REVIEW | Time to Die

Series: Detective Jennifer Knight #2
 Caroline Mitchell
 adult, crime fiction, mystery, thriller, paranormal
 September 24, 2015
Publisher: Bookouture
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

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.

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Time to Die is a paranormal mystery with a great detective and a twist that completely caught me off guard!

{ 5 Things About Time to Die }

Detective Jennifer Knight is not the boss.
I just think that in all the crime fictions I've read, the main character is the boss, the guv. It makes sense. It's so that they;re in control. But here, Detective Knight simply does her work. She's not the boss but she does what she thinks is right. She's stubborn, headstrong.

There are paranormal elements. 
It's both a plus and a minus for me. I like it because it makes Detective Jennifer Knight series unique. Different from the usual crime fiction. BUT it's also not that good for me because it felt that many of the things Detective Knights comes up with basically comes from her premonitions, voices in her head, and visions. It doesn't convince me. I usually want my crime fiction with detectives searching for evidences and doing interviews.

There's a fortuneteller!
Oh believe me, this aspect is possibly the most interesting of all. It made me pick this up. This is part of the paranormal element of the novel though. He uses tarot cards to predict the past, preset, and future of a person. And every time he tells a fortune, he predicts their death and he himself sees to it that his predictions happen.
The fortuneteller POV also gives me the Angela Marsons vibe.I like how Mitchell gives the minds of the culprit - why he does what he does, his past, and why he wants the main character. It really gives a bit of psychological aspect to the story.

It's not much of a thrill (for me). 
This could just be me but the thrill was just not there for me. I plainly read on. Not expecting anything. Not looking forward to anything. It didn't give me those heart-stopping and gripping moments.

oohh a twist! 
Yup, didn't see that coming. And when I thought that all was said and done, Mitchell pulls a twist that caught me off guard. There was quite some thrill here. Crazy unexpected twists makes my day :)

OVERALL, Time to Die is a good crime fiction read. It stands out in its genre because of its paranormal aspect. It isn't very thrilling (for me) but it pulls out a very great twist in the end!

~I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~

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{ how about you }
How do you feel about crime fiction incorporating some paranormal aspect (like getting visions, talking to ghosts, etc)?

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