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.
The queen of darkness is back, and she's back with a vengeance.
Caroline Mitchell's debut thriller 'Don't Turn Around' was a cracking, nail-biting supernatural thriller of which I still recall many details, but in my opinion with 'Time to Die' this author has truly surpassed herself and my expectations.
"My name is Raven. You asked for a reading..."
DC Jennifer Knight and her team are investigating a series of suspicious deaths linked to a mysterious tarot card reader known as 'The Raven'. Somehow Raven's premonitions always come true and soon after his 'clients' die in the way he prophecies. Suspecting a supernatural involvement, Jennifer is desperate to find a connection between these seemingly random deaths.
"They were coming. The ravens were coming."
As Jennifer's sense of foreboding grows "as black as the wings of the ravens", The Raven makes contact with her and at that point she realises that something dark is on the horizon and a storm is coming for her. Who is this man? Is he killing these people or is it the work of something much more sinister? How is he choosing his victims? Why does he contact Jennifer personally? What does he want from her? Will she succeed in tracking him down before it's too late?
"In the mind of a cold-blooded killer, everything is justified."
Well this book is literally shrouded in gloom. Evil seeps out of every page. It is a dark, scary, atmospheric read, and Caroline's vivid descriptions of the surroundings made goosebumps spring on my flesh. I could almost hear the harsh cawing of those horrible beady eyed ravens (I hate them!) or the fluttering of their wings.
This is a very well-written, absorbing book and I found myself reading very fast to find out what will happen next. I was enthralled from the very first chapter but I made the big mistake of reading some pages at night, in the dark and I ended up afraid of stepping out of bed, fearing that something might grab my foot.
With twists and turns till the end, a well-balanced mixture of police procedural, the supernatural and even a dash of romance, I really enjoyed reading this book. The ending gives a good hint of Jennifer's next investigation. This has left me both curious and intrigued, but also furious because now I'll have to wait for the third book in the series to be published to find out what will happen.
If you want to be taken to the dark side, if you haven't yet tasted the produce of Caroline Mitchell's dark and twisted mind, what are you waiting for? Read this book! I highly recommend it. To say that it's excellent is simply a big understatement. Well Done Caroline!
With thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for approving my request to read and review this book.
About the author
Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Five years ago Caroline and her family encountered real life paranormal activity in their home. Paranormal Intruder is her best selling true story.
Caroline's new novel, Don't Turn Around has recently been published by Bookouture in a three book deal as part of her DC Jennifer Knight series. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline's experience in both the police and the paranormal. To find out more please subscribe at www.caroline-writes.com.