Witness (Caroline Mitchell)

30637470.jpgTo 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…

Other reviews:
Clues And Reviews
StefLoz Book Reviews
Keeper of Pages

Similar books:
The Beautiful Dead
The Primrose Path
Don’t You Cry

Thomas and Mercer, 2016 

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

20 thoughts on “Witness (Caroline Mitchell)

  1. I really like the sound of this book and can’t wait to read it soon. As for the predictable ending, mh…knowing you, I have to check it out myself though I will probably not be able to predict it unless its obvious. As always, great review!

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    1. Hahaha This was way more predictable than A Mother’s Confession. It’s because I read too many similar ones, if you read it, we can share thoughts, as usual ❤

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  2. Thanks for linking to my review! I really liked the diary entries too. And you are so good as guessing ending lol, I made a prediction in this one and I was just so wrong lol. Nice review! And I must get to The a Beautiful Dead soon!

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  3. You’ve beaten me to it but I think my review is pretty much the same (no copying, I’ve already submitted it on NetGalley!). I loved the diary entries the most and the question whose name she was going to give up each time. The conclusion was maybe a bit predictable but also still able to squeeze my heart in a vice :-).

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    1. Hahahaha We have very similar tastes, so I believe you 😛 This was a very good book, it was just me that I was a bit angry with the ending, but it might work for others, for sure!

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  4. I’m always disappointed if I predict an ending early on and I turn out to be right. I’d rather be tricked and fooled and manipulated…but in a way that still makes sense with the story. Of course, that’s not always easy for a writer to pull off

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    1. I get what you mean. Sometimes, I like guessing because I think it’s the only possible solution that makes sense (with Into the Light by Aleatha Romig, for example), but here, I thought it was a twist that had been done many times.

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  5. Well, I don’t read enough thrillers and mysteries, but that blurb grabbed me hard! Ugh, I could not imagine. I am a tad let down that the ending was somewhat predictable for you though. You know me and endings 😉 I keep seeing this author make rounds, and I will eventually give in!

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  6. The downside of reading too many books from the same genre! Our trained brains catch the hints faster and we predict the end, killing it with our magic powers! I really need to give Caroline Mitchell some attention! I felt the same way with the main character of the last book I read, but it also had other flaws so I did not like it that much. Great review!

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