This review is written with thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of Love You To Death.
Detective Sergeant (DS) Ruby Preston and her team are called to the murder of Emily and Harry Edmonds. At first, the murder appears to be a domestic dispute gone wrong, but when several more victims emerge, it is clear to Ruby that there is a serial killer at large. Ruby must work quickly to find the perpetrator, but to do so, she must confront elements of her past that she would prefer to keep private. Is the answer much closer to home than Ruby realises?
The investigation which is central to Love You To Death has many layers, and this allows Mitchell to build a plot with many twists and turns and several flawed, but colourful, and ultimately likeable, characters. As Mitchell brings the different strands of the plot together, Love You To Death gathers pace and becomes a gripping novel that is difficult to put down.
Love You To Death is the first novel featuring DS Ruby Preston, and Mitchell introduces the reader to a detective who struggles to reconcile her private life, in particular her relationship with the notorious Crosby family,with her professional life. As the novel progresses, Mitchell reveals information about Ruby's past and personal life that gives her character a human element which allowed me to warm to her despite her indiscretions. Whilst this aspect of the novel strengthened Ruby's character, at times, I felt that I knew too much about Ruby, and this left me unsure as to where Mitchell would take the character in future instalments of the series. I am looking forward to seeing how the DS Ruby Preston series develops, as overall, I enjoyed Love You To Death.
Love You To Death is released today (11th November) and is available from Amazon.