Death Note by Caroline Mitchell (Ruby Preston #1)


Synopsis: 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.

Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But just when they think they’ve made a breakthrough, Ruby receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

When bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, Ruby realises they’re chasing the most frightening serial killer she has ever faced.

Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: Oh. My. God! Yep Caroline newest release was THAT good. Caroline Mitchell is a Bookouture author that was signed with her ‘Detective Jennifer Knight’ series. That series I was initially reluctant to read as although it was within the ‘crime’ genre it also featured a paranormal element and to be honest that’s not really my thing. Or should I say it never used to be *until* I started reading Caroline Mitchell. I subsequently devoured all three of the books in that series and was surprised to see a new series featuring a new character Ruby Preston. Not only that but this had no paranormal element and to be honest if I had seen this in a shop not knowing the author I would have picked it up as the cover is awesome!

Detective Ruby Preston is a fantastic character but not because she has a problem with authority, but because she ‘fraternises’ with the enemy. Ruby and her team are handed a vert strange case where a woman who gave her child up for adoption has been killed. It soon becomes apparent that this is the first of multiple victims and before long we get to see the evil behind the killer. The killer is another matter altogether and although at times it was so creepy it became something I laughed at, these scenes genuinely have me the heebie jeebies.

As for Ruby’s personal life it had a HUGE impact on the storyline for this book as well as giving the reader a solid look into her background. I absolutely loved this element of the book and the fact that Ruby is so entangled with known criminals even though she is not one herself makes for fascinating reading. I read this in 2 sittings and literally loved it. I am itching to find out where Caroline Mitchell is going to take this series, and am thrilled to have started what looks to be another cracking series in this genre.

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