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.
Witness is told in alternating chapters, mainly between Rebecca, in present day and her diary from her time when she meets Solomon. There is also a few chapters from Solomon’s perspective.
Solomon is a truly evil person. My dislike for him turned into hatred the further into the novel I got. Not only is he very controlling but he has no thought for anyone in this world but himself. Plus not only did he ruin Rebecca’s life before he went to prison, he is now very much out for revenge and has every intention in ripping Rebecca’s new life apart.
Rebecca has had a fairly traumatic time from meeting Solomon, but after bravely testifying against Solomon she has slowly moved on with her life, meeting Sean and settling down and having a little girl. She has finally got the happy life that she craved for. To be the victim of domestic abuse is an horrific thing to go through and even though Rebecca has moved on, it is always at the back of her mind that he will be released and when that day comes, even she couldn’t imagine the extent of what he will do to get his revenge.
When Solomon does get in touch with Rebecca, her whole world collapses. Solomon has created a very sick and twisted game. Rebecca struggles to try and remain normal on the outside whilst inside she feels like she is going crazy.
I have to admit I absolutely loved the idea of Solomon’s sick and twisted game. It makes for brilliant reading. I certainly didn’t envy Rebecca though having to choose victims. I mean even if you don’t like someone, I still wouldn’t want them to be the victims of any of the crimes that Solomon was coming up with. It certainly made for a really thought provoking read as I was constantly wondering who in my life did I know that I would choose so that the horrible fate fell on someone else and not my loved ones.
Witness is a brilliant psychological thriller that totally shook me up. Without a doubt it’s a page turner and I could feel my jaw dropping further and further with the intensity and awfulness of the crimes. At one point my jaw literally dropped to the floor but the less said about that the better.
A definite must read for for fans of this genre and one that will have everyone talking.
My thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Witness is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.