Title: Flesh And Blood
(DI Amy Winter #4)

Author: Caroline Mitchell
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
First published: April 22nd 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: April 12th 2021
Pages: 329

“We’ve all done things we regret. It’s part of being human. We either learn from our mistakes or let them consume us.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I can always count on Caroline Mitchell‘s books whenever I’m in the mood for a good old detective thriller, and this series has been nothing but great so far. I first met DI Amy Winter back in 2018 and I was instantly intrigued by the background of this character. I mean, having a series focus on a main character that was adopted by a cop when she was little and is now a DI herself, but on the other hand having her biological parents being a twisted serial killer duo? How could I ever resist such a character background?! And Flesh And Blood is without doubt just as good as the previous books.

DI Amy Winter’s past isn’t as present in book number four, although her biological mother Lillian will never be far away and once again you will find personal developments along with a new case to investigate. This is one of the reasons why I would suggest reading the books in order, because you won’t understand the dynamics and development of the different characters in play otherwise. Plus, if you enjoy detective thrillers that pack a punch, you will have a great time getting to know Amy Winter and the other members of the team in the first place.

Flesh And Blood continues where book number three left off, and while we see less of Amy’s biological mother Lillian Grimes in this book, the personal developments are still there and will have more than one shocking twist for you in store along the way. On top of this, the new dynamics in Amy’s team with the appearance of DCI Donovan continue to develop, and it was interesting to see how everyone fitted in this new balance. Luckily Amy Winter is still the true star of the show, and I really like how she uses her background and intimate knowledge of the twisted minds of her biological parents to get inside the heads of other killers. True, this case is slightly different as it seems to be a string of suicides and not murders, but it was great to see Amy and the rest of the team investigate and discover new leads along the way.

Flesh And Blood has a multiple POV structure, which makes it easier to follow the different characters in play. To spice things up, we have the chapters featured by the mysterious Mo talking to her therapist… I did guess quite early on who those chapters referred to, but I liked what they added to the plot and they added also an extra voice to child abuse victims. The plot is solid and without doubt packs a lot of suspense, secrets and twists. And I most definitely didn’t see those final reveals coming!

The DI Amy Winter series has provided one solid and suspenseful detective thriller after the other so far, and Flesh And Blood is no exception. Book number four offers you another intriguing case as well as more personal developments, and I can recommend this series in general if you enjoy the detective thriller genre.


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