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.
This book was such a thrilling read! This is one of those you can easily read in a sitting. Not so long ago, I read my first Caroline Mitchell’s book: Love You To Death. It was a very different novel (a classic crime procedural) whereas this was an exciting psychological thriller. And while I enjoyed LYTD a bit more, this was still a highly enjoyable read.
The plot in Witness was similar to both The Beautiful Dead and also The Primrose Path, except everything here was more personal and hence, scarier. Rebecca’s testimony put Solomon behind bars… and now he’s getting his revenge. Following both her perspective and Solomon’s, we begin to learn what their life was really like and how his plan is brilliantly executed… Once the message start, you won’t be able to put this book down.
Rebecca wasn’t a character I particularly loved. I surely felt sorry for her (what was happening to her was horrible), but at the same time, I think I would’ve behaved differently and I didn’t warm up to her as much as I would’ve wanted. I’m talking about the present storyline, of course. My favorite was her sister-in-law, although she didn’t appear that much.
As for the ending, I think it was rather satisfying, but also quite predictable, and that’s what prevented me from liking Witness even more. I’m not saying it’s a bad ending, but I wish I hadn’t seen it coming.
What I liked the most
The diary entries were my favorite by far, mostly because we learned about Rebecca’s past and the beginning of her relationship with Solomon. He was such a cruel and heartless person… You will hate him in no time.
What I didn’t like that much
I thought the conclusion was very predictable. I had been expecting that revelation from the very beginning and it didn’t surprise me one bit. Maybe it’s me, as I’ve read too many similar books…
A thrilling and action-filled thriller about a man with the perfect plan…
Thomas and Mercer, 2016