Flesh and Blood by Caroline Mitchell

4.5 Stars from me

This is the second book from this series that I have read and I keep saying I will go back and read the first two yet here we are and I still haven’t. So many books, so little time! I greatly enjoyed the previous book about the love heart killer and so had high hopes for Flesh and Blood.

I particularly enjoyed the setting for this one, around Clacton, Colchester, Essex as it is an area I know quite well and so was able to easily visualise the scenes.

I also liked the ‘celebrity status’ of the team, that was quite a nice little touch.

The relationship between Winter and Donovan seemed a bit fragile at times, which I thought made them seem just so human – I am sure we’ve all got friends who are complete ball breakers at work and then are a delicate mess when it comes to relationships. Their insecurity was a nice touch.

There are lots of little twists and turns throughout this one and we learn a little bit more about Amy’s less than desirable family.

The overarching plot is a good one and I desperately wanted to scoop up and rescue little Matty!

Over all a very engaging read with a good measure of human nature and a gripping plot.

Blurb: A string of suicides. A community in terror. And a chilling conspiracy only DI Amy Winter can crack.

A wave of apparent suicides hits a string of seaside resorts, but when a police officer is named as the latest to die, DI Amy Winter suspects there may be more than mere coincidence to these tragic deaths. But what dark motive could cause someone to throw themselves into the cold depths of the North Sea?

Someone in the community knows more than they are letting on, but Amy’s questions are met with resistance. A group of mysterious teenagers might hold the key, but why are they so afraid to talk? Meanwhile, after the release from prison of her serial killer mother, Amy is fighting her own demons.

In her toughest investigation yet, Amy must confront her dark past if she is to put an end to the carnage. What secret is so terrible that it’s worth killing a police officer for? Amy needs to find the answer, before the sea washes up any more bodies.

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