Tuesday intro: Witness

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week I’m reading Witness by Caroline Mitchell, who I’ve never read but hear so many good things about.  It’s my favourite theme – murder – so I have high hopes.  Here’s what it’s about…

30637470To 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.

And here’s how it starts (a bit of a longer one this week)…


12th September 2007

‘Stay away from me,’ I cried, shielding my face with a bloodied hand as the beam of a torch found me. A strong female voice responded, lowering the streak of light to the floor.
‘It’s the police. You’re safe now.’ The officer spoke in a Jamaican accent. The late September night was making her sweat in her fluorescent jacket, her eyes wide as she took in the scene.
‘Where’s the light switch?’ a male officer said, his flash lamp strobing through the darkness of my home. I blinked against the sudden glare as the light flicked on overhead. My Tiffany lamp lay smashed on its side, and had plunged us into blackness. The police woman was still speaking to me, but her words were muffled, as if she were talking underwater. My head spun. I was drowning in confusion. It wasn’t until her fingers dug into my shoulder I could distinguish her words.
‘Why don’t you come over here and let the paramedics do their job?’
Paramedics…It felt like forever since I had made the call.  I cradled Jake’s head in my lap, the tips of my fingers making blood-stained patterns on his greying skin. Glassy-eyed, he stared unblinking at the ceiling.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Oh my goodness! This sounds a doozy of an opening… Not being a fan of serial killer violence, I probably wouldn’t continue – but it’s a strong hook. Hope you continue to enjoy it Emma and I look forward to reading your review in due course:).

  2. Sounds great, I would keep reading! 🙂

  3. WOW, powerful intro, I’m curious!

    1. I thought so too – though a bit longer than I normally do. I felt I had to get to the dead body 🙂

  4. That’s a great opening — right in the middle of action. I’d definitely keep turning pages, especially after reading the blurb.
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    1. it is isn’t it. I hope it continues!

  5. I’d keep reading. I like a good, well-written crime novel – unless it gets too gory. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. I hope it doesn’t – I’m not a fan of gore either!

  6. Wow, definitely a nail-biting suspense. Some twists we don’t usually see in our books. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    1. it sounds like it will be doesn’t it. Fingers crossed x

  7. Well that’s definitely a strong start – I’d keep reading 🙂

    1. I hope it’s as good as reviews of other books have led me to believe!

  8. This sounds very intense! I can see this one being a movie.

    1. I agree. Though if I’ve read and enjoyed the book I probably won’t watch it (I never want to spoil my vision).

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