I, Witness by Niki Mackay

I, Witness by Niki Mackay
I, Witness (Madison Attallee, #1) 

Niki Mackay (Goodreads Author)

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EXCERPT: There was a girl in the middle of the floor. She was the one bleeding. But that day she managed not to be the main event. Not for me anyway. Kate Reynolds was the star. Half smiling at me as I walked in, her hands gripped into the other girl’s dead flesh, the knife grazing her bare knee as she rocked back and forth. She was gibbering. Whispering.

ABOUT THIS 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 Attalee, the first officer on the scene all those years ago.

But there’s someone out there who doesn’t want Kate digging up the past. Someone who is willing to keep the truth buried at any cost.

MY THOUGHTS: I am so pleased that this is the first book of a new series. Madison Attalee is one interesting character! And this appears to be author Niki Mackay’s debut book! Definitely an author to follow if I, Witness is any indication.

‘The whispers of the past have a habit of steering through the generations no matter how much we try and bury them.’ This is a quote from I, Witness and the basis of the book. Niki Mackay has created a family of mostly mentally unstable characters and woven a compelling story of secrets, lies, deceit, manipulation and violence around them and inserts a P.I. with her own demons to try and unravel the events leading up to Kate’s arrest for the murder of her best friend.

The writing flows seamlessly and the story is told from multiple points of view, something that doesn’t always work for me but, in this case, is brilliantly executed. The dialogue is natural and flowing, the twists and turns unexpected but viable.

There’s hardly a topic that Mackay doesn’t touch on in this gripping page turner – mental illness, domestic violence, alcoholism, adultery to name a few – but she does it with great finesse and works it all neatly into a twisty tale of jaw-dropping revelations that leaves me wanting more.

4.5 shooting stars for a book I read in less than 24 hours.

Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of I, Witness by Niki Mackay for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2283382253

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

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