Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Witness by Caroline Mitchell (audio)

Title: Witness
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Narrator: Steve West and Elizabeth Knowelden
Published: December 2016, Brilliance Audio
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes
Source: Publisher

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.

My thoughts: This is the first stand-alone book I've read by Caroline Mitchell and can I just say...WOW! This book had me all twisted and on the edge of my was an intense read from the get-go, with a completely unique premise and one heck of an ending that I did not see coming!

This is such a weird, twisty book - the characters pull you in and you find that you cannot walk away from them until you find out what happens to them. They are engaging, though definitely not completely likeable, at least not Solomon, but still, you need to find out what is the ultimate motivator to them. Rebecca is so unlike the typical girl in/from an abusive relationship - and yet, there is something quite unsettling about her. 

This cat and mouse game that goes on will keep you glued to this book. It's a sick game that Solomon puts Rebecca through and the way the story is narrated makes it all the more chilling. We also get glimpses into the past every once in a while to get a more full picture - adding more depth to the characters and the overall story.

This book is full of suspense and just when you think you have it all figured out - think again! It is filled with tension from start to finish, and creepy characters that stay with you long after you finish. This is one psychological thriller I can't recommend enough!

Audio thoughts: This was such a creepy book to listen to and I thought Steve West and Elizabeth Knowelden did such a great job with the audio production. Steve in particular, I felt, was convincingly threatening and evil as the voice of Solomon. I think in this case it really worked to have both a male and female narrator - it wouldn't have worked to have one person do all the voices. 


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