Truth and Lies

Truth and Lies

by Caroline Mitchell


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Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.

DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.

Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.

But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503903142
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/30/2018
Series: A DI Amy Winter Thriller Series , #1
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 708,761
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time. She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children. You can find out more about her at, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (

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Truth and Lies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Macsbooks More than 1 year ago
Lies can hurt you but, sometimes, the truth hurts more. Truth and Lies is a chilling new thriller by CarolineMitchell. Still reeling from her father’s untimely death, DI Amy Winters wants nothing more than to throw herself back into her police work where she can honor her father’s memory by becoming a well respected cop just like he was. However, fate deals Amy a blow when a letter arrives proclaiming that Amy is, in fact, the daughter of one of the most notorious serial killing couples Great Britain ever has known. This couple lured young teenage girls to their home, brutally murdered them and then hid their bodies. Most of these bodies were recovered but three still remain missing. The lone surviving killer, Lillian Grimes, wants to make a deal with Amy: do what Lillian asks and the bodies will be revealed. However, it soon becomes apparent that Lillian has additional plans for Amy as this old, cold case is apparently intertwined with a current kidnapping crime. Caroline Mitchell is a former CID and her knowledge and experience are well apparent throughout the book. Truth and Lies is, by far, one of the best written police procedurals I have read in a long time simply because the methodology, the “cop-speak,” and protocol were perfectly realistic. In addition, the psychological aspect of both cases were fully explored and developed. We were able to see the struggles going on within Amy while also watching in horror the machinations of the very evil Lillian Grimes. It is a race against time as a young girl’s life hangs in the balance. I haven’t read Mitchell before this book but, based on the writing of Truth and Lies, she definitely is going on my author watch list. If you enjoy police procedurals, crime novels or mysteries, then you will love this book. I highly recommend it – not to mention there is a terrific ending that will leave you wanting MORE –  ASAP.
sumit Rk 12 months ago
A Gripping & Relentless Thriller Even if you forget your past, it still remembers you. DI Amy Winter has a lot going for her: Young, Competent and a rising star in the police force. Apart from being the daughter of a highly respected police officer father, she is also leading the investigation on several crucial cases. Still grieving after the demise of her father, Amy receives a letter from a prison inmate and her whole world comes crashing down. Amy is not the daughter of a police officer but the daughter of a notorious serial-killer couple. Responsible for a string of heinous murders of young girls, her father is now dead and her mother is now incarcerated. Now, she wants to make a deal with Amy—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game. Amy must confront her own dark past. Amidst the drama, Amy faces a race against time to solve a high stakes kidnapping case. Can Amy overcome all the odds in the most challenging case of her career? Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. Reading a new detective series right from the series is always a joy & as the first book in the DI Amy Winter Series, Truth and Lies delivers. As a story, Truth and Lies is an excellent psychological thriller and one of the best starts to a detective series. The book wastes little time in introducing the cast and dives straightaway in the plot. The story is extremely fast paced with twists & turns right till the end. The story keeps shifting from the past to the present, or from Amy’s story to the kidnapping case, without losing momentum. Despite the multiple storylines, the story never gets confusing. The mind games between Amy & her mother, Lilian were the most interesting part of the story. Like a chess game, the moves go back & forth right till the end. The climax of this book and the final revelation were both well done. It would interesting to see how the storyline between Amy & Lilian plays out in the next book. My only gripe with the story is that major focus was on Amy’s story and the current police case was relegated slightly to the background. As for the characters, characters of Amy & Lilian were really well written. Amy’s resilience, despite the turmoil in her personal life was well brought out. Caroline Mitchell is a former CID with an experience in handing abuse cases. Her knowledge clearly reflects throughout the book. Her attention to detail regarding investigation, police protocol and especially the flashbacks were top notch. All in all, Truth & Lies is an excellent police procedural and a great start to an exciting series. I am really looking forward to seeing what book 2 has in store for Amy. Read this book before the next book is published later this year.
MauCarden6 More than 1 year ago
Caroline Mitchell evidently believes in three and done with her series. A bit nerve wracking for her readers who with three books have enough time to become fond of Mitchell’s characters but hopefully enough not invested enough to heap gentle abuse on her head for starting a new series. Rest easy my friends, rest easy. Truth and Lies is a stellar beginning to a new series featuring DI Amy Winter. Assuming Amy manages to survive her family. Amy has a bit of a problem with her relatives; first off, her beloved adopted dad who just recently died turns out to have feet of clay Feet of clay doesn’t even begin to describe the horror of her birth parents, for they are the Beasts of Brentwood, Jack and Lillian Grimes, serial killers extraordinaire. Jack died before trial. Lillian has remained in prison but is making a play get out. Legally. First off she is planning on blackmailing Amy for her help, trading contact in exchange for giving up the location of three victims who were never found. Lillian also agrees to keep Amy’s true parentage a secret. That should work out well for Amy. Lillian’s piece de resistance is forcing Amy to look into the possibility of manufactured evidence being used in her trial and conviction. Evidence possibly manufactured by Amy’s beloved father who adopted her when she was four, practically from the horrific murder house. However, another young girl is kidnapped and it is beginning to look as if Lillian might know something about that particular horror and Lillian is working very had to parlay that crime to her advantage. Caroline Mitchell excels in her portrayals of psychopaths and dysfunctional families. (I will always regret DI Ruby Preston , in Mitchell’s previous series, didn’t throat punch her mother-in-law and stab her brother-law) Mitchell is not too bad in her killing scenes either. We are ‘treated’ to nightmare scenes, some told through the eyes of a four year old. Normally I try to blur my eyes and skim those scenes. Not with Mitchell, I feel as if I should give her the respect she deserves by reading every word. Mitchell does a great job with her dysfunctional families but she shows equal talent in showing that families come in all shapes and sizes from loving and supportive adoptive parents to mentors who never end their support. As a bit of lagniappe, there is a secondary story line illustrating that women aren’t always the victims of spousal abuse. An ignored societal ill that I’ve rarely seen addressed. Mitchell does a good job at keeping the reader invested and intrigued. I had no idea of the identity of the kidnapper. However a character reveal at the end made no sense whatsoever. Thank you to NetGAlley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a netgalley of Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell, in exchange for an honest review. This book is the first in the series that follows Detective Inspector Amy Winter. She has followed in her father's footsteps in becoming a police officer. She is shell shocked when she is contacted by a known serial killer that has a connection to her. Amy must come to grips with the information and pursue a kidnapped victim. The book was enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next installment.
CrazyCat_Alex More than 1 year ago
Life is going well for DI Amy Winters, recently promoted, she is being well respected and following in her fathers footsteps. Then, one day she gets a letter from a convicted killer, promising her new leads and the truth. When facing Lillian in prison, she soon finds that, not only is Lillian a killer, she is pure evil. And the revelation Lillian promised is not only one about the missing bodies, but very personal to Amy. Knowing the truth, she has to decide what to do and what to believe. Brilliantly written story with an ending that makes me yearning for the next book in the series.
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
Truth and Lies builds suspense from page one. DC Amy Winters is reeling from the loss of her respected police officer father when a letter from a serial killer arrives. Amy's biological mother is one half of the couple labeled the Beasts of Brentwood, responsible for the deaths of nine young women. Amy struggles with her identity, wondering if her genetics disqualify her from police work. Lillian manipulates Amy into family reunions and unwanted memories while leading her to the burial sites of the still missing women. Each uncovered memory is a kick to the stomach as Amy remembers her traumatic first four years. A new high profile missing case is tossed to her team while Amy is jumping through hoops for the psycho who gave birth to her. The writing runs smooth, draws the reader in, and leaves you emotionally invested in the characters. Full of twists and unexpected surprises, the pages fly by before ending way too soon. Ms. Mitchell will be on my to read list for the foreseeable future and I am already impatient for the next DC Amy Winters novel. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written book. Amy, a Detective Inspector, is hoping to follow in her father's footsteps. She receives a letter from a psychopathic murderer, revealing that she is Amy's mother, and offering to reveal the grave sites of three victims. Reeling from this information, Amy has to figure out how to adapt to the truth about her past, help the victims and avoid getting caught in her birth mother's twisted game. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.