My Review: Witness by Caroline Mitchell
Witness is an exciting and very scary read.
Within the pages of this novel we meet Becky, wife to the loving and trusting Sean, Mother to an adorable 4 year old, Lottie. She has an interesting job working in her husbands veterinary practise in rural Wales, along with her sister in law (and best friend) Rhian.
Sounds good doesn’t it?
But Becky has secrets, she has a past life which is about to catch up with her.
Ten years ago, she was involved with a man called Solomon. He appeared in her life when she was at her most vulnerable, her Mother hospitalised in the final throes of Cancer. Solomon comes on the scene and “rescues” Rebecca, but he turns out to be a girls worst nightmare, a sadistic and violent abuser and their relationship ends abruptly with the murder of an innocent bystander.
Rebecca testifies against her ex, ensuring he is put away for this terrible crime and she gradually manages to build herself this new life.
But it can’t last forever.
And an unexpected phone call threatens to blow her cosy world apart.
Solomon is back ….
He wants revenge.
He wants to play a game of cat and mouse with Becky as the frightened mouse.
And she is given no option, she must play along or risk the lives of those nearest and dearest to her.
But what she is trying hardest to avoid is what she actually sets in motion by going along with his sick game. Trying to protect her family from her past, she puts them all in the greatest danger.
He wants her to be a witness, to crimes of his choosing and as his demands become more twisted and cruel, she is sucked into his warped and wicked world against her will.
It’s one of those books where I was screaming at her “NO don’t do that” I was as appalled at her willingness to go along with Solomons sick and twisted diversion, as I was shocked at his despicable pursuits. He is a thoroughly despicable and obnoxious character whose capacity for twisted mental torture is equalled only by his propensity for physical abuse.
This dark thriller gathers pace relentlessly and even though I could anticipate how bad it was going to get, there are unexpected twists which made me shudder and my blood ran cold as it was revealed just why she is so scared of what he will reveal about her and what this sicko made her do. The end has a really good sting in the tail and the whole is grimly entertaining.
My thanks go to Netgalley for my advance copy and the Publisher Thomas and Mercer
Witness is due to be published on 20th December 2016, so why not treat yourself to a thrilling Christmas read?
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.
A Note From the Publisher:
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full-time. She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers. Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children. You can find out more about her at www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/paranormalintruder).