Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Time to Die by Caroline Mitchell

Time to Die
By Caroline Mitchell
Published by Bookouture (24 September 2015)
ISBN: 978-1910751428

Publisher's description
He will predict your life… and your death.

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.

My verdict
Time to Die is even better than Caroline Mitchell's first novel. You could read it as a standalone, but you will probably enjoy it more if you read Don't Turn Around first.

A tarot card reader calling himself 'The Raven' is correctly predicting people's deaths, and the body count is rising. But are these deaths driven by supernatural forces or is an evil serial killer on the loose? DC Jennifer Knight investigates as The Raven closes in and the victim choices become more personal.

In Time to Die, it was a pleasure to return to familiar characters - Jennifer and her police partner Will. They're well-developed, likeable and believable, which makes the book so easy to read.  There's also a love interest, which provides some humour and a softer side to Jennifer's character, but I won't give away any spoilers here. The Raven is suitably creepy.

I love the supernatural angle. Jennifer has psychic abilities herself and soon develops a link with The Raven. This becomes a gripping cat and mouse game that's full of surprises. What could be a standard crime novel turns into something quite dark. Caroline Mitchell is certainly knowledgeable about police procedures, but also has first-hand experience of the paranormal too (see her book Paranormal Intruder).

The descriptions tackle all of your senses. It's just as well I don't get nightmares as this certainly keeps your heart racing. I would say it's perfect bedtime reading, but maybe not for the faint-hearted (read it with the lights on)!

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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