When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she suddenly finds herself in danger. Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.
DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place. But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on?
In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer. But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding.
And now he’s coming for her…”
The latest book that I’ve just finished reading is the ost recent offering from crime writer Simon Kernick, titled “The Witness”.
As usual with Kernick’s books things play out at quite a pace, with the whole tale only covering a couple of days – plus various flashbacks from a couple of the characters involved.
Rather than being told from a single perspective this book contains narrative from several different characters which results in the reader not being quite sure what’s going on and what is true or false until things come together at the novel’s climactic ending.
Those characters are really well described, and I certainly felt invested in the fates of some of them – even if they weren’t necessarily good people through and through!
Kernick uses the terrorism angle of the plot to discuss the relative weakness of our law enforcement agencies in the face of uncooperative terror suspects, mentioning staffing shortages as well as the red tape and human rights issues that can potentially stop the police etc. being able to obtain the information they need to thwart terror attacks such as we see so regularly in the news these days.
I’m not entirely sure where I sit on that particular debate but it definitely adds realism and topicality to this book which, I have to say, is up there with the best of the author’s work to date.