Pub: Thomas & Mercer
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.
Solomon is at best charming and at his worst manipulative, controlling and cruel.
Rebecca has moved on in her life, away from the abusive relationship she endured with Solomon and is now with Sean, caring, gentle and with her daughter Lottie, she feels her life is finally how it should be.
Solomon is now out of prison, having served 10 years for the murder of Jake. A man who made the mistake of taking an interest in Rebecca and paid the ultimate price for doing so.
Solomon wants revenge, and so begins a psychological thrill that teases, torments and delights.
Rebecca, always cautious that Solomon might one day make a return to her life, and is horrified when she discovers a phone, and on it a message.
A game must be played, and Rebecca must chose ‘her victims’ wisely.
Once I understood how this game was playing, I did wonder more than once why Rebecca just didn’t put Solomons name forward.. but as with all Mitchells novels, there are secrets and Witness is no exception.
With a tight plot and Carolines wicked mind at play, I was actually scared. This impressively accomplished novel weaves a tale that is genuinely realistic and with Solomons ‘madness’ added to the mix, it is a dark and devious read.
The theme of domestic abuse is one that needs to be carefully concocted, and although Rebeccas ordeal at Solomons hands and desires are distressing, Rebecca is shown to be at times, a strong and capable woman.
Witness is the kind of novel I want and have come to expect from Caroline Mitchell. She has fell with ease into her writing style and with every book she just gets better.