Truth and Lies

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?

This is quite a gripping tale with some very interesting twists. I like the way Mitchell reveals more of Amy’s childhood memories in between chapters… It’s like filling in pieces of a puzzle. The detective (Amy) who was adopted learns she is the daughter of the serial killer who has promised to reveal the whereabouts of the bodies of three young girls. But there are conditions to be met, and not only is another victim at stake but quite possibly Amy’s career if people find out who she really is.

I enjoyed the read, and the story is well written and easy to follow, but I think the wording is a bit too simple for this kind of novel. Additionally, I also thought that a couple of the characters lacked development, especially, Elaine because the unexpected twist about her near the end of the story truly warrants it.

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