#Blogtour Left For Dead by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub @BOTBSPublicity #LeftForDead

Left For Dead by Caroline Mitchell Amazon Publishing July 8th 2020

Book Synopsis

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?

My Review

Oh my, Left For Dead was not for the fainthearted, I finished it in bed at night and wasn’t sure I really wanted to close my eyes and go to sleep.

Unusually for a crime novel we knew exactly who the killer was right from the first page. Samuel Black, successful business man, devoted family man, charismatic, good looking but Mitchell gave us a glimpse underneath of man who relished the dark side, who enjoyed the pain and suffering he inflicted on his unsuspecting victims. He was my type of killer, one who you saw when you closed your eyes, who you felt could be lurking behind you as you read.

But would he be a match for DI Amy Winter, a detective who didn’t necessarily do things by the book, a fact I loved as it made her so much more interesting. Her new boss Donovan added another dimension, a frisson of electricity that existed between them and you wondered how long it would take before both gave in to the inevitable. Donovan was her alter ego, the voice of commonsense that sat on her shoulder, tried to reign her in, but I was so glad that he never quite succeeded, as Amy trod her own path, relied on her instincts as she waited for Black to slip up.

You could feel the intensity Mitchell injected into the interactions between Black and Amy, as Black taunted Amy about her own gruesome past, her family locked in a show trial that might see her killer mother back on the streets. You almost felt that Black thought that underneath she was just like him, only a matter of time before she unleashed her own darkness. I knew and hoped that Mitchell wouldn’t let that happen, but loved that Amy had a dark past, so in conflict with the job that she did, admiration for her dignity and skill in handling such pressure and scrutiny.

The murders themselves, were gruesome and macabre, and I shall never look at a mannequin in a shop window in quite the same way again. It always amazes me where authors draw their inspiration, if you can call it that, for the imaginative and chilling way their murderers operate and Mitchell was definitely one that excelled.

Mitchell certainly knew how to ramp up the tension and drama, as my page turning picked up pace, as Amy drew closer to Black, yet it wasn’t that straightforward as Mitchell unveiled Black’s past and a wife who finally found the nerve and strength to step out of his shadow. The final scenes were superb, my imagination went into overdrive, and I was utterly exhausted at the end.

Phew, you thought, now I could relax, but oh no, Mitchell wasn’t quite finished and what a tantalising ending she left us with. It was chilling, brilliant, and left me wanting more!

I would like to thank Amazon Publishing for a copy of Left For Dead to read and review and to Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles Blogtours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the bloftour.

About the author

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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