Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Genre: Psychological Thriller
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.
I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Witness today! When I found out Caroline Mitchell was publishing her first psychological thriller with Thomas and Mercer I just knew I had to read it as soon as possible. She’s firmly cemented herself on my list of auto buy authors and fans of her work will be totally floored by Witness.
The premise of this book simultaneously creeped me out and intrigued me. Imagine having a psychopathic creep from your past come back only to force you to play a sick game. That’s what happens to Rebecca, it’s been ten years since she played a huge role in sending Solomon to prison but now he’s back, and he’s out for blood. He wants revenge in the worst way possible and toying with Rebecca is one of his favorite games to play. She must pick someone she knows to be the victim of a crime, ten different people, one for each year he was locked up.
This is told from both Rebecca’s and Solomon’s point of view and there are also entries from Rebecca’s diary that she kept back when her and Solomon were engaged. The details of their twisted and frightening past are told in brief snippets which had me hanging on every word. I was desperate to know what had really happened back then and could feel Rebecca’s fear and hopelessness leaping from the pages. Solomon is such a creepy and menacing character, the part that scared me the most was that he was able to blend in when it suited him and most people had no idea how sick and depraved he really was.
Mitchell has a tricky writing style that is alluring as she ends almost every single chapter with a mini cliffhanger making it a quick read as you can’t bear to put it down. I found myself holding my breath plenty of times while reading as I contemplated just how Rebecca would get herself out of this terrifying situation? The poor thing had already escaped Solomon once and now she has to do it again? Except this time it’s worse as she has a husband and a daughter to worry about and every decision she makes has the power to not only affect the ones she loves the most, but it also makes her question herself. She struggles with her morality and sense of what’s right and wrong and is constantly faced with impossible tasks. I’m shivering just thinking about it again!
Fans of psychological thrillers will enjoy this one, and fans of standard mystery/thrillers will also love this as there are twists and secrets hidden along the way. The tension was constantly mounting right up until the end and I just now finally feel like I can breathe normally again after that suspenseful ride!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to Thomas and Mercer for my review copy.
About the Author:
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 is due for publication 11th November 2016.
Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.
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