ARC REVIEW: Witness – by Caroline Mitchell

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Title: Witness
Author: Caroline Mitchell

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
First published: December 20th 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Finished reading: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 338
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“You come into this world alone, and you go out of it alone. As soon as you make peace with that, the sooner you learn there’s no point being afraid.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I wasn’t going to request any new Netgalley titles, but I had heard so many great things about Witness that I just HAD to click that button again. I’m so glad my fellow bloggers convinced me to pick up this title, because this newest psychological thriller by Caroline Mitchell turned out to be another more than excellent read that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Due to its well written prose,  full-speed pace, intriguing plot and many, many plot twists, I literally flew through the pages of Witness and I enjoyed every single minute of it. Sure, the main character Rebecca isn’t exactly reliable and I’m not sure I actually like her. Sure, I don’t exactly agree with the things see did. But that suspense, those twists! The plot is without doubt very original and you probably won’t see the ending coming. I kind of suspected something was a bit off, but definitely not THAT. If you are looking for your next suspense-packed psychological thriller, Witness is surely an excellent choice!

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What to Rebecca was a brave decision that would finally free her from domestic abuse, had enormous consequences for Solomon. Rebecca’s testimony locked Solomon away for ten years, but his good behavior gets him out early. Rebecca doesn’t know about his release; she left her old life without a trace to be able to rebuild her life and put the past behind her. But the past always finds a way to catch up… And one day, a phone rings in her bedroom, but it’s not hers. Solomon has been in her house, and left a very terrifying message. Let the game begin…

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Every time I think of the plot, I cannot stop thinking of how original, twisted and intriguing it is. I don’t want to give away too much to avoid spoilers, but any fan of suspenseful psychological thrillers will appreciate Witness as a story. Sure, the main characters are not that likeable, but the writing is very strong as well as the plot (twists). It shows what someone will do to protect their own… And how the past always catches up in the end. More than recommended!


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2016: The Numbers

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I really liked how the graphics came out I used to analyze my first 25 TBR jar picks, so I have been keeping track of my reading months ever since. This post is about the full twelve months of 2016… No covers in the title this time, because there were just too many. 😉

First of all some quick facts. In the twelve months of 2016 I have read no less than 194 books with a total page count of 62.168 pages (not counting 2 rereads); an average of about 320 pages per book. The average rating is 3,54 stars, which is quite a good average considering it also includes three 0 star ratings (DNF). 41 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 32 books received a rating below 3 stars… Which means I enjoyed reading about 84% of the books this year, not bad! Another fun fact: 55 of the 194 books I’ve read were actually ARCs; about 28% of the total.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do.😉

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Like I said above, I gave only 32 books or 17% of the total a rating below 3 stars, which makes me really happy if you ask me. The most popular ratings have been 4, 3,5 or 3 stars and 21% of the books received one of the highest ratings. All in all a great year!

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I’m pleasantly surprised I ended up reading more Adult books than YA this year, because I had been neglecting the Adult reads a lot in 2015. I love reading YA, but that doesn’t take away I enjoy reading other books as well… I know I don’t read a lot of Middle Grade though, so that low percentage is no surprise.
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I feel so bad that the percentage of female authors is so much higher than male authors… I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author, so this number is quite a surprise. I really should focus on reading more books by male authors in 2017.

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The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. There is no surprise here are a lot of mystery/thriller and fantasy reads on this list since they are two of my favorite genres. The other well represented genres are contemporary romance and (realistic) fiction. I actually don’t really like romance in general, but apparently I have been reading a lot of books belonging to the genre anyway.

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This graphic is a huge surprise! I’ve calculated the average rating for each genre, and even though Mystery/Thriller and Fantasy are two of my favorite genres, they didn’t score that well with 3,49 and 3,36 stars respectively. Contemporary Romance didn’t have a high rating either with 3,40 stars…But that might just be because it’s not really my genre in the first place. Historical Fiction, another favorite genre, scored quite low as well with 3,53 stars average. Non Fiction/Memoir and Science Fiction/Dystopia were the best scoring genres with 3,96 and 4 stars respectively.

2016seriesstandaloneOne of my unnamed goals of 2016 has been reading more stand-alones, so I’m quite happy with this number. I have tons of unfinished series though, so I will be trying to finish more of them this year.

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Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I made a promise to myself over two years ago to read more books published before 2000, and so far I have been doing a lousy job with only roughly 6% of the total. To make things even worse, 74% of the books were published in 2014, 2015 or 2016!

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Last graphic: it seems that most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… I really need to try and read longer books as well though, since so far it’s been only 17% of the total.


Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this 2016 review… 

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