Book Review: The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve never thought I’d get hooked on to paranormal fiction, but Caroline Mitchell had to come and change all that. I now wait for Jennifer Knight books, so it was a given that I will grab at any chance to read The Silent Twin.

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Abigail and Olivia are nine-year-old twins, close and inseparable, until Abigail goes missing. Since Abigail has gone missing Olivia has become mute, refusing to say a word until she whispers ‘I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me’, in DC Jennifer Knight’s ears. Abigail is speaking through Olivia, Knight realised. As a family liaison officer she knows she is up against time to find Abigail. She needs to break Olivia’s silence, find out why she is silent. She has her work cut out for her.

The twins lived with their parents, father Nick, a cop, and mum, Joanna a businesswoman, in a crumbling, creepy farmhouse. Everybody seems to have something to hide, even the farmhouse. DC Knight has the unenviable task of figuring out whose secrets are the most dangerous.

The story progresses with diary entries of a person seemingly responsible for Abigail’s disappearance.

The author does a fantastic job of creating a dark, chilling atmosphere. You can feel the desolation, the desperation. You are there, in that desolate farmhouse, with the family, at odds with each other. She portrays the dysfunctional family that they are so beautifully. In the midst of it all, there’s Olivia, caught up in the middle, lonelier than everybody, refusing to say a word. You wonder who is desperate or evil enough to kidnap or kill the poor child. A book that I found tough to put down till the very end. I think this book is my favourite so far. I can’t wait for the next one.

My Rating: 4.5/5. Fantastic throughout, kept me guessing. Loved the way it ended.

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the review copy of this book.

About the Author

Caroline Mitchell is the author of Amazon best selling true story ‘Paranormal Intruder’, and her recent debut crime novel ‘Don’t Turn Around’.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.

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Book Review: Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell

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I came across Caroline Mitchell’s writing when I picked up her first book, ‘Don’t Turn Around’, which I absolutely loved, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I had to request it.

Detective Jennifer Knight is on the trail of a serial killer who calls himself Raven. Raven is no run-of-the-mill serial killer, he is guided by dark forces, a tarot card reader and there is a method in his madness which is spine chilling. Jennifer is not just a detective, she has some special psychic powers herself. As the investigation progresses, Jennifer knows that Raven has a target and it is her. Jen has to use all of her powers to protect herself and her family.

The second in the Jennifer Knight series, this book does not disapppoint. Another un-put-downable book from Caroline Mitchell. The author keeps the narrative fast and full of suspense. To be honest, I kind of figured it out towards the end, but even that did not detract from the book. A thriller, through and through.

I’m not a big fan of paranomal themed books, however, Caroline weaves in the paranormal element so well, that I love them. She builds up the atmosphere of the unknown, the terror and the ruthlessness so very well, I almost don’t want the book to end, even though I’m desperate to know how it all turns out. I have also enjoyed the characters. Jen in particluar is a protagonist, who I end up rootimg for. I know for a fact that I will be looking forward to picking up the next in the series.

Rating: 4/5

About the Author

Caroline Mitchell is the author of Amazon best selling true story ‘Paranormal Intruder’, and her recent debut crime novel ‘Don’t Turn Around’.

Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.

Book Review: Don’t Turn Around by Caroline Mitchell

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DC Jennifer Knight had been investigating a routine stabbing in Haven, a quiet, relatively crime free town, when she gets what sounds like a personal message from the grave, referencing her dead mother, Elizabeth.

Unable to understand what to make of this, Jennifer continues her normal routine when more killings take place. Jennifer knows, instinctively that there is more than meets the eye. Her own premonitions tell her to dig further. She soon discovers that there is indeed a link. The spate of murders mirrored those of the notorious serial killer who called himself ‘The Grim Reaper’. Her mother Elizabeth had been part of the team which convicted him, and now it looked as if a copycat Grim Reaper was back. Jennifer knew in her bones that it was more than a copycat, this was someone who had a connection to her.

The author does a brilliant job, setting the atmosphere. I felt Jennifer’s terror. I found myself wondering if I could hear footsteps in a house where I knew everyone else was asleep. A book that gripped me completely. The character are brought to life beautifully. Jennifer’s troubled, neglected childhood, her relationship with her sister, Amy, her memories of her mother. Frank’s childhood which scarred him for life, little aspects have been explored and well thought out. The characters felt real. I could empathise with what Jennifer was going through. The author has also brought out beautifully how some things are so different from what we perceive from our row of seats in life. For years, Jennifer has an understanding of her mother which was quite different from reality. The extents to which people go, for various reasons, some because of their sick minds, some because they will do everything to save their loved ones. The book, for a paranormal crime thriller, it was so much more than just a thriller, which is the reason I enjoyed this book so much.

One of those books, whose blurb I hadn’t read in quite as much detail as I should have. However, I have to say, I’m glad that it didn’t disappoint me at all. If anything, it made the book even better for me. A book I would recommend, but if you are wary of paranormal books, then be warned, this one has plenty of it. Having said that, in normal circumstances, I’m not too fond of paranormal books, but this book was one I would recommend. First in the series, I’m quite looking forward to reading the next one, when it comes along.

Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

So, have you read this already? How did you find it?

About the Author
Caroline Mitchell is the author of Amazon best selling true story ‘Paranormal Intruder’, and her recent debut crime novel ‘Don’t Turn Around’.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.

This book is available on Amazon(UK).