Today I am so excited to be part of The Silent Twin blog tour, not only that but I get to ask Caroline some questions about her books and much more. Caroline Mitchell’s crime thriller series, featuring DC Jennifer Knight reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s personal experiences in both the police and the paranormal.A huge thank you to Kim Nash over at Bookouture and Caroline for letting me part of the blog tour for The Silent Twin which I absolutely loved by the way, so with no further ado……
Hi Caroline I’m super excited to have you stop by the book review cafe, and at the risk of sounding like a OTT book fan, I just love your books. I confess the only one I haven’t read is Paranormal Intruder, it’s on my TBR pile but I’m to scared to read it considering it’s a true story.
Thanks Lorraine, I’m thrilled to be here! Your reviews always brighten my day.
For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your books can you provide us with an introduction to the DC Jennifer Knight series ?
Sure. Jennifer Knight is a detective working in Haven, a creepy, superstitious town where nothing is as it seems. She is a detective with a difference. She senses the dead. She uses her skills alongside her normal police work to help solve crimes with an unearthly edge. Jennifer and her sidekick Will are regular people who find themselves in some very unusual and dangerous situations.
Can you give a description of The Silent Twin?
Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, Jennifer must find her before it’s too late. But with a media hungry mother and a secretive father, nothing is as it seems. Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found. Could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?
Where did the idea for your latest book The Silent Twin come from?
My mum was an identical twin and I’m married to an identical twin, so the bond between twins is very real, and has always been something that has fascinated me. I wanted to write something with more of a psychological thriller feel for book three and this felt like the perfect coupling.
How do you research material for your book?
Being a serving police officer, most of it is in my head. I’m also very fortunate to have a lot of great contacts who are generous with their time. I was able to speak to the head of the police diving team for one scene, and another fellow colleague is a Family Liaison Officer who has worked on some high profile cases. I also have personal experience with the paranormal, as written in my first book, Paranormal Intruder.
Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?
Ha ha, yes! Before I begin a new book I must have a new Paperchase notebook. It doesn’t matter that I’ve got loads hidden away in a cupboard, it has to be new. Usually I’ll stare at it and think what a shame it is to mess it up with my scribbles, and after five minutes of pondering, I’ll get stuck in. I usually get the initial idea for my book while out walking or doing something mindless. I’ll scribble down plot and character points before taking it to my computer. I work on a writing programme called Scrivener, and do the first draft there before then putting it on to a word document for my editor. On launch day I celebrate with a bottle of champagne and a portion fish and chips from the local chip shop. ☺
Do you write an outline before you start writing?
Oh gosh yeah, I have to, but it’s always subject to change. I write a full timeline of events in Excel, just a couple of sentences for each chapter.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I self published my first book, Paranormal Intruder, so not that long. I submitted to Bookouture after I wrote Don’t Turn Around, (which was named Deadly Suspect initially) and that was fairly quick too. That’s the benefits of working with a digital publisher, once they accept you, there’s no hanging around. I’ve been writing for about four years in all.
Are your books based on anyone you know? or are they just fictional?
They’re all a product of my bizarre imagination. Having said that, I’ve met some very interesting characters over the years, so there might be a sprinkling of their personalities here and there.
Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
Only in my first book, Paranormal Intruder. That is a 100% true account of my experience with an unknown entity in my home. Some of the banter between Will and Jennifer has been taken from real life experiences, I used to say to my colleagues ‘anything you say can be taken down and used against you!’
What do your police work colleagues think of you writing books?
They’ve been brilliant, so supportive and excited for me as they watched my journey. I’ve recently given in my notice to become a full time author. I will miss my colleagues, but I’m so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life.
If you could co write a book with another author, who would it be and Why?
This is an interesting question, because it’s something Mel Sherrat and I have talked about several times. Mel and I have similar dark minds, I would love to work with her in the future.
Describe your book in 5 words?
Psychological, thriller, spooky, gripping, mysterious.
Describe yourself in 5 words?
Ummm that’s a very good question. Where to start? Introvert, laid back, dreamer, coffee addict, buddah fan (I cheated on the words but that was a tricky one).
What authors/books do you like to read in your spare time?
I adore my fellow Bookouture authors and they have produced some amazing novels. My all time favourite author is Stephen King though, he’s the master in my eyes. I think I’d faint if I met him!
What book are you reading now?
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King.
During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
I guess I’m excited to talk about what’s coming next. I’m writing a new series featuring a detective sergeant by the name of DS Ruby Preston. Based in Hackney, this series is written for readers who prefer their crime without a dose of paranormal. I enjoyed writing Jennifer, but I would love to appeal to a wider audience. Ruby is a fun loving, popular gal who doesn’t always play by the rules. I’m very excited for the new series and I think my readers will enjoy getting to know her. I’m also working on another book which is under wraps at the moment, so expect some exciting news, due to be announced soon.
I have to ask your first book Paranormal Intruder is described as one of the best documented cases of paranormal activity, do you still have problems with scary events in your home?
Yes we do, although it’s very diluted compared to what it was at the height of activity. Recently my husband has made a cup of tea and found the milk had disappeared from the fridge into the cupboard over his head. If we redecorate the house something usually happens too. But thankfully nothing as frightening as before.
And finally Kindle or Book?
Both! And audio book too. I think it’s great to have the option of all three.
Thank you for popping by The Book Review Cafe and good luck with The Silent Twin, and I can’t wait to read the first in the DS Ruby Preston series.
Thanks so much for having me Lorraine, I’ve really enjoyed answering your questions.
About Caroline Mitchell
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Her crime thriller series, featuring DC Jennifer Knight reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline’s personal experiences in both the police and the paranormal.
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Books in the Jennifer Knight series
This is the third book in the Detective Jennifer Knight series and I must say I approached this book with caution! Why? I hear you shouting The first two books in the series Don’t Turn Around and Time To Die, I gave them a resounding 5 stars, so I was concerned that Caroline wouldn’t be able to maintain this caliber of writing (sorry Caroline for having my doubts, I promise never to doubt you again!). I’m glad to say any concerns I had were dispelled when I read the prologue, and I’m ecstatic, Caroline Mitchell has done it again and wrote another riveting book.
The Lost Twin tells the story of nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia who have vowed never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight is firmly planted in the investigation as a family liaison officer, considered to be ‘psychic’, she deals with supernatural occurrences, and it soon becomes clear that there are plenty of unexplained ‘going on’s” at Blackwater Farm. There is a supernatural element to The Silent Twin, but Caroline writes with such conviction, that it makes the plot very plausible and damn right scary (at one point I had goose pimples on my goose pimples, it was that convincing!)
Jennifer’s character continues to evolve in The Silent Twin giving her real depth, I also liked the way her relationship with her work colleague Will has progressed in The Lost Twin. As the investigation intensifies to find missing Abigail, the urgency Jennifer experiences is tangible. As Jennifer experience’s “psychic” moments throughout the investigation, the darkness surrounding her is palatable, and makes for a very creepy read. The Silent Twins presents the reader with a well defined plot, and multiple threads as Jennifer tries to unravel a family’s secrets to get to the truth.
Caroline has managed to capture both the atmosphere and the setting with her descriptive writing, you can almost feel the darkness pulling you in as the plot picks up momentum. Yet again Caroline has weaved her magic spell and created another fantastic read, and dare I say it? I think it’s her best book yet. It’s dark it’s creepy and compelling, and as it reached its dramatic, jaw dropping conclusion my heart was racing (a cliché I know, but in this case true!). I just hope this isn’t the last we see of Jennifer now Caroline is going on to write a new series, if that’s the case I may have to start bombarding Caroline on Twitter with a #bringbackjennifer campaign. If you haven’t read a book by Caroline Mitchell you don’t know what you are missing, if you love a good crime thriller with plenty of suspense you may want to pop over to Amazon and buy them NOW!
My thanks to Kim over at Bookouture and Marcie for an ARC in exchange for an honest review
5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ out of 5
Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (14 April 2016)
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