#BlogTour! #Review – The Secret Child by Caroline Mitchell (@caroline_writes) @midaspr @AmazonPub

It’s TWG’s turn on ‘The Secret Child’ blog tour – many thanks to MidasPR for the blog tour invite and review copy. Here is my review:

DI Amy Winter knows evil. She’s lived through it.

Four-year-old Ellen is snatched by a stranger in the dead of night. Her devastated mother, Nicole, receives four identical phials and a threatening note in a familiar scrawl that chills her to the bone. But she always knew this would happen. She’s been expecting it for years . . .

According to the note, one of the phials is poisoned. Nicole is given a deadly challenge: if she drinks one, the sadistic kidnapper will notify the police of Ellen’s location. The sender claims to be Luka Volkov but Luka is supposed to be dead, killed long ago in a fire that haunts all those involved.

DI Amy Winter is still reeling from the discovery that she is the daughter of a serial killer, and her childhood trauma only makes her more determined to bring Ellen home. When another child is taken, Amy finds herself in a race against time. To rescue the children, must she seek help from the one person she wants to forget?

What does TWG think?

Caroline Mitchell is back with the latest instalment in the ‘DI Amy Winter’ series. ‘The Secret Child’ is book two and whilst the storyline does go over past events to keep readers in the loop in case they haven’t read book one, I would still recommend reading the books in order so that you can get a real feel for the storyline and each event as it happens.

I adored the first book so when I had the option to read book two, I grabbed it with both hands. Amy Winter is as feisty as ever, and when she finds herself trying to get to the bottom of a new case that is so close to the bone, her own personal life gets put into the firing line.

The whole situation involving the young girl was enough to make my toes curl. I had everything crossed for a good outcome, but as the storyline progressed and the kidnapper ups the ante, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dread wash over me.

Caroline Mitchell sets the scene brilliantly, incorporating Amy Winter’s situation with her mother and ex into the overall storyline as though it was the norm, which I guess it was.

‘The Secret Child’ gripped me from the very beginning and kept me hostage until the very end. I thought that the storyline of this book wasn’t as strong as the previous book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless as it seemed to have more of an emotional undercurrent than the first.

A rollercoaster ride of a read, ‘The Secret Child’ may have made my feelings change like the weather, but it’s a book which I highly recommend and would urge anyone to read. I hope we catch up with DI Winter again soon!!

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