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Witness is a psychological thriller set in Wales by British author Caroline Mitchell. The book jumps back and forth very frequently between the years 2007 and 2016. The antagonist, Solomon, is totally evil as he seeks to control every aspect of his girlfriend's/fiance's Rebecca's life in 2007 and tries to destroy her in 2016. Rebecca, who is a weak and dependent, is not an admirable or likable protagonist. The plot twist at the end is unexpected, but it does little to help because it effectively sinks the protagonist to the moral level of the antagonist. In summary, Witness is an interesting (at times) but deeply flawed very dark psychological thriller. The narration is excellent.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
I have read a great many books about spousal abuse, and I have never seen a less sympathetic female lead.
The book had a couple surprises so I would think some readers might find this interesting.
What was most disappointing about Caroline Mitchell’s story?
I did not like the main character at all. The things she allowed to happen were reprehensible. I kept waiting for her to get a back bone and stand up to the guy.
I totally agree with one reviewer who commented on some of the ludicrous incidents with the home monitoring system. Rebecca knows Soloman is some computer wizard but she doesn't even think about the phone call from a monitoring company wanting to "upgrade" their home system.
There are some subjects brought up but never explained or expanded upon. Ie: Solomans school experiences, his sentencing to prison.
What does Steve West and Elizabeth Knowelden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I thought the narrators did a very good job especially in light of the material they were reading.
The voice of Soloman was convincingly threatening and evil.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I was definitely angry at Rebecca and went so far as to yell at her a few times.
How could she stand by and "witness" the awful things happening to her friends, neighbors and family?
Any additional comments?
I obviously did not care for this book at all.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
loved it,!! gripping, intense until the end. narration very good. thoroughly recommend it! believable thriller
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
As always brill but twist at ending I didn't see coming love it to bits
3 of 4 people found this review helpful