Witness – Caroline Mitchell

 

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About the book

Published: 20th December 2016 (Thomas & Mercer)img_0549

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.

My Review

I was first introduced to Caroline Mitchell’s writing through The Silent Twin, a police procedural with a paranormal twist. I have recently read Love You To Death which was a move away from the paranormal (which was an absolutely fantastic read), now Mitchell has stepped out of her comfort zone once again with Witness, her first psychological thriller – and once again, she does it extremely well!

Witness opens with the chilling chapter of a woman on the floor of a darkened room with the police and the body of a young man, murdered by her fiancé, Solomon. It was Rebecca’s testimony that put Solomon behind bars for 10 years and he is now hell-bent on getting his revenge. Witness is told from both the past and the present, mainly from Rebecca’s perspective in the first person during the present and her journal entries from the past. There are a few chapters from Solomon’s perspective that truly show what a twisted individual he is – Rebecca was completely manipulated and abused by him whilst at the lowest point in her life. What ensues is a game of revenge in order for Solomon to take back the control.

Solomon is one twisted, sociopathic antagonist who is frankly terrifying, he is dark and completely devoid of emotion. Since Solomon’s imprisonment Rebecca has moved on with her life, but Solomon has spent the last 10 years plotting her downfall. Interestingly, I didn’t particularly warm to Rebecca but I feel that this is deliberate, to show the torment and abuse, making her play along with his games like he did 10 years ago, in an attempt to make her into a shell of a person once again.

Mitchell has handled the portrayal of domestic abuse sensitively, drawing upon her experience from her time in the police force. Witness is a great change in direction for Mitchell and I hope there are more psychological thrillers to come!

About Caroline Mitchell

Caroline MitchellA 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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