Love You to Death: An Absolutely Gripping Thriller With a Killer Twist (Detective Ruby Preston Crime Thriller Series Book 1) by [Mitchell, Caroline]

Publisher: Bookouture (11th November 2016)


I finished Love You To Death late last night and I think I pretty much held my breath through those last few chapters!!

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, this is probably one of the most disturbing and creepy books I’ve ever read. I LOVED it! Caroline Mitchell, if you’re reading this, you are an incredible storyteller!

Love You To Death is the first in a new series and introduces us to Detective Ruby Preston. I warmed to Ruby straight away. She has an important and demanding job which she loves and does well. However, she’s only human and a very believable one. She has her flaws, secrets and weaknesses, one of which is Nathan. Nathan had a difficult upbringing and is part of a known criminal family, which is not ideal for Ruby, given her job, but I could totally see why she loves him and always feels safe when he’s around, although she tries her best not to need him. Their relationship is far from straight forward! Nathan was one of my favourite characters.

Ruby and her team find themselves investigating a series of murders. They soon realise the women being targeted are those who have given up babies for adoption, many years previously. When the third victim disappears, along with her little girl, the investigation picks up some serious speed as they race to find them both alive. Could the killer really be a child given up for adoption, twenty years previously, seeking revenge? Is Ruby’s past catching up with her? They are certainly dealing with a seriously disturbed individual! The scenes with the killer and the victims made my flesh crawl and I think the scariest thing is that it’s not at all far fetched!

Will they find Mum and daughter before it’s too late and succeed in putting this sick individual behind bars? You’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out!

Love You To Death is very cleverly written. There are twists and turns a plenty and it’s packed full of action and suspense. I was totally and utterly gripped! And that ending!!! Just brilliant! I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Ruby!

Many thanks to the author and to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley.

 Love You To Death will be published on 11th November 2016 and you can order your copy HERE

Get clicking! You won’t be disappointed!


Twenty years ago you were forced to give your daughter up. Now she’s back. Or is she?

Women who’ve had to give up children for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

East London Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But when bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, it carries the echo of a memory in Ruby’s mind. The tinkling of a music box. A mother and child reunion…

Then just as Ruby thinks they’ve made a breakthrough, she receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?

What everyone’s saying about Love You to Death:

I was completely HOOKED! … Amazing five stars from me.’ Feminisia Libros Reviews

Oh my God……. this book blew me away!! Absolutely loved this, and here’s to many more Ruby Preston books!!! … kept me hooked right till the last page :)))’ 5* The Book Guzzler

Oh my friggin God! This book….thisssss booooook! Eeeeeek! I mean…come on! … Su-bloody-perb! …a quadruple #HellYeah recommendation from me! Tantalisingly terrifying, twisted, and dark … a definite #TopRead of 2016!’ 5* Crime Book Junkie

I couldn’t put it down … kept me awake half the night … The hairs stood up on the back of my neck.’ Mrs Bloggs Books

Just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker! … I was through this book in 3 days! I just gobbled it up.’ 5* Next Book Review

‘This crime thriller is beyond perfection, disturbingly amazing and impossible to put down! Looking forward to more of the author’s works. I already love her. Just…perfect.’ 5* Goodreads Reviewer

I loved this book, it twisted and turned me until I was as tightly wound as a corkscrew! A chilling tale that will have you terrified to answer a knock at your door. I mean seriously don’t read this book in the dark on your own! … I literally could not put this book down.’ 5* Chapter In My Life

‘OMG what a corker of a book … I absolutely love Ruby. What a fantastic character … I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough … Loved it, loved it, loved it.’ 5* By The Letter Book Reviews

‘The ending was…whoa … a twist I DID NOT SEE COMING!’ Goodreads Reviewer

Love You to Death is a serial killer thriller packed with twists. If you like Karin Slaughter, Angela Marsons and Val MacDermid, discover Caroline Mitchell’s new series today – at a special launch price.

About the author:

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.

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My review of Caroline Mitchell’s true story, Paranormal Intruder – Caroline Mitchell – Paranormal Intruder: The true story of a family in fear

16 thoughts on “Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston Crime Thriller Series Book 1) by Caroline Mitchell *Review* @Caroline_writes @bookouture

  1. Awesome review! You have me very interested in this book but I’m wondering if it’s super gory? My current book mood is weird and I’m not into gory, detailed brutal killings at the moment:) I can tell you loved this book though and you’re mention of great twists and the ending has me thinking about this one!

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    1. Thanks! I wouldn’t say it’s super gory, although there is violence, obviously. It’s the killers weird behavior and dialogue that makes it more creepy! Is there the option to download a sample? If so, maybe try that and see what you think?

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