Don’t Turn Around - Caroline Mitchell
Reading Challenge Category: Just wanted to read
You don’t know him. But he knows you. Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him. As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave. When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict. Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play … With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.
I grabbed this book when it was reduced to 0.99p. I’d been dying to read some of Caroline Mitchell’s back catalogue after enjoying her DI Amy Winter series. I’m not sure if this was the one for me, though. I had missed in the blurb and tagline that it was a supernatural thriller. I thought with it being about a detective I was going to get a good old crime fiction novel. Well, it is a crime novel, but it certainly has a very peculiar twist. You need to leave any preconceptions about the paranormal at the door and take this book for what it is. Something I struggled with whilst reading it. D.C Jennifer Knight starts to notice some anomalies with the cases she is covering and at the same time her past dalliances with the paranormal have started to rear their heads once more. Are they connected? When she starts to delve into everything a little deeper, she puts not only her own life at risk but the ones she loves as well. I could get on board with most of what was happening, and I enjoyed the chapters set in the past following Frank, Sam and Elizabeth. These were probably the most real and relatable chapters. However, the ending I had a little trouble with. The conclusion was all paranormal. I kept trying to rationalise things the whole way through, but the ending makes sure that you can’t and have to accept it as a supernatural book. It was enjoyable enough, well written despite the few typos and inconsistencies. I don’t think I will be reading the rest in the series as they just weren’t my cup of tea. I have read Caroline’s ‘Paranormal Intruder’, and I left that feeling unsure, but in fiction, I’m just not a big fan of things that can’t be explained logically and rationally.