I, Witness

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Pub Date 19 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 20 Aug 2019

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'A cracking thriller and a great female protagonist.' C.J. Tudor, author of Sunday Times Bestseller The Chalk Man

'I couldn't put I,Witness down, this is a 2018 must-read' Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House


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.

An incredibly gripping thriller with a twist you'll never see coming. Fans of Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner, Strike's The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, Close to Home by Cara Hunter and The Child by Fiona Barton will love I,Witness.


What everyone is saying about this gripping debut:

'An absolutely gripping thriller founded on the horror of familial abuse and a great, flawed, female PI. There will be more Madison Attalee, I hope.' Radio 4's Dame Jenni Murray

'Cracking thriller and a great female protagonist. Swearing, smoking, rock-music loving (and not neurotic or passive!) My kind of woman.' C.J. Tudor, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man

'I was swept away by this punchy, pacy thriller with its sharp characterisation and confident plotting. I devoured it in a single day. I particularly loved Madison's fabulously chain-smoking, hyper-feminine sharpness. There were so many things done well here - the presentation of domestic abuse, dysfunctional families, the uneven dynamic of female friendships that border on bullying - so much to enjoy. So looking forward to the next one.' Helen Callaghan, author of Sunday Times bestseller Dear Amy

'Tough and uncompromising, I, Witness had me totally gripped. I'm looking forward to hearing more from PI Madison Attalee.' Alex Lake, author of Killing Kate, After Anna and Copy Cat

'I couldn't put I,Witness down. A hugely accomplished novel with a dark, sad story at its heart - the characters are so well drawn that I felt every twist along with them as Mackay expertly manipulates the reader. With a wonderful, chain-smoking and perfume-spraying private detective driving the narrative, this is a 2018 must-read.' Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House

'Totally engaging, fast-paced and edgy ... completely captivating. I, Witness kept me guessing till the very end. Pick this book up if you're after apage-turner with attitude.' Elle Croft, author of The Guilty Wife

'Cutting-edgegripping.' Sam King, author of The Choice

'Had me hooked within two pages, it has every bit as much appeal as some of the bestsellers of the last few years, like Girl on the Train.' Robert Scragg, author of What Falls Between the Cracks

'A cracking thriller and a great female protagonist.' C.J. Tudor, author of Sunday Times Bestseller The Chalk Man

'I couldn't put I,Witness down, this is a 2018 must-read' Phoebe Morgan, author of The...

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This is a fast paced book which is full of twists and turns. The murder of Naomi Andrews shocked everyone especially as her best friend, Kate Reynolds was found covered in blood, holding her body. Kate was sentenced to twelve years, but served six years, and after her release she wants to prove her innocence, despite pleading guilty. Madison Attalee was the Detective at the time and is now a private investigator. Kate turns to her to help her find out who killed Naomi. Madison agrees to take the case but not everyone in the family and close to the victim is happy about the new investigation - and some are willing to go to great lengths to make sure what happened that night stays buried in the past. This is a really good read and will have you hooked after the first few chapters. Thanks to Orion and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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I Witness was an absolutely gripping psychological thriller with some great characters and that brilliant page turning addictive quality that I love to find in a book. Kate Reynolds, convicted of brutally stabbing and killing her best friend has served her time. She believes she may be innocent, so hires Madison to see if the absolute truth can be found. But her family and others hide dark dark secrets and sometimes perhaps it’s best to leave well enough alone.. We get several viewpoints and lots of nuanced twists and turns in this one – several emotive themes run throughout and it is cleverly plotted to maximum effect. Kate is a divisive character but far from being the most divisive – we have her sister Martha, her distanced Father and her volatile brother to contend with also. Madison is not without her issues but I found it refreshing that these were realistic and had a path to resolution as well as the mystery did. Overall a really good story, nicely twisted, beautifully written. I’m pleased to see that we will be meeting Madison again. Recommended.

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Well written, original storyline with well drawn characters. The book drew me in from the start and I hurtled through it at breakneck speed. Thoughtful and compelling, this was a thriller well above the average.

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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

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I loved this one! I read it in one go and was captivated from beginning to end. The book is written with 4 different point of views and each one of them feels so realistic. I specifically really like Madison as a character, I really hope we will get to read more about her. If you like a good thriller with very well developed characters, this is the book for you!

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