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Truth and Lies

A DI Amy Winter Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2018 Caroline Mitchell (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The best Ever..

I have listened and enjoyed many books, at least 2 a week over the last few months, some I have enjoyed and given 5 stars and some ..not so much.. This book, Truth and Lies out weighs ALl the rest, I dont think any others will ever come close, but hey I will keep looking .. the biggest 5 STARS to the writer and too the narrator..

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A stonking good read!

I hope this series continues in the same engrossing style as Truth & Lies. Definitely not just another plodding police procedural. The narration was exceptionally good, subtly dramatic and expressive but never OTT. A gripping story only slightly let down by being a tad too long with an overly sentimental ending.

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Cliff Hanger

Couldn't put it down, great narration for a truly good suspenseful work of fiction .

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  • E. Marisol
  • 23-10-2018

Surprisingly good!!!!

This book creeps up on you - the description seems simple enough but the book is written well and 'layered'. It was a pleasant surprise. Good narration!

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  • Keith
  • 14-09-2018

Another Excellent Book from Caroline Mitchell

Great book and a start to another excellent series of novels from Caroline Mitchell. Narration was first rate. Can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Lia
  • 26-12-2018

Riveting Story

Suspenseful new police procedural series led by an intelligent DI who has quite an intriguing past.

While DI Amy Winter is morning the death of her beloved father, she is stunned when she receives a letter call from Lillian Grimes, a woman serving life in prison for the murdering the teenage girls that she and her husband kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Lillian makes Amy an offer she can't refuse: She will reveal to Amy where the girls are buried if Amy complies with all of her requests. She also provides Amy with some interesting information about her childhood. Amy gives into Lillian’s demands, but she might be playing right into this psychopath's hands.

Amy now must now battle childhood demons, a manipulative psychopath, and as well as an elusive kidnapper.

There are multiple storylines and several different narrators including, Amy, Poppy, Paddy, Hemmy, and Lilian. It’s a little confusing at first, but everything comes together. Amy has the largest role. Her colleague Paddy also has a major storyline.

The ending wraps up a little too neatly (or so it seems until we get to the final page). I am not sure how I feel Elaine’s revelation but more about that can hopefully be answered in the next book. There are some very sick and twisted scenes that involve rape, physical violence, and domestic abuse.

This is a well-plotted, character-driven first installment in the DI Amy Winter series. Amy’s character is a force to be reckoned with. The reader gets to know her very well, but I wanted to know more about the years between her childhood and the present moment. Paddy was also quite likable. The ending along with the revelation of Amy’s background set things up to make the next installment very interesting.

I really don't have time for another series, but I couldn't resist reading this after seeing so many glowing reviews from my Goodreads friends. I recommend to those who enjoy police procedurals.

Elizabeth Knowelden was amazing with the delivery of the stoey

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  • Valerie Meekins
  • 18-11-2018

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Great Book! No spoilers. Excellent narrator. She should win an award someday. Great story BUT!!!! If you are going to have what all listeners are finally hoping for, an intelligent female driven main character with guts! Don’t have that intelligence COME & GO!! Please !! It is something women writers do with their female characters. The main character has the right thoughts and actions and at the height of things, here it comes .. Wait for it... THE STUPIDS!!! The character starts having dumb second thoughts men would never have. Makes me crazy.
It is worth listening to. Just be prepared for the inevitable. I wasn’t because the writer seemed impervious to this malady but she did it.

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  • Ella
  • 16-10-2018

Love it. Very suspenseful. I had to keep listen.

I loved this book. Very good narrator too. It was very suspenseful too. You will not be dissapointed.

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 28-10-2018

What a great story!

From the very beginning this book held by interest. Narrator did an excellent job. I'm hoping to see more from this author. Highly recommend. 😀😀😀😀

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-2018

excellent start to finish!

First time reading this author and I want disappointed. The narrator was perfect! great job

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  • TCD
  • 22-01-2019

Fantastic!

Really enjoyed this book and the narrator. Can’t wait to hear more from the series!

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  • wbc
  • 20-01-2019

Good one

I liked this book. Only one loose end but otherwise a good start to a series. Maybe that loose end will be resolved in the future. Very entertaining.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 09-01-2019

I enjoyed this

Good first book in a new series. Interesting main characters except I was frustrated that Amy went off on her own without sharing important info with her team. I fear that may come back to haunt her.

The narration was very good. The story kept me reading far too long into the night. I can’t say I figured out who-done-it but parts of the story were not surprises.

I am already looking for Book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-2018

Excellent book

Right up my street. Smacks of rose and Fred West.
Can’t wait for book 2.
Just change the narrator please. Only persevered because the book was so good!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2018

Great listen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and disagree with previous reviews about the narrator, I thought it was read very well.

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  • Freckles
  • 04-11-2018

Annoying and unbelievable

So much about this book annoyed me! The absurd obsession with the cat. The stark divide between stereotypical sinners and saints (even though a few characters were more complex, most were just stereotypes). The ridiculous twists at the end. And of course the classic "detective goes into dangerous situation alone and inexplicably decides not to call for backup". This will be my first and last book by this author.

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  • j
  • 05-10-2018

Great Book

This is a very good book full of twists and turns, and kept me interested all the way through. I also felt the narration was spot on!

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  • Jill Robertson
  • 29-09-2018

Enjoyable

maybe a wee bit far fetched in the storyline but enjoyed it. Narrator was ok but many of the characters sounded the same

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  • tony
  • 24-09-2018

A gripping tale with a surprise at the end!

those of us who recall the infamous husband and wife serial killer the Wests, this story brings home the tragedy wreaked upon victim's families.
Brilliantly told!

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  • tracie
  • 07-09-2018

Wrong narrater

Far fetched with unlikeable characters. The narrater also wasn’t right for the story. A shame, as the story could really have worked with some tweaks.

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  • SandraL
  • 23-04-2019

Cracking new series

The daughter of a pair of notorious serial killers is now a police DI. What's not to like?

I knew I would enjoy this book, as I have read several of Caroline Mitchell's books and they have all been excellent, and this one is no exception. This is a well crafter crime thriller with a protagonist with a very interesting family background and it drew me in immediately. Her portrayal of Lilian Grimes made my flesh creep!

This is a great start to a new series, and I look forward to reading/listening to more.

The narration was excellent.

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  • Mairead Perry
  • 24-03-2019

5* plus

Excellent in every aspect. The story is riveting and the narrator is wonderful. Gripped from the first chapter. Thank you

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  • Ladyboss
  • 18-03-2019

Cliched and predictable

Awful narrator and awful writing! I actually laughed out loud at some -unintentionally funny - lines i.e. “he smiled to reveal a row of white teeth’ What the hell else would a smile reveal? A row of green jelly babies?!? A load of old rubbish tbh. Dont waste your money