Witness

  • by Caroline Mitchell
  • Narrated by Steve West, Elizabeth Knowelden
  • 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Not all that.

The story has a strong opening. It is to from the POV of Rebecca, the victim and Soloman the murder. The story is told from the past and present view of their interactions. How they met and their relationship is an interesting part of the story. Rebecca was still a victim at the end of the book. Rebecca was abused mentally and physically by Soloman. She was a prisoner in her own home with her activities being lived streamed to Soloman. A crime is committed, Rebecca testifies against Soloman, who spends ten years in jail. ** spoilers **

When he is released, he sets up ten scenarios for Rebecca to follow with the same threat that all criminals make, “don’t contact the police.” These scenarios are crimes against people Rebecca knows. Each scenario has increasing degrees of threat to the people and culpability to Rebecca. We endure 8.5 hours of Rebecca, being pulled around by Soloman. She felted compelled to participated in his macabre game, thinking that he would leave her family alone if she plays his game. As each scenario gets more dire Rebecca’s morals compass is more compromised. Her reasoning is, “This is all my fault, and it is up to me to sort it out.” She rationalizes she can make it up to the people when the situation with Soloman, is over.

She was constantly saying that he was intelligent and “clever” with computers, yet, it was 8 hours before she thought he could be monitoring her home. The author showed the reader when Soloman “upgraded” Rebecca’s home monitor system. You are live in protection mode, locking doors, windows and you have a big dog. You get a call for an upgrade to your home system. Do you take it?

There is not one point in this story that Rebecca makes a decision to eliminate the threat to her situation. She does not tell her family nor does she contact the police. Why does this woman think that she can handle someone who physically and mentally abused her? Rebecca is not like many abused women who take self-defense classes.
The police offer her witness protection; she refuses the offer. Ten years later, her spider senses go off, and she contacts the police to see when is Soloman being released. They want to help/work with her. Rebecca is very adamant about protecting her location. How did Soloman find her?

For 7.5 hours Rebecca is giving up victims for Soloman’s crimes. Her final confrontation with Soloman consisted of her begging for Soloman to release her sister-in-law and daughter.

You do get a surprised 20 minutes before the end. There are a few things mentioned or referenced that are left unexplained in the book. What happened to Soloman in school? How was Soloman convicted? Why did Soloman pick Rebecca?
Did I find this riveting? No. Will I read another novel by this author? No. Why? Nothing original and a sloppy job in setting up the story.
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- Yvonne "Say something about yourself!"

The main character, Rebecca, is weak and annoying

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.
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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.

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- cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio