Left for Dead - Caroline Mitchell

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Official Blurb:

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 Thoughts:

I have been waiting very impatiently for the next DI Amy Winter book and was so excited when I stumbled across it one day on NetGalley. However, I hadn’t realised that it had been 16 months since I read the last one, so it did take me some time to get reacquainted with the characters and to remember everything that had gone before.
I can’t say I remember everything that had happened, and unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to go back and read books one and two at the moment. I did start to remember snippets, as I progressed throughout the book and not having the full picture in my mind, didn’t stop me from enjoying this one. I would say though that this can not be read as a stand-alone book, you need to have some knowledge of the past. The author doesn’t waste time reiterating what has gone on; there are no recaps to fill you in.
The investigation in this book is very gruesome and detailed. It is undoubtedly a twisted mind of a killer. I love the fact that we know who the killer is right from the start; we are following their thoughts and life interspersed with the investigation. It really has a different feel to it than other crime books I have read recently where you are kept in the dark until the end. Here you know their motives straight away; you know what they are planning and what they are thinking. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some shocks in store for you as the story progresses.
Along with the investigation, we are also following Lillian Grimes’ appeal. We had started to see the start of that in the last book, but here we get the real fallout from it. I’d say along with running parallel to the investigation the author had done a fantastic job of intertwining this with the main story also. It wasn’t just sat there on the periphery, making you feel as if you were reading two different books but was superbly connected.
It was great to be back with DI Amy Winter and the team, and I hope this wasn’t the last we hear from her. I will be rereading the first three books, though, before I embark on anymore (if there are any) to really be able to appreciate the continuity.

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Left for Dead
by Caroline Mitchell
Date Started
23rd June 2020
Date Finished
26th June 2020
Rating
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