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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop and round off the Blog Tour for #Witness by the incredibly talented Caroline Mitchell.  Witness is actually Caroline’s first psychological thriller and it’s absolute corker, check out my review below and see what you think.

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Published: 20 December 2016
Reviewed: 2 November 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Thomas & Mercer and Author in exchange for an honest review

 

Description:

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 & Review:

I was immensely honoured to have been offered the opportunity to read Caroline Mitchell’s latest thriller before publication.  I am a great fan of her work and she’s one of the few authors that I will immediately buy a book from without a moment hesitation.

Witness is quite possibly one of the most taut psychological thrillers I’ve read.  It’s a gripping read from the very opening pages that pulls the reader in and keeps them reading frantically.
I would say that it has a claustrophobic feel to it despite the setting in the sprawling Welsh countryside.  And this closed in feeling really begins to impose on the reader as the plot thickens, the danger increases and the reader begins to experience the sickening feeling in the pit of their stomach along with Rebecca.  The panic and turmoil that is experienced by  Rebecca is so well written that the reader cannot help but become wrapped up in it.  There were stages in the narrative that I desperately wanted to put down the book, my feeling of dread at what lay ahead was so great, but Caroline Mitchell writes in such a way that you have to keep reading, she baits chapters so effectively that it’s almost physically impossible to put the book down.

Character development in this was absolutely superb.  Seeing Rebecca go from being a victim to being happy, in control and able to  move on was fantastic, but when Solomon reappears in her life, the shift in her was so expertly written.  Subtle changes in her were apparent to those closest to her but easy to write off as tiredness or a headache etc, only the reader was aware of the true reasons.
Solomon is an interesting character, utterly malevolent and ruthless.  The way that he is written makes the reader feel on edge slightly, aware that all is not what it seems and he evokes a feeling of fear and panic.  Being able to create a character that can inspire this much unease from readers is remarkably good writing, and this book has it in abundance.

The skill in the writing here is portraying sensitive subjects and not shying away from what makes them so hard, gritty and abhorrent.  There is sensitivity in the writing about domestic abuse and the violence of it all, Caroline’s time working in the Police Force shows through her ability to write with credibility about these subjects so vividly but she ensures that it is not done gratuitously.

Despite Caroline Mitchell having an impressive collection of novels already behind her, I have to admit that this is quite possibly my favourite one yet.  It’s gripping, disturbing and utterly chilling but a brilliant read!!

You can purchase a copy of Witness here.

About the Author:

A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time.
Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts and sold over a quarter of a million copies in the first year and a half of publication. The first in her new series, Love You To Death, features DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.

Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.
Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways – Caroline Mitchell Reader’s Club  or follow her on Twitter for updates @Caroline_writes

Don’t forget to check out the previous hosts for reviews and posts or pop over to my co-host for today Seans Book Reviews

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I am delighted to welcome you to my stop of Caroline Mitchell’s blog tour for ‘Love You To Death’ and share my review of this unnervingly brilliant thriller.

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Published: 11 November 2016
Reviewed: 9 November 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Caroline Mitchell & Bookouture as part of blog tour

 

Description:

‘I’m not your mother. You’re a monster. I don’t want you’

Women who gave a child up for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

For Detective Ruby Preston and her team, it is a race against time to connect the dots before the killer can strike again. But when Ruby receives a sinister email, the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

Could the clues to the identity of the killer lie in Ruby’s own past?

Who can she trust with her secrets?

And could Ruby be next?

My Thoughts & Review:

Love You To Death is one of those books that deserves many gold stars of awesomeness, it’s dark, it’s twisted and it’s utterly chilling.
Caroline Mitchell introduces readers to her newest creation,  Detective Ruby Preston, a wonderfully original character who has flaws and connections that make her life more complicated than she really needs.  Far from the textbook female detective, Ruby Preston stomps her way into the ring and takes her rightful place amongst the great fictional detectives.

Without retelling the story and potentially spoiling any part of this book, I will say that Mitchell has crafted an excellent plot with numerous separate threads that masterfully come together.  It’s intense, sharp and fraught with danger.  The menacing figure in this is one that makes the reader squirm in their seat, gives them the creeps and makes them think twice about opening the door to strangers!  The vivid descriptions of settings make crime scenes even more shocking and disturbing.  The descriptions of the characters are absolutely superb, the reader can almost envision the guises of the killer and the fear that is instilled by their presence.  The underlying menace in the story makes this an unnerving read, but at the same time it also makes this a book you struggle to put down.  Definitely one best avoided before bed, unless you have a free day ahead of you and you can catch up on sleep later!

Pace wise, it’s a nail biting frenetic read.  The reader is driven to keep going, desperate to find out what will happen in each thread of the plot and find out who the killer is.  I also found that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to Ruby Preston on a personal level.  With so many complications in her life, it is inevitable that at least one will capture the attention of the reader, and the way in which Mitchell has written this character means that there is so much scope for development in the future.  The links back to Ruby’s past were also incredibly interesting, adding subtle details that enhance her character.
The snippets of detail from the killer about life building up to this point are quite intriguing and gave me pause for thought – wondering whether it is nature or nurture which poses the greater pull on a person and the path they take in life……

Breaking up this sinister and chilling thriller is perfectly placed humour and wonderfully scripted dialogue, several exchanges between characters in this had me chuckling out loud – just the right amount of light relief from the gripping unease that flows through the book.

This is definitely a must read by one of my  favourite authors!

You can buy a copy of Love You to Death in the UK here and in the US here


About the Author:

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A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. She now writes full time.

Published by Bookouture, her DC Knight crime thriller series reached the number one position in the Amazon crime charts. Love You To Death, the first in her new series featuring DS Ruby Preston is due for publication 11th November 2016.

Her new psychological thriller, Witness, is published with Thomas & Mercer and due for publication 20th December 2016.

Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways. Caroline Mitchell Reader’s Club


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for extracts and reviews

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The Silent Twin

Author: Caroline Mitchell
Published: 14 April 2016
Reviewed: 1 August 2016

5 out of 5 Stars

Copy supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review


Description:

I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life? 

My Thoughts & Review:

The Silent Twin is the third book in the DC Jennifer Knight and quite frankly Caroline Mitchell has really set herself a high target to beat for any further books in this series – this book really is that good!

For those that have not read Don’t Turn Around or Time to Die, then fear not this book works well as a standalone, however I would absolutely recommend seeking out the previous books.  I say this not because you need to so that you will fully understand the back stories but more because Mitchell demonstrates awe inspiring skill in her writing.  Initially setting a pace akin to a comfortable and steady read, the intensity escalates to the point the reader is almost on the edge of their seat, desperately trying to master speed reading to find out what is going to happen next. 
As with the first two books, DC Jennifer Knight finds herself involved with a case that draws on her unique abilities, and from the very start this case is not going to be easy.  Twin sisters Olivia and Abigail were playing hide and seek at Blackwater Farm but Abigail soon disappears.  Following the disappearance of her sister, Olivia stops talking and it is down to Jennifer Knight to try and find out what she can from the mute twin.  This coupled with strange happenings in the house means that Knight has her work cut out for her, trying to find Abigail before it’s too late and getting to the bottom of what everyone is hiding.  

The clever style of writing allowed the reader to experience a roller coaster of emotion along with Jennifer Knight, the shock of some discoveries did have me looking up from my book in absolutely amazement.  The characters are great, something about the parents of the girls seemed to niggle at me, their reactions to their daughter being missing seemed unnatural – this subtle way of dropping little snippets of information was both helpful and a complete red herring in some cases, meaning the reader has their work cut out for them if they want to try and second guess Caroline Mitchell.
An utterly captivating read, dark and twisted enough to secure Caroline Mitchell the title of one of my favourite authors.  This is an impressive crime fiction series with a touch of something unearthly, very enjoyable and absolutely gripping!    
You can buy a copy of The Silent Twin here

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Time To Die

Author : Caroline Mitchell
Published: 24 September 2015
Reviewed: 17 October 2015
What Milo Saw by Virginia Macgregor

Read more at: http://www.london24.com/entertainment/book_review_what_milo_saw_by_virginia_macgregor_1_3750981
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Copy kindly supplied by Bookouture in return for an honest review via NetGalley.

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

He will predict your life… and your death.


Don’t ever cross his palm with silver.

He will reveal your most shameful secrets.

He will predict your death.

He is hiding a secret.

He is hiding a monster.


And all his predictions come true.


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.
 
Detective Constable Jennifer Knight isn’t what you’d call a normal detective, she possess a psychic ability and has found herself working on Operation Moonlight, a task force dealing with the less than ordinary crimes in the small town of Haven.
When dead bodies start turning up Op Moonlight are interested, especially when it would seem that each victim had been given a tarot reading shortly before their death.  At first they wonder what the connection between the victims is, do they know the seer of their death?  Or are they just chosen at random?

From the start the reader knows who the card reader is, he’s Raven.  Far from normal, he holds a power over his targets, he’s dark and twisted and he’s on a mission.
As you delve into Raven’s past you can’t help but feel remorse, sorrow and pain for him as a child, but that all ends when you discover the person he becomes.
Jennifer Knight on the other hand, the more you read about her the more you love her and her determination to save everyone in Haven.  She’s had a tough time and she’s not going to let anyone or anything hold her back. She’s fierce, determined and gutsy, something that makes this central character stand out. 

There is so much that could be said about this book, but that would give away too  many details that might spoil it for readers.

The style of writing is very good, there is a clever mix of police procedural and paranormal elements, characters are engaging, interesting and draw the reader in.  Sub plots are well interwoven into the story and the flashbacks to a character and their past are very well written. 
Having not read Mitchell’s first instalment, I worried that I would struggle with this novel, but at no point when reading this did I struggle.  Any hint to previous events was cleverly done, so much so that you could easily imagine this as the debut novel.  I will be making a point of checking out the first book in the series just to see what happened though.

This was definitely a page turner, and I am keen to see how Mitchell follows this up with the third book!

I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Thriller and Paranormal genres. 
 
I would like to thank Bookouture for the copy of this book in return for an honest review and if you would like to buy a copy, this book was published on 24th September 2015.  A copy can be purchased here Time To Die (UK Kindle Version)
 

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