Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell #BlogTour @bookouture

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Sleep Tight the new book in the Ruby Preston series by Caroline Mitchell. I read this book a few weeks ago now and am so excited to finally share my review.

About this book…

Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

My review…

I’m such a fan of this new series by Caroline Mitchell and highly recommend you read the first one before you start Sleep Tight but don’t worry if can be read as a standalone novel as well! If you’ve read Carolines books before you will know that they have evolved to such a high standard now and she has certainly made her mark in the crime thriller genre recently. I loved the first Ruby Preston, Love you to Death, so couldn’t wait to catch up with her!

One of the main things that draws me to this series is that it is as much about Rubys personal life as the crime she is trying to solve and here things get very entwined indeed! Ruby is hot on the heels of a serial killer with the most sickening way of displaying his victims but when a nasty surprise is found under Nathan’s bed, the trail leads a little closer to home than she’d like! And when Nathan’s creepy brother Lenny comes worming his way in and Rubys superiors start to delve deeper into her connections with the Crosby family we know that there is going to be an explosive finale!

I love Ruby and, as I have always had a thing for bad boys, I still go weak at the knees for Nathan! And this was balanced nicely by the feelings of terror and disgust I had whilst reading about these gruesomer than gruesome murders. My emotions were definitely on a bit of a rollercoaster ride here and I HATE rollercoasters!! Weirdly enough this is the second book I’m reviewing this week set in Shoreditch -seems like a few nasties have followed the hipsters out there but the setting was certainly part of my enjoyment of the whole Ruby Preston experience.

If you love dark and disturbing, twisty turny plots and a policewoman who only just lives on the right side of the law then be prepared to meet your new girl crush right here! A fabulous series that promises to get even better. More please!

Many thanks to Bookouture for my review copy of Sleep Tight: A dark, gripping serial killer thriller with a shocking twist (Detective Ruby Preston Crime Thriller Series) which is available to purchase now.

Meet the author…

Caroline Mitchell

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village 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. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

Witness by Caroline Mitchell #BlogTour @Caroline_writes

I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for the first standalone psychological thriller by Caroline Mitchell.  


About this book… 

To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.

It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.

Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.

Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…

As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.

My review…

I recently read (and loved) Love You to Death which is Caroline Mitchell’s first book in a new series featuring DI Ruby Preston. So I was curious to read Witness which followed shortly after but is actually a standalone psychological thriller. How would it compare and more importantly would I like it? I have to admit that after the first few pages I was started to worry as it seemed so different and I just wasn’t sure how it was going to develop into the dark and compelling tale that I had been expecting! But gradually, as the plot slowly unravelled, I found myself gripping my kindle tightly to my chest and would have wrestled anyone to the ground who tried to wrench it out of my hands!

Rebecca (known now as Becky) has settled into her life in Wales with her husband Sean and adorable daughter Lottie aged 4. But we come to see a very different Rebecca in flashbacks to the past when we read her journal from 10 years previously. When she finds out ex boyfriend Solomon has been released from prison, she is straight on the phone to check that he isn’t living anywhere near her family. So that’s why I did struggle to understand at the start why she decided to actively participate in the warped game that came through on her phone soon after. But that was also one of the reasons I did come to really love this book! Becky’s character was actually very believable and I think that unless you have been in a situation of extreme domestic abuse, such as the one rather graphically described here, you can’t judge anyone’s behaviour! Her reactions were very different to those that you or I would perhaps have had but domestic violence eventually develops into a form of brainwashing where the victim will believe anything they are told. Becky thought that she was saving her family by playing this sickening game but unfortunately psychopaths like to make up their own rules as they go along! And Solomon truly terrified me with his ability to control and manipulate those around him!

This is spine chilling storytelling at its very best and one of the scariest books I’ve read this year. Read it with the lights on!

I received my advanced copy from the publisher via netgalley and have chosen to read and review.

Witness was published by Thomas and Mercer on 20th December 2016 and is available to purchase at Amazon UK.

Meet the author…

Caroline Mitchell
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. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.