view though she is a fascinating character. Caroline Mitchell does have the knack for writing the most shockingly real and believable monsters who literally make your skin crawl. Imagine discovering you're related to one!Cleverly written, as always, with shortish chapters which add to the pace and tension of the story you can't help but be drawn in. I was desperate to find out what exactly was the truth and what in the end was just lies. I was gobsmacked! Just awesome! I can't wait for book 2. I highly recommend!https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com/...
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  • Jay -hooked on books
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Caroline Mitchell is an author whose works I've long wanted to read. Truth and Lies was a good place to start at.This is the first book in what promises to be a cracking, suspenseful series. The protagonist is DI Amy Winter, who recently lost her father. He was her idol, and she wants to follow the example he set- being a conscientious investigator who always wanted to uphold justice. She leads a special investigative unit, and expects the same values from her coworkers.However, a l 4.5 stars Caroline Mitchell is an author whose works I've long wanted to read. Truth and Lies was a good place to start at.This is the first book in what promises to be a cracking, suspenseful series. The protagonist is DI Amy Winter, who recently lost her father. He was her idol, and she wants to follow the example he set- being a conscientious investigator who always wanted to uphold justice. She leads a special investigative unit, and expects the same values from her coworkers.However, a letter arrives from Lillian Grimes, convicted serial killer, shattering Amy's sense of identity. Grimes reveals she is Amy's biological mother. Grimes offers information about other victims on the condition that Amy be the point of contact. Families of these victims have waited for years to bring their girls home, and Amy is forced to cooperate and play along Grimes' twisted game. On the other hand, a teenager's disappearance has her team working 24x7, and when threads start intersecting in the two cases, the precarious balance Amy has managed so far threatens to fall apart. Amy has to uncover Grimes' true intentions, confront her own pain, and rescue the abducted teenager.All in all, what ensues is a well written crime procedural. DI Amy Winter is the kind of strong lead who reminds one of DI Kim Stone or Tracy Crosswhite or Erika Foster. The other characters in the book are written exceptionally well- I really appreciated some of the themes written into Amy's subordinate officer Paddy's narrative. I'd definitely recommend this to people who enjoy crime procedurals. There are some significant mentions of sexual abuse, domestic violence and intimate partner violence, so please be forewarned. Manyy thanks to Netgalley, Thomas & Mercer and Caroline Mitchell, for an advance copy of this book. Certainly looking forward for the next installment of the series.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve loved Caroline Mitchell’s previous books and was very excited to read the blurb for Truth and Lies. The author’s previous psychological thrillers and police procedural novels have all been dark and packed with suspense and characters you wouldn’t want to meet on a lonely street! I had high hopes for Truth and Lies.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 wi I’ve loved Caroline Mitchell’s previous books and was very excited to read the blurb for Truth and Lies. The author’s previous psychological thrillers and police procedural novels have all been dark and packed with suspense and characters you wouldn’t want to meet on a lonely street! I had high hopes for Truth and Lies.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!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    It's never easy to follow in your father's footsteps but DI Amy Winters sure as heck gives it a shot.Everything is moving along until the unexpected letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes arrives.She is part of the two part serial killers committed with her husband years ago causing a tremendous shake up in Amy's world.The truth is Lillian is Amy's mother and is a pure EVIL! A psychopathic murdered who wants to tell all in revealing the locations of her victims but with a cost.Meanwhile A It's never easy to follow in your father's footsteps but DI Amy Winters sure as heck gives it a shot.Everything is moving along until the unexpected letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes arrives.She is part of the two part serial killers committed with her husband years ago causing a tremendous shake up in Amy's world.The truth is Lillian is Amy's mother and is a pure EVIL! A psychopathic murdered who wants to tell all in revealing the locations of her victims but with a cost.Meanwhile Amy's colleagues are working on finding a missing girl.Can Amy piece it all together before it's too late?What if Grimes is simply a master manipulator and puppet master from behind bars?Can the demons be laid to rest?Wow!Loved it!Thank you to Caroline, her publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this arc.I feel like I'm turning into a daggum professional stalker! Another author to follow! And a fairly long back list of books to read and catch up on!! I loved this book (says a real stalker). A great good twisty story...a well and fast paced read...and some wonderful characters! I did find the sister's reunion just a little bit coincidental, but hopefully that will iron itself out in the future. 4.5 stars rounded up.
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