Thursday, 28 January 2016

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: The Witness - Simon Kernick

Release Date: 28/01/16
Publisher:  Century


The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds and The Final Minute.

‘I had a simple choice. Stay here, and almost certainly be discovered.

Or get up and run.’

When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.

DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on?

In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer. But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding.

And now he’s coming for her …


I love a good scare with a crime novel and Simon is an author that’s done that very well for me in the past. Here in his latest title he’s done it again with characters that stand out that generate a sense of unease within the reader each time they head towards a dangerous situation. Its definitely something that will pull at the heart strings, have you gasping for breath between some sequences and generates something that is, at times, just too hard to put down until you see that they’re alright.

Add to this a plotline that hooks you in, dialogue that trips off the page and all round I was a very happy reader. A real treat for a new year.

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