In Cold Blood (DI Amy Winter Book 5) by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes

Book Description:



DI Amy Winter faces her toughest case yet as a serial killer couple kidnap and hunt their prey. After capture, the victims are released from an unknown location each day. But freedom does not come easily as the victim’s injuries become more severe, and if they haven’t escaped by day four, they won’t live to see the fifth.

At five months pregnant, Amy is feeling backed into a corner as the father of her child, DCI Donovan, urges her to share the news. But Amy doesn’t want to be treated differently by her team, much less lose their respect when they discover she’s in a relationship with her DCI. When a call comes in from the killer asking to meet Amy, Donovan intercepts and sends a decoy in her place. But while officers are concentrating on the decoy, Amy is kidnapped from outside her flat. She is the next victim, and the countdown begins.

After being bundled into the back of a van and driven to a desolate woodland, Amy’s heart sinks in her chest as she realises the killers have no intention of playing fair.

DCI Donovan is distraught as he discovers Amy is missing. When his team receives a taunting video, he is left in no doubt of the danger Amy and his unborn child are in. He must pull himself together to hunt the killer down. But with no clues and no location, there is only one person with intimate knowledge of how a killer’s mind works. Lillian Grimes – Amy’s serial killer mother. But can he persuade her to help him in time? As the days progress, Amy’s injuries grow more severe, and her team are locked in a desperate race against time.

Can be read as a stand-alone.

A compulsive page-turner that will have your heart hammering in your chest and leave you absolutely breathless when you discover the shocking final twist. If you’re a fan of Angela Marsons, Mel Sherratt, LJ Ross, and Rachel McLean, you’ll love In Cold Blood.

My Thoughts:

Amy is a character who without a doubt has one of the most interesting backgrounds having a serial killer for a mother. Five books in and I am still fascinated about her childhood and her family. For Amy though it is a big cross to bear and you can’t help but empathise with her. You can sense her turmoil at the thought of becoming a mother herself and at times throughout the story, I wanted to wrap my arms round her to reassure her as well as protect her from the unexpected situation she finds herself in.

The killers in this book are sick and twisted. As if it isn’t bad enough that they kill their victims, they play with them first. It’s very much a cat and mouse situation and my heart was pounding when Amy is abducted and has to try and beat them at their own game. Seriously, if this novel doesn’t send your heart racing, I don’t know what else will as I was on tenterhooks throughout and unable to sit still until I got to that all important conclusion.

In Cold Blood may just be the author’s most chilling and darkest read yet! Lillian, Amy’s mother, is one seriously messed up character and as much as I loathed her, you cant help but appreciate the thrills she adds to the table. The tension mounts as it becomes a race against time for Donovan and the team to work out who is behind the killings and Amy’s abduction. My heart is still racing now just thinking about it. This is an author who never disappoints and I hope there are going to be plenty more books in this deliciously dark and oh so very twisted series that has given me lots of jaw dropping moments!

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

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