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Witness

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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.

©2016 Caroline Mitchell. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-15-17

Rebecca vs. Solomon

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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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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no imagination

I never quit a book halfway through but this is the second one this week. a story about a violent ex and a very stupid female staying silent and going along with the threats. Irritating story.

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Great audio book

I'm becoming a fan of Caroline Mitchell, I read one of her books and enjoyed it, so I decided to check this one out on kindle unlimmited. I originally planned to read and listen to the book,but the narration was so good I did not want to just read it. Recharged and plot wereexcellent, I recommend this to anyone looking to be entertained

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Suspend your belief.

I feel like the portrayal of a controlling person/abuser was probably accurate. Something I would never hope to experience. A crime was committed and Solomon was incarcerated. Ten years later he is out. He blackmails Becky into “Witnessing “ 10 crimes, one for each year of his incarceration. Although she always checks her locks and has security cameras she goes out at 2:00 am to comply?? I am thinking Don’t do it! Tell someone! But we would not have a story then would we? Always a plus when you have a male and female narrator.

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Irritating

That’s all I can say. I found the heroine most irritating. Of course that is only my opinion.

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Twit on a Scooter

Found the main character self-absorbed and totally lacking in discernment and compassion . This reader was often heard uttering, "Idiot"!" out loud.

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  • Cpen
  • Alexandria, VA
  • 11-27-18

ridiculous

I was only able to get to Chapter 14 with this book for the simple reason that the main character's behavior was baffling. Without giving anything away, I could not understand why the main character would fail to communicate the major life threatening issues that were happening with her significant other and to the police. She's going to handle it on her own?? not a chance. It simply makes no sense, and because of that, I could not continue listening because all I wanted to do was yell at her to stop being an idiot.

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thoroughly engaging

I loved this book from page 1. Of course it did help that I also love a Welsh accent. Anyway the story itself was difficult put down. I listened to this book with Audible which made it all the more real to me. Both narrators gave an amazing performance. Near the ending and at the ending were big surprises I did not see coming. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery.

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kept me on the edge

story plott kept me on the edge and guessing at what was coming next. love it

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  • Karen
  • 01-23-17

totally absorbing

loved it,!! gripping, intense until the end. narration very good. thoroughly recommend it! believable thriller

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  • j c rogers
  • 02-22-17

Could not put it down

As always brill but twist at ending I didn't see coming love it to bits

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-30-17

Wow

Fantastic book with a real twist at the end I didn't see coming. Well worth a listen

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  • Sasso
  • 01-04-17

Storyline not believable

Nearly gave up on this, storyline not believable.
It was ok, very predictable.
Would have liked a twist.
The only twist was predictable from the beginning.
I made myself persevere to the end.

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  • simplyswing
  • 04-27-17

Excellent

Wonderful story and ve r very good narration added even more enjoyment. I e enjoyed this and look forward to reading more Caroline Michell books.

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  • kate
  • 10-04-19

My review

I could not finish this book, I found the sickly sweet voice of Elizabeth Knowelden so irritating which was detrimental to the very weak story.

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  • Megan Green
  • 09-11-19

Totally drawn in! Fantastic story and performances

The concept of this story was genius and so well executed by author and both the narrators. Gripped from start to finish. Ending did not disappoint! Faultless - highly recommend audiobook and will be seeking out more from this team.

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  • sandra Tranter
  • 08-18-19

Witness

Parts so true to a life I once had . I could relate to a lot

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  • Mrsbee
  • 06-16-19

ok but a bit disappointing

I thought the story was very gripping but had a sense of disappointment at the end. what happened to one of the major characters and the loose ends did not seem to be tidied up. I was left wanting to know more.

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  • J. S. Stevens
  • 04-25-19

A twist in the tail

Totally gripping, couldn't wait to see what happened next. Well read too. Highly recommend this author.