A massive thank you to Gollancz for sending me a e-copy of Witness X by SE Moorhead and for letting me be a part of the blog tour.
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
From one of the most original new voices in fiction comes a startling vision of a world where hero Kyra must fight the past to save our future. She’s the only one who can access the truth…
Fourteen years ago, the police caged a notorious serial killer who abducted and butchered two victims every February. He was safe behind bars. Wasn’t he?
But then another body is discovered, and soon enough, the race is on to catch the real killer. Neuropsychologist Kyra Sullivan fights to use a new technology that accesses the minds of the witnesses, working with the police to uncover the truth. Will Kyra discover the person behind the murders, and if so, at what cost? And how far will she go to ensure justice is served?
Just from reading the blurb of this book I was intrigued, I needed an ‘on the edge of your seat’ book and this sounded perfect for it. I didn’t really know what to expect as I do not think this author has any other books, so I was going into this with a fresh mind and nothing to compare to. It definately met my need for being on the edge of my seat, at one point I was biting my nail (which I never do) because the chapter I was reading was so thrilling and I had completely shut out the outside world. I was hooked on this book from start to finish.
I liked how the story was obvious in the fact you knew it couldn’t be the person they had caught and thrown in jail fourteen years earlier, but at the same time the mystery behind who the killer actually was, was so intense. At a couple of points I had an idea on who it could be, which was clevely done to make me think I knew, then something would happen that would clear that person off my list. I liked Kyra as a character and I liked how it showed her obsession with finding out who killed her sister fourteen years ago, led her to discovering clues, all while everyone else just thought she was going crazy and trying to find things that weren’t there. This could have also been because she’s a woman and people do tend to automatically assume the ‘crazy, obsessed’ route, instead of listening and making a proper judgement, but this wasn’t touched on in the book (that’s just my personal ramblings).
I would definately recommend this to other people, especially if you’re someone who loves crime, thrillers, or even better – both. I noticed that a friend of mine has already added this to her ‘Want to Read’ on Goodreads so I’m very happy with that.
Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog tour (full dates from Monday 3rd February to Sunday 9th February.