Hey guys, today is my stop on the WITNESS blog tour and boy, was I excited about today. I’ve so been looking forward to reading Caroline Mitchell’s new one, published by Thomas & Mercer and let me tell you it’s one hell of a ride. If there’s only one advice I need to give you before you start reading this book it is – do not eat just before reading as you’re stomach will be turning. Dark, twisty and really gripping! Read my full review bellow. And finally, massive thanks to lovely Caroline for the chance to be on this amazing bloggers’ list and take part in the blog tour. Cheerio, sweethearts!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Witness by Caroline Mitchell
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Published on 20.12.2016
Genres: thriller, psychological thriller
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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 not new to Caroline Mitchell’s writing, however I was still pretty amazed with what she’s done here. Unlike her previous books (published with bookouture), this one (published by Thomas & Mercer) is REALLY a hard core thriller. While I did enjoy her previous books, I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of paranormal and was thrilled to hear she’s writing a more realistic crime now.
Witness is not the easiest book to read, not because it’s long or the writing is bad. On the contrary, the writing is great and pulls you in from the start. It’s written from the POV of the ‘witness’ or Rebecca, and the most manipulative sociopath I had the chance to read about, Solomon. The story goes back to 2007 when Rebecca’s life is changed forever, Solomon is sent to prison, and then back to present when he’s released and back to destroy her.
But let me start from the beginning… the book opens with a scene where Rebecca, with blood on her hands, holds the body of her dead colleague. The police is here and she reports Solomon, her boyfriend who has such a nasty temper for the murder. Solomon’s dad works for the police, and though Rebecca doubts the police will put Solomon in prison because of his father’s connections, he ends up locked for 10 years. One would say, justice’s been served! Fast forward 10 years and Rebecca has a new life, a husband who cares about her but doesn’t know much about her past. When Solomon is back, he’s still got his hands on her, manipulating her and making her witness and choose the victims he’s about to kill. This is why I say this book is not easy to read, I felt my stomach in knots and even felt sick.
Solomon is one nasty mother f@cker and despite hating his guts I feel like applauding to Caroline for creating such a character. He seems so real, his manipulation knows no end and boundaries, he has no respect for anyone, not his father or mother, not Rebecca or the whole society. He’s a real abuser, seeking domination over fragile women. He’s a creepy man and you would want him FAR FAR AWAY from you.
While the pace is perfect and there’s never a dull moment in the book, I wasn’t really impressed with Rebecca. As this is a book which has as a main theme domestic violence, and we know tons of women in the world face this problem every day, I had absolute compassion for Rebecca. But I was somehow not convinced and some of her choices were too frustrating. I’ve never talked to a victim of domestic abuse in my life, and I’m thankful to god I’ve never experienced it, however Rebecca’s reactions were sometimes really strange.
The book sends a powerful message and I bet Caroline had a tough task and felt a lot of pressure in writing on this topic. If you check Caroline’s GR page (or website) you’ll see she’s a former police detective and has worked with high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. That being said it’s obvious she has a background and knows a lot about the psychology of both the abused and abusers and this book only proves it. If you’re looking for a gripping thriller or you are a fan of dark, disturbing reads no need to look any further. This is definitely the book for you.