I have been blessed to have received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of the following book via NetGalley:
Witness by Caroline Mitchel
took me by total surprise. Normally, I am not a fan of books who not only switch the point of view in the narrative but also change from third-person to first-person, as well as past and present. This could have made a very confusing book if Caroline Mitchel would not have used this technique to her advantage. Instead of taking me out of the story, her choice made the book more disturbing, more thrilling. This is a book
that is hard to put down.
follows the occurrences in the life of Rebecca, and her abusive ex-fiance Soloman , after ten years apart. He spent those 10 years in prison, after abusing her and being convicted of murder, to whom she was the only witness.
Afraid for her safety, Rebecca started a new life, a completely different life, with a new family of her own. While never forgetting her past, and not making the naive mistakes so many other main characters make in books similar to this one, she prepared herself for his potential return but was not thorough enough.
Solomon begins playing mind games with her again, and it is the combination of those new mind games, as well as the flashbacks to his old control over her from 10 years earlier, that make a great psychological thriller.
Throughout the story I began to fear not just for her safety, but for the new family who had no idea, in their naivety, what monster they were about to counter.
At the end of the novel I was left completely breathless, especially by the plot twist that hit me so very unexpected. I was not prepared for what occurred at all, but I will not spoil this for you here. All that I can tell you is that this is a book I will not forget anytime soon.
Witness is absolutely one of the best Thrillers I have read this year, despite my distaste, in the above-mentioned technique the Author used. It takes great skill to pull this type of writing off well, but Caroline Mitchel has mastered it skillfully.
5 out of 5 Stars
Author: Caroline Mitchel
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
Publication Date: December 20th, 2016
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.