I, Witness by Niki Mackay
They say I’m a murderer.
Six years ago, Kate Reynolds was found holding the body of her best friend; covered in blood, and clutching the knife that killed her.
I plead guilty.
Kate has been in prison ever since, but now her sentence is up. She is being released.
But the truth is, I didn’t do it.
There’s only one person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago.
But uncovering the truth means catching a killer.
‘I was almost born for suicide. All the signs were there after all. Someone like me: fragile, breakable, a victim’
The novel opens with a dark scene. Straight away, I felt the author had set the bar exceptionally high.
The novel follows Kate Reynolds and her personal quest for justice. Kate has recently been released from prison for the teenage murder of her best friend. A crime she now believes she did not commit. But how Kate can prove this, remains to be unseen.
Kate’s history is fully explored, and we learn that the murder was brutal and savage. After pleading guilty and being convicted of murder, her father severed all ties with her. She has only received occasional postal contact with her brother. Her mother died when she was young. Her sister resides in a mental health facility.
Kate is alone with no one on her side.
Private investigator and ex-cop Madison Attallee is in her office with PA Emma one day. When in walks a blast from the past, it is Kate with the bold claim
‘I think I’m innocent’. . .
What makes this novel so intense is that Madison was the first officer on that murder scene all those years ago. She found Kate standing over the body of her best friend Naomi Andrews.
The novel explores the hectic lifestyle of unsupervised teens. The party that got out of control. The alcohol and drugs taken and the subsequent murder. But it also explores Kate’s situation upon release. She is briefly reunited with her brother Marcus and is introduced to his wife Claudia and young daughter Bethany.
But why would you allow a convicted killer so close, to your young child?
Kate’s relationships with her various family members adds some intense twists into the narrative. She is desperate for some information regarding her sister Martha; and the psychiatric ward she now lives in.
She practically begs Madison to help her. But can Madison help? Does she want to?
There are various spin-off themes within this novel. The characterisation is brilliantly crafted. It is one hell of an intense psychological thriller.
It kept me awake until 1am! 4.5*
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