In a nutshell…
Rebecca, witness to a violent crime committed by her controlling boyfriend Solomon, has created a new life for herself in rural Wales. As a victim, she was groomed and mentally degraded by Solomon and was only able to leave after he was sentenced to jail. 10 years later, he is out and seeking revenge. His plan: to make Rebecca witness 10 increasing violent crimes after nominating the victim; turning her against those she loves most and controlling her once again.
What I thought…
I read this in two days. Or, to be more precise, three 1.5-hour train journeys. I was hooked from beginning to end. Caroline’s writing, from the third-person descriptions of Rebecca’s life after Him, to the first-person ramblings of Solomon himself, is mesmerising. She effortlessly glides between the two characters, getting into Solomon’s head as well as narrating Rebecca’s movements. In the mix are Rebecca’s diary entries of her experiences which gradually reveal how she fell for Solomon’s manipulative charms.
There are moments when you become infuriated by our heroine and her questionable actions as she is pulled into Solomon’s games once again. Why does she go along with it? Why is she allowing him to control her from a distance after everything? How does she not work out that he is watching her every move? Caroline works her magic. Back and forth we go as we are let in on the secret slowly but surely until suddenly it falls into place and questions are answered. And they are not what you expect at all.
This book is a fabulous, yet heart-stopping thrill ride. I was certainly drawn in and this one will stay with me for a long time.
My thanks to NetGalley for my advanced copy of Witness in exchange for an honest review.