Death Note

Narrated by: Emma Newman
Series: DC Ruby Preston, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (357 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

Could the clues to the identity of the killer lie in Ruby's own past? Who can she trust with her secrets? And could Ruby be next?

Love You to Death is a serial killer thriller packed with twists. If you like Karin Slaughter, Angela Marsons and Val MacDermid, discover Caroline Mitchell's new series today.

©2016 Caroline Mitchell (P)2016 Bookouture

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Excellent Suspense Thriller!

What did you love best about Love You to Death?

This is a great listen, and the first by Caroline Mitchell to really grab hold of me and relentlessly keep me interested. The first in a new Mitchell series featuring DS Ruby Preston, Shoreditch police are up against a truly villainous killer who preys on women who have long ago put a child up for adoption.

Who was your favorite character and why?

DS Preston walks the edge as a devoted cop with age-long tenuous ties to the criminal underworld, and deftly shows her struggle to play it straight while sometimes resorting to reaching out to gather intelligence from unsavory characters.

What does Emma Newman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emma Newman's narration was pitch-perfect as she dealt with a wide range of characters and accents both male and female. Her narration lends much to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, and I nearly did, without being toooo late for work!

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. It's got everything great going for it as a psychological suspense novel as well as a fine mystery- wrong turns, grisly crimes, seedy underbelly and laudable cops, and a damn scary killer. I really liked it and look forward to more in this series!

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OK But Slow Start

I bought this book because I love Truth and Lies by the same author but with a different narrator.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was really ridiculous but it's also very entertaining, sort of like a bad movie that you love to hate. Lame dialogue. Half romance novel/half police procedural. There were no clues about the killer, and then the author just conveniently came up with him/her at the end. Having said all that, I was entertained. Ms. Newman's performance probably made this better than it actually is. I'll probably not move on to book 2 in the series.

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great characters

This was a little slow to get going but I started really liking the characters and found my self not able to stop listening to it.

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Amazing storyline!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The narrator wasn't the best but it's hard to do anything bad to this story. It would pull you in no matter who is reading it to you! She wasn't a bad narrator but there are better.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Can you imagine….doing what you think it right and the best for a child, your child, and later that child comes looking for you with a twisted happily ever after dream?! That’s what this book essentially is about. There’s a lot going on in this book and we get introduced to a lot. I can’t wait for book two. I want more Ruby and Nathan!! I get excited for Mitchell’s books for a lot of reasons but her ability to make characters come alive is a gift, not just her main characters either, I want more of Eve, Worrow, Downes, and Cathy! You can tell everyone has some secrets behind their doors!

I really like when I get to know the people behind the story. Ruby sounds like she’s going to have a super interesting story and I like her love triangle. Both her options at love seem to be good choices, but of course, she wants the one that’s a bit more difficult. Life can never be easy, especially in a thriller! I was through this book in 3 days! I just gobbled it up.

Which scene was your favorite?

I pride myself on being able to pick out the murderer pretty quickly in books, but this book, I was never sure. I thought I knew who it was but it was only who Mitchell wanted me to think it was. This storyline is just superb!! I can tell you, you will NOT know the ending until you get there!! It’s a shocker!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!! I've read the book but even reading the book you can't help but get into the audio book. I listened to this withing 4 days. It was great!!! I only took 1 star away from the performance because I felt like the narrator could have tried harder but that isn't on the book.

Any additional comments?

If you don't want to listen to the book you HAVE to read it!! It's such a good book!

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So Bad I Couldn’t Finish It

Usually when a novel isn’t very well-written, I can get through it but then I don’t continue on in the series. This novel is so poorly crafted, I had to stop reading it early on.

The main character is not likable. She consistently lies and makes poor choices. Nothing about her is compelling.

The storyline is unoriginal and one-note.

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Surprise Ending

It took a long time for me to get into this book. The narrator droned on, seemingly unable to do more than just read the words in the book. Perhaps a different narrator would have made this book easier to get into. Nonetheless, there finally came a point where I did not want to put the book down. I'm glad I kept listening because the ending was a complete surprise and actually made the book worthwhile. However, I will not be buying the sequels. With audible books, the same narrator usually does all the books in a series, and I do not look forward to listening to her again.

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Couldn’t get through the first few chapters

There’s something wrong with the production of this audiobook. The levels seem too high (over sibilance) and it is not helped by the narrator who constantly hisses words ending in S. Too harsh for my ears. Can’t say anything about the story except it wasn’t good enough for me to persevere through the bad audio quality.

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Just okay...

I really enjoy crime novels, but this one kind of dragged in places. A big part of the audiobook is the narration and there were just too many slip-ups with the character voices. I would have preferred that the male characters actually sounded like men. As it was, the narrator just differentiated the characters by accents. Her narration of the female voices was very good, however it seemed like she lost steam at the end of the novel. Where the story finally climaxed, her lackluster performance slowed the novel down where it should have peaked, then glided to the end. The story kind of died prematurely and left me wanting. I am a fan of Caroline Mitchell's writing and this audiobook would definitely not turn me off to any of her books in the future. I look forward to the next book in the series...

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Couldn't take this one seriously

Having read the author's DI Amy Winter series (and enjoying it immensely), I was thrilled to find this series. My happiness was short-lived. The main character is, essentially, a bad cop. She's fairly stupid and I'm not sure how she got to the rank of DI in the first place. She's also just not likeable. Her relationship with a criminal could be forgiven, if she wasn't always trying to prove she wasn't a dirty cop. Hello? She kind of is! The plot is silly and amateurish. The reveal is sillier. The narration is just okay. I've read a lot of solid police procedurals, but this isn't one of them. I gave up with very little left to go.

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Good book !

I liked this book alot! my only complaint is the silence between chapters it lasted at least 10 seconds. but still a must read ! On to book 2 in the series !

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  • JayT
  • 12-16-16

Grabs you and refuses to let go.

An unforgettable,gripping and twisted tale by the deliciously talented Caroline Mitchell. Compelling and dark with wonderfully crafted characters, impeccably written with a captivating, unpredictable, explosive ending. Highly recommended reading for the crime genre lovers. Definitely one that will garner legions of fans and hopefully spawning a steady release of books featuring the brilliant Detective Ruby Preston. In short, a book that will grab you by the balls and won't let go. Loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-16

great listen

great book loved it.narrated well highly recommend it a must read love caroline mitchells books.

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  • Kay Sadler
  • 12-16-19

Great story, narrator is dreadful.

I've already listened to a couple of audiobooks by Caroline Mitchell which were read by Elizabeth Knowelden and which I loved. Whilst the story is excellent, the narrator is just so boring I'm struggling to remain interested.

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  • K. Nikki
  • 02-21-18

good read

good book.natrator flows nicely looking forward to next one in the series good read x

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  • viv j
  • 10-11-19

gripping story

great story lot of twists once started hard to put down. looking forward to reading her next book.

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  • hayley coombs
  • 03-30-19

use new words!

the word 'hue' is so over used! It's frustrating- find another word!! also narrators 'Irish' accent is terrible!

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  • Majella Shannon
  • 01-15-19

Death Notice

Was really looking forward to listening to this book after having listened to Silent Victim which I absolutely loved in every possible way, but alas this story was too dark wirh too much blood and guts and I don't think the narrator was anywhere near as good as the narrator for Silent Victim.

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  • barbara cross
  • 11-30-18

just crazy

loved it never in a million years did I think, it was the killer that you wrote about, what a mind you have, cant wait for the next book, I wont say who it was it might spoil it big time brilliant !

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  • margaret
  • 08-29-18

A very good read

A good book as all Caroline books are good it makes you not want to stop listening to it has you on edge wondering what’s going to happen next

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  • Danielle pout
  • 07-25-18

kept me interested til the end

I love a police series so when I saw this i thought why not give it ago. Had a lot of twists and turns throughout good overall story with a lot of interesting characters. The narrator did a good job giving each one a voice and performance just sometimes felt she was dwindling a little but not bad at all.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-20

Loved it.

Struggled with the narrator at the beginning but the story draws you in and doesn't disappoint.

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  • jct
  • 07-23-19

Brilliant

Absolutely loved it. Twists and turns with a good storyline. Recommended to one and all. Love the Characters.