I hope you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas Day and aren’t feeling too fragile. Today it’s family party day in our household, so I’ve got a very busy day ahead, but when I was asked by Caroline Mitchell to join the Witness blog tour I literally bit her hand off to take part.
I’m so excited to finally be able to share my review of Witness by Caroline Mitchell with you all. Witness is Caroline Mitchell’s first book to be published by Thomas & Mercer, it’s very different to her previous crime books as it’s a psychological thriller, and OMG it’s good in fact it’s Pretty damn amazing.
To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.
It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.
Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.
Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…
As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.
OMG this has to be one of the most twisted and nerve-wracking books I’ve read this year if you love a psychological thriller you DO NOT want to miss this one. Caroline Mitchell never fails to amaze me, she has written three books this year alone! Witness is the third and final book to be released this year, but I’m thrilled to report that despite this being her third book it hasn’t lost any of the quality I’ve come to expect from this author. Give Caroline Mitchell her due she certainly knows how to draw the reader in and keep them in her clutches. After reading the first two bloodcurdling chapters I just knew I was going to love this book, even though I was left feeling slightly traumatised after my first meeting with Rebecca and Solomon.
As you can see from the book description above Witness has a highly original premise, I’m not going to go into plot details as “the less you know, the more you will enjoy” but suffice to say the author has devised a very cleverly plotted thriller that made for a compulsive and addictive read. The plot is told from the POV of Rebecca and the fearsome Solomon who just happens to be one of the most controlling and manipulative characters I’ve come across in a while, he made my blood run cold as he skilfully turns Rebecca into his “perfect partner”. Events that follow actually made me come to detest Solomon and I couldn’t help hoping he would get his “comeuppance” as he sought his revenge on Rebecca. The chapters told from Rebecca’s diary which describe some pretty horrific events were spine chilling to read, but certainly added a sense of tension and malice to the plot.
Another thing that added a real sense of unease to the story were the random text messages sent from Solomon to Rebecca that are dotted throughout the book, for me personally they made this a terrifying psychological thriller and yet I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as I couldn’t wait to read more of this tangled tale. The pace is relentless and each and every damn twist had a sting in its tail, I really couldn’t guess where the plot was leading. Caroline Mitchell manages to keep the reader in suspense right up until the final nail biting chapter. Some readers might prefer a more credible read but in my opinion I liked the fact that Witness stretches your imagination further than some psychological thrillers.
Caroline Mitchell has taken a bold step and changed direction as her books are Normally centred around the police and crime procedures, Witness is very much a psychological thriller, but I’m thrilled to say Caroline Mitchell has shown she can change direction and still write with the same passion and flair that make her one of my very favourite authors. There are so many elements that make Witness a truly thrilling read and I personally think this is Caroline Mitchell’s best book yet, so if Christmas hasn’t left you completely broke you really should grab yourself a copy I promise you won’t be left disappointed
Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (December 20, 2016)
A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston was published in November 2016.
Her new psychological thriller, Witness, was published with Thomas & Mercer on 20th December 2016.
Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways. Reader’s Club