The latest standalone novel from Caroline Mitchell, Silent Victim is bloody brilliant. You NEED to read it! I am kicking of the blog tour today and I’m joined by the author herself to shine the spotlight on her life away from writing.
Years Ago – what was your childhood like?
The principal of my secondary school in Ireland was such a nice man, but he definitely had the measure of me! More than once my report card cited that ‘daydreamer’ was my middle name. Thanks to the power of Facebook, we recently got back in touch. He was so pleased to hear that my daydreaming paid off and I was thrilled to send him a copy of one of my latest books.
I’m not shy, but I am an introvert and often preferred my own company in school. I was a champion for the downtrodden though, and constantly stood up to bullies and befriended people that needed that extra little bit of support.
Are you married?
Yes, I’m very happily married to Neil, who has been hugely supportive of my work. He’s never been afraid to dream big, which really helped in those early days when I began submitting my work.
Yes, I’m very blessed to have four great kids. When I was working long hours in the police I hardly ever got to see them. It’s such a luxury to be working from home.
What did you do before you became a writer?
I worked as a Detective Constable in Essex Police for nine years before I gave up my job to write full time. I had many roles but the most recent involved safeguarding high risk victims of domestic abuse. I was also a SOTO, which involved dealing with victims of rape and I was trained in interviewing vulnerable victims of crime. Very rewarding work but being in the police is not a 9-5 role.
What other job do you have now?
I write full time.
I’m trying to learn Spanish at the moment but nothing is going in! I love horse riding, and I’m also a huge fan of Marvel movies and Netflix.
Other than writing, what else you love?
I love animals. I used to breed Cockapoos but found it very hard to let the puppies go! I’m a huge fan of movies and anything starring Tom Hardy (who isn’t?)
What plans do you have for your writing?
I’m hugely excited about my new thriller series featuring DI Amy Winter. It’s set in Notting Hill, London, which is a change to the usual seedy locations where I base my crime books. Amy is a fascinating character but let’s just say her background is an unenviable one. I’m looking forward to sharing more.
Just to carry on what I’m doing. I feel hugely grateful to be able to write for a living and as long as readers want to read my books, I’ll keep writing them.
No change there, just enjoying the luxury of seeing them so much these days.
I had lots of things on my bucket list when I started writing and I’m thrilled that lots of them have been ticked off. Getting to number 1 in the Amazon charts in the UK, US, and Australia was top of that list and I’m thrilled that Silent Victim was the book to make it. My next big wish is to have my work optioned for screen. I have everything crossed it will happen one day. On a personal note, I’d love to travel more.
Thank you so much for joining me, Caroline, I am a total Marvel addict too!
Now, the book …
Thomas & Mercer (1 Mar. 2018)
Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.
Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.
It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…
Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.
Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.
My thoughts …
When I talk about chilling psychological thrillers, Silent Victim will be on my list of the greatest there is.
Mitchell is one of the most talented writers I know and Silent Victim is bloody brilliant.
I’ve been lucky enough to read several of her books over the years and they just get better and better.
Emma’s now perfect life is about to fall apart as secrets from her past come back to haunt her, and she does her best to hide the truth from her family.
As the blurb tells us, there is a shallow on the property Emma is about to sell. A body that Emma put in a shallow grave many years ago. Given no choice but to move it before the house sells, Emma goes to do the deed, only to find the grave is empty.
The emotional turmoil this creates in Emma is heartbreaking. Feelings she had long since buried come to the surface and this is the beginning of the downfall.
Unsure what to do, she starts on a downward spiral which is hard for everyone around her to watch.
Mitchell’s writing is amazing. She brings this character to life so well that it was impossible not to get inside her head and feel exactly what she was feeling. What a skill!
Silent Victim is gritty, nervy, edgy, and bloody scary in parts!
You can get your copy now over at Amazon:
About the author …
A former police detective, Caroline Mitchell now writes full time. She has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes is a constant source of inspiration to her, and Mitchell combines their tenacity with her knowledge of police procedure to create tense psychological thrillers.
Originally from Ireland, she now lives in a pretty village on the coast of Essex with her husband and three children. You can find out more about her at http://www.caroline-writes.com, or follow her on Twitter (@caroline_writes) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/).