Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.
Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven.
As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all …
Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
*Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
‘Time to Die’ is Caroline Mitchell’s third novel, and second one in a series involving a psychic detective (Jennifer Knight) who solves crimes that involve a supernatural element. The first one in the series is ‘Don’t Turn Around’ which I read this summer but haven’t had the time to review yet due to my busy agenda. But I definitely enjoyed it and review will follow soon, that I can promise.
But no matter if you’ve read the first part or not, ‘Time to Die’ can be easily read as a stand-alone, as the only thing these novels have in common is the main character, detective Jennifer Knight.
In ‘Time to Die’ we follow Jennifer as she’s working on the case of a serial killer known as ‘The Raven’. Having psychic abilities, Jennifer is part of a special police unit called ‘Operation Moonlight’ working on rather mysterious cases involving the supernatural. She’s a dedicated and hardworking woman, doing the best with her team to find a serial killer who kills in a rather unusual way. After meeting their victims, The Raven reads their fortune by tarot cards and predicts their end to the slightest detail. Team Operation Moonlight is working hard on finding more clues to find the killer, however it seems The Raven is always one step ahead of them. What’s worse, the police can’t find any connection between the victims, or the way they are connected to the killer.
‘Time to Die’ was a book I really had high expectations for and I’m happy to say Ms Mitchell sure delivers. I read the book in less than 24 hours and was hooked from the very begging. I haven’t read many thriller/crime books with a paranormal element, however Ms Mitchell manages to blend the paranormal to a perfection and create a dark, gripping story that will keep you turning the pages. There was one big twist near the end which totally took me by surprise, and I was fascinated with how Ms Mitchell managed to keep the suspense till the last page.
Another strong feat of Ms Mitchell as a writer is the fact she creates fantastic antagonists. The Raven is a brilliant character, the ultimate bad guy, however in a strange way he got under my skin I even started to like him. I especially loved those parts told from his point of view, when we get to see a bit of his history, his miserable childhood and all the evil things he did in his life. I was fascinated with The Raven! In these chapters when he was talking about what got him into tarot reading I felt like I was getting inside his head. It was rather dark and very unpleasant, but thanks to Ms Mitchell’s fantastic writing, I peeled a layer after layer, getting deeper and deeper inside The Raven’s twisted brain. I wish there were more chapters told from The Raven’s point of view as in my opinion he’s an excellent narrator and had lots to share.
Though I liked detective Jennifer, I must say that I found The Raven more fascinating. I didn’t feel like I completely got to know Jennifer and that’s the only reason for not giving this book the max stars.
Overall, this was such an interesting, dark and gripping read and one I’d recommend to everyone that loves their mystery/crime with a paranormal twist. I’ll definitely be on a watch out for Ms Mitchell’s future works.
My rating: 8/10