Published on 24th September 2015 by Bookouture
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.
Time to Die is an absolutely gripping serial killer thriller with a breath-taking supernatural twist.
My review of book one in the series: Don’t Turn Around
At last, the eagerly anticipated follow up to ‘Don’t Turn Around’ has arrived. Jennifer Knight is back. This time, we have a serial killer story from the pen of Caroline Mitchell.
We return to Haven. Jennifer is now working, as part of Operation Moonlight. This is a police team that takes on cases with a supernatural element. Jennifer has a chance to use her psychic abilities to fight crime. Soon she is on the trail of the Raven, a damaged man who can predict the future with tarot cards. The Raven is a killer. Unfortunately the Raven seems to be taking a special interest in Jennifer.
There is something incredibly eerie and unnatural about ravens. Ravens have associations with death in popular culture. Caroline Mitchell uses raven imagery beautifully, to create a tense atmosphere, just like Alfred Hitchcock. I found myself looking out of the window, more aware of the birds.
For anyone new to this series, you get contemporary British crime, with the realism of policing. This is supernatural crime, so it is a little bit different. Think X-Files or the BBC Series ‘Sea of Souls’ as a starting point. You get to know Jennifer and her complicated family background. Jennifer is a lone wolf with OCD tendencies, who puts herself in danger. She is strong and knows her own mind. I’m a big fan of strong decisive women in crime fiction. She is slowly falling into a relationship, with rather sweet fellow officer Will.
Our villain of the piece is Bert, the Raven. We follow his progress and his crimes, see his past and get insight into his motivations. He is a complex man, with a strange troubled way of viewing the world. I warmed to him and his evil ways. I was willing Jennifer to catch him and enjoyed the anticipation of this.
Caroline Mitchell writes a highly captivating story, which weaves its magic over the reader. She is definitely a name to watch out for. This is a series that everyone will be raving about. I look forward to further spooky goings-on in Haven and more adventures with Jennifer.
My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy!