Today I am on the blog tour for Left For Dead by Caroline Mitchell. This was released on the 8th of July published by Thomas and Mercer.
Left For Dead by Caroline Mitchell
Release Date: 8th of July
Print Length: 332 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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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?
I came to the conclusion instantly when reading this book that I have been such a fool by not having read book one and two in this series. I had seen so much praise for the first two books, but the timing was never right to read them with my other bookish commitments. When I was offered the opportunity to read Left for Dead, the stars finally aligned and I jumped at the chance and dove straight in!
For this third instalment, Caroline has crafted an extremely dark tale, that at times can be quite terrifying and disturbing, but also so intriguing. Wasting no time in kicking things off, Caroline boldly reveals the killer very early on in the story, which is always a risky move, but has been masterfully executed in this case. I am always nervous when an author takes this approach as I feel it takes away from the suspense in the build up to the big reveal, but I had nothing to fear and Caroline put my mind at ease.
I found Amy’s character quite fascinating and a joy to read. A pocket rocket that just shines through the pages. I would have benefitted more from reading the first two books to get more insight into her, but I knew that going in that this was the third and I took the chance. Although I had no trouble following along, I certainly have missed some vital information on Amy’s biological parents and I will be going back to read the other two books to learn more.
The other character that I also found fascinating as weird as it sounds, was the killer himself. Caroline really gets inside his head, which is where the terrifying and disturbing elements that I mentioned in describing the plot comes from. A psychopath in a league of his own, he really does make for a thrilling read.
Drawing from her past experience as a police detective, Caroline makes this police procedural realistic and leaves no room for any questions, or scratch of the head moments. She expresses everything so clearly without getting to bogged down in the details and just gets on with it and gives the reader just the information they need to know.
I am no stranger to Caroline’s standalone work and I think she is a very talented author and the longer she writes, the longer I will continue to read her work. She has an amazing ability to capture the reader wholeheartedly when reading her work and she really does make it hard to tear yourself away, when each chapter leaves you wanting more.
Left for Dead is a fast paced gripping and compelling read that will have you on the edge of your seat. With a strong plot, a strong female protagonist, a cast of very well developed secondary characters and a taste of what’s to come for the next instalment, this is one cracker of a read that I can’t recommend highly enough. Well done on another fantastic read Caroline and I look forward to the next instalment.
Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer and Caroline Mitchell for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Left For Dead which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Left For Dead Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Caroline
An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline 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, with over a million books sold.
As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards.
Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.
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Blog Tour Organiser
Thank-you to Sarah Hardy from Book on the Bright Side Publicity for the invite and spot on this blog tour and for the promotional materials.