Monday, 20 July 2015

Don't Turn Around - Caroline Mitchell

About the book...
You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.

As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.

When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.

About the author...
Author of the UK’s most talked about true paranormal story, Caroline Mitchell lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. 

Born in Ireland, she moved to the UK twelve years ago and became a police officer. Paranormal Intruder is the true story of her encounters with the supernatural.

My thoughts...
I as given an ecopy of this book by Bookouture, Caroline Mitchell's publishers in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give.

This is the first in a series of novels featuring D C Jennifer Knight.  Don't Turn Around is a chilling, crime thriller that will make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck as you try to make sense of the obvious and the just plain odd moments. I wasn't sure how I felt about reading a book with a paranormal twist - I'm a scaredy cat at heart but, I have to say the voices in Jennifer's head and apparent messages from beyond the grave was hard to ignore.   They didn't frighten me, they just gave the story an edge - making this crime thriller less obvious.

D C Jennifer Knight is considered a tough cookie, confident in her manner, working on her home patch, sleepy Haven. An area considered quiet, until a sudden spate of killings that triggers a chain of events. The tension quietly builds until you can almost lift it off the page as Jennifer wonders if she is going quietly mad whilst considering the possibility of a copycat killer. The crimes are so similar to those from twenty years ago that culminated in her mother, also a detective, securing a conviction. Questions are asked and messages come in unusual guises.

Thankfully, I read Don't Turn Around during daylight hours, just the title alone made me twitchy and the characters Caroline created were perfect. A blend of good and bad with both simple and complex natures. On first impressions Jennifer was a confident, strong character but in fact was hiding a weaker character under the armour of her job, she had serious trust issues and strong OCD tendencies with a troubled childhood that followed and still haunted her in adulthood, a mother and sister in denial, not wanting to acknowledge the past.

The story had me hooked with so many twists it was impossible to even guess the outcome of the investigation.  Each chapter finished was like removing layers in a pass the parcel, giving a little clue here and there. The clues led me a merry dance, at times I couldn't even differentiate between real and imagined occurrences.  I never even come close to fully unravelling the plot - and even now it has ended there story hasn't ended - Jennifer is a complex character that I hope Caroline will reveal more of in her next book.  I highly recommend this book if you want to read a thriller with a twist that will keep you guessing until the end and to be honest it's not often that occurs.

I highly recommend Don't Turn Around, addictive but not predictable in any way.

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