Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell | Book Review

Title - Time to Die
Author - Caroline Mitchell
Publication Date - September 24th 2015
Publisher - Bookouture
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via NetGalley)
Pages - 298

Don't ever cross his palm with silver.
He will reveal your most shameful secrets.
He will predict your death.
He is hiding a secret.
He is hiding a monster.
And all his predictions come true.

Investigating a series of chilling murders, Detective Jennifer Knight finds herself tracking a mysterious tarot card reader known only as The Raven

As the death toll rises, Jennifer and her team build a picture of a serial killer on the edge of sanity, driven by dark forces. But these are not random killings. And the method behind the madness could be the most terrifying thing of all...

Especially when it seems the death of one of their own is on the cards.

Time to Die is the second novel in the Detective Jennifer Knight series by Caroline Mitchell. What I find utterly addictive and most enjoyable about this author's work is the compelling fusion of a heart-pounding thriller and the darkest aspects of a supernatural novel. Caroline is the only author I've read who blends these two genres so seamlessly and so powerfully together, and since reading her debut novel with Bookouture, Don't Turn Around, I've been itching to get my hands on her second novel, rather like the chilling character within Time to Die, The Raven. 

Being back beside Detective Jennifer Knight as she unravelled another torturous case brought a strange sort of relief with it, I have to admit. I felt as if I'd spent far too much time away from this character and I couldn't wait to see what Caroline had in store for me and Jennifer the second time round. The author promises and delivers plenty of grit for her readers to sink their teeth into, whether that be action-packed drama or edgy and dark crime. Either way, whichever direction Caroline takes her readers in, it's sure to satisfy a thrill-reader's appetite. Memories of reading Don't Turn Around had me eager to feel those emotions that the author drew from me with her debut. Pulse rocketing, nails digging into my Kindle case, imagination running wild and skin prickling. Thankfully, it didn't take long at all for those familiar emotions to rise back up to the surface. Once reading, I became completely engrossed within the happenings as Time to Die began to unravel. I was thrilled to see that not only had Caroline Mitchell upped the eeriness and the creepiness, but this time, there was a real sense of dread that dripped from word to word, leaving me largely unsettled.

Jennifer Knight picks up the case of a tarot card reader. A tarot card reader who, bizarrely, can predict the deaths of those he chooses to read. Known as 'The Raven', I found this character to be a real mystery, and throughout the novel, as Caroline took me back in time to the beginning of this character's life, the pieces of the puzzle began to slot into place. Tit-bits from the past coupled with events that couldn't be changed added so much depth and darkness to this novel. A sense of unease followed me right the way through from beginning to end, so much so that I was tempted to glance over my shoulder at times, just to be on the safe side. The author's descriptions allowed me a clear and vivid image in my mind of the characters and their surroundings, only making them feel all the more real, and the particular focus on the grim and the unnerving struck me as incredibly atmospheric. As I delved further and further into the darkness, I became so tightly wrapped up I hardly dared to look away. 

Another aspect which I thoroughly enjoyed within Time to Die was that this time round Caroline shone the spotlight on Detective Jennifer Knight more brightly, allowing the reader a closer and more personal look at the character. We're given an intriguing insight into Jennifer's past and childhood, and are even witness to a developing relationship within the plot as she begins to move forward with her life. I adored this and ultimately felt so much closer to Jennifer as a character, admiring her strength and determination also. She's a force of nature, a woman to be reckoned with, and as events take place that jeopardise Jennifer's nearest and dearest, we see just how strong she can be and just how far she will go to protect those that she loves.

The combining of supernatural with crime thriller is such a winner with me. Caroline effortlessly pulls it off again and again, ensuring that, while gripping the reader, she's getting beneath their skin too. I've always been fascinated by the supernatural and find that Caroline Mitchell's books satisfy that curiosity completely. It's raw, it's shocking, it's taking that step over the boundaries and bringing the unusual forward to create one hell of a ferocious storyline that sucks you in instantly.

Becca's Books is awarding Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell with FIVE BRILLIANT CUPCAKES! All-consuming and intriguingly cryptic, this was a dark and delicious puzzle to be solved alongside the winning Detective Jennifer Knight. The ending, like last time, left me desperate for more, and I'll be awaiting the third instalment in the Jennifer Knight series with baited breath.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. Five years ago Caroline and her family encountered real life paranormal activity in their home. Paranormal Intruder is her best selling true story.
Caroline's new novel, Don't Turn Around has recently been published by Bookouture in a three book deal as part of her DC Jennifer Knight series. These edge of your seat crime thrillers are infused by Caroline's experience in both the police and the paranormal.

You can find Caroline Mitchell on Facebook | Twitter | caroline-writes.com
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1 comment :

  1. Wow, what a fantastic, eloquently written review. Thank you so much for making my day, I'm thrilled you enjoyed the journey with DC Knight :-)