I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from the publisher, Bookouture, through NetGalley.
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Publication Date: Sept 24, 2015
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.
An intriguing blend of mystery/thriller with the paranormal/supernatural, Time to Die follows Dc Jennifer Knight in her hunt for the killer called ‘The Raven’.
Dc Jennifer Knight has just joined the elite unit called Operation Moonlight , set up within the Haven CID department. This unit has been created to investigate strange deaths in Haven. Dc Jennifer Knight who is gifted is the perfect addition to this team and prettys soon she is investigating a group of deaths all seemingly linked to The Raven, who with his tarot cards had predicted the victims deaths with uncanny accuracy.
With the hunt for the killer underway, he soon turns his sight to DC Jennifer..
I really liked the dark, mysterious atmosphere the writer sucessfully created within this book. I thought the blending of the supernatural elements with the mystery and police procedural was well done,which elevated the story from common and generic to unique.
I liked the use of the ravens, which apart from being the killer’s moniker , were also used in a way which contibuted to the Poe-like atmosphere. Ravens are after all often seen as harbingers of doom and are not birds anyone wants to see swarming outside their windows!
DC Jennifer was a solid character humanised through her OCD , and made interesting through the possession of her ‘gift’,and her interactions with her co-workers. She quickly makes the connectios between the strange deaths and The Raven but things are not as clear cut as they seemed and pretty soon she ends up on The Raven’s radar!
My favourite character was The Raven! He is a very complex character with an affinity for Ravens, and I liked peeking into his mind and being privy to his thoughts and desires .
We get to unfold over time what events have molded him into the killer he is, and I often found myself empathising with him. Dark outside forces grant him the ability to see his victims’ past, present and future and boy oh boy, does he take pleasure in telling them their futures! He is not above giving a helping hand to make certain that said future comes to past. I would certainly not want to be a recipient of his fortune telling!
What can I say? I loved his creepy character!
The plot moved along at a steady pace and there were a lot of plot twists which kept me guessing and engaged. Even though I was able to guess the final reveal, it did not impact my enjoyment. Not having read a thriller in a while, this was a great re-introduction to the genre.
All in all, an engrossing read and I won’t be look at another Raven without thinking of this book!
I recommend this for everyone who likes mystery/thriller. I would urge you to put this one on your October TBR, perfect for Halloween!
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