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.
OMG!! What a book!! In my opinion Caroline Mitchell's first attempt at writing a psychological thriller has resulted in absolutely her BEST book to date. I have really enjoyed all her other thrillers, but this, I think, is in a class of its own. This book made me literally hold my breath from the first terrifying chapter to the last page.
"It was his turn to pay her back, ten times over."
Becky (Rebecca) has built a new life for herself in Wales and lives happily with her adoring husband Sean and her little daughter Lottie. That is, until her terrible past catches up with her and she gets news that her former manipulative and controlling boyfriend Solomon, has been released from prison. She has been expecting this moment, just not so soon, and she's sure that his priority will be to exact his revenge on her for witnessing against him.
"The rules were clear. I was meant to be a silent witness."
Only Becky can't even start to imagine what type of revenge he has in store for her... Soon she finds herself once again a pawn in Solomon's hands, playing her part in an ingenious and horrible game only his sick mind could conceive. A game designed to inflict pain, guilt and ultimately death, ending with only one winner... Solomon.
Domestic abuse is at the centre of the story and the tension never ceases. The clever chilling plot is laid out in two main storylines, one in the present day and the other ten years previously. Through Rebecca's diary entries we get to know how in a short time, Solomon's charm turns into deviousness taking over Rebecca's life completely, controlling and abusing her in every possible way, isolating her from society and sucking the life out of her. Now Solomon is back and he intends to turn Rebecca's present even more dreadful than her past.
Well, this book is very well written, brilliant and gripping. It kept me on edge all the time biting my nails, wondering what will happen next, who the next victim will be, how will Becky and her family come out of this whole sorry mess, who will win by the end.
All characters are realistic and the dialogue believable. Solomon is very well portrayed and is certainly one of the most horrid characters I've come across in all the books I've read. He's rotten to the core and his unscrupulous mind knows no bounds. My heart went out to Becky for what she has and is going through at the hands of this monster.
The ending was totally hair-raising and unexpected and one of the twists the author throws at us made me gasp. Wait!! What??!!
With five polished shiny stars, I highly recommend this book and sincerely hope that in future the author will award us with more excellent psychological thrillers, as with 'Witness' she has absolutely surpassed herself. A huge well done!!
With thanks to Thomas and Mercer publishers for an ARC of this book through Netgalley.
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full-time.
She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims—high-risk victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children.
You can find out more about her at www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/paranormalintruder).