Witness - Caroline Mitchell


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Official Blurb:

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 the 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:

I’m in two minds about this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it, it made me jump, and I was scared about what would happen next. What would the next text say, and who would be the next victim? It was quite terrifying. The diary entries giving you the back story of what truly happened were grave and kept you interested. I was utterly horrified at Solomon’s actions (especially when you read the author’s afterward to realise that she has worked with women of domestic abuse, so she had real-life events and details to draw upon when writing this book).
However, the premise of the book was solid, but how the events were carried out didn’t sit right with me. ‘Talk to the police, and you die’ Rebecca didn’t know her house was bugged and she had a private number for the officer that had helped her before, yet she chooses to watch horrible things befall her friends rather than seek help. Her self-preservation was all that prevailed. It cost her a bit of the sympathy that you should have felt for her for all that Solomon put her through as she chooses to go through with his sick game.
I tried to ignore the fact that she could have sought help, as there wouldn’t have been a book if she had, but I think there needed to be more of a reason for her to go along with him other than the threat of her own life in the texts to make it more acceptable.
Despite this slight discontent, I did find the book compelling and unputdownable, and, for me, it was a race against the clock to get it finished before my sister came to visit for a few days.

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by Caroline Mitchell
Date Started
2nd November 2018
Date Finished
4th November 2018
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