I am delighted to be closing the #blogtour for I, Witness by Niki Mackay and would like to thank Orion and all the other amazing bloggers involved.
Firstly, let me tell you about the book and my review:
About the Book: 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.
My Review: I adored this book from the minute I started reading it. For some unknown and inexplicable reason I am particularly drawn to emotionally damaged female characters with a dry sense of humour and a self-depreciating narrative and Madison Attalee certainly ticks those boxes. An ex police officer who left the force before she was sacked and now runs a small private detective agency with a limited client base and dwindling funds.
This story is told through alternating characters and personally I found each chapter absolutely gripping. With 4 main characters narrating the story we also meet Kate Reynolds, the young woman released from prison after serving 6 years for the murder of her best friend and now determined to seek the truth and find out who did kill Naomi employs Madison Attalee to help her. Claudia Reynolds, the sister in law of Kate also narrates her story and Anthea Andrews, the mother of the murder victim tells us her version of events.
If you enjoy your books with dysfunctional families, clever twists, fast paced and gripping chapters, fascinating characters and an original and brilliant female Private Investigator – then pick up this book next.
As part of the #blogtour I asked Niki to take part in my “A QUICKIE WITH …” feature and here’s what she had to say:
Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?
‘Kate Reynolds knows she’s innocent, so why did she plead guilty’
‘I, Witness’ is a fast-paced thriller with attitude. Told from the point of view of the four women involved in the case it explores motherhood, freedom, and family dynamics. It’s the first in a series featuring PI Madison Attallee. If you like boulshy, messed up women she’s probably a good bet for you.
If someone was to write your life story what would the title be?
The girl with the ink-stained fingers (true as I type).
What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?
None so far!
If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?
Lynda La Plante
Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).
Yeah, I’m incapable of hiding my emotions so everyone probably knows everything.
Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas – It’s powerful, moving, funny, and inspiring. This will be a classic for years to come I reckon.
Anatomy of a Scandal – Sarah Vaughan – Really timely and beautifully written. I thought this book explored important issues with a great deal of sensitivity.
Skin deep – Liz Nugent – This dark book is totally messed up in a really good, insightful way. A hugely compelling study of psychopathy, I read it in one go.