Book Review: The Witness (Olivia Sinclair #2) by Terry Lynn Thomas

“He saw what you did…”

Set to be released on 23rd April, The Witness by Terry Lynn Thomas is the second book in the Olivia Sinclair series that sees attorney Olivia help family friend Ebby who, thirty years ago, witnessed the murder of his mother, but awoke with no memory of what happened the night before. Now, the case has gone cold, but Ebby has started having uncontrollable flashbacks to that night. As repressed memories surface, he questions his own role in the murder, leading to a dramatic confession and Ebby’s arrest. Olivia is convinced of Ebby’s innocence, but the only way to clear his name is to find the real killer herself. And it seems almost everyone connected to the Engstrom family had a reason to want Cynthia dead…

Rating:

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After the release of The Betrayal last year, I’ve been looking forward to meeting up with Olivia Sinclair again ever since so I made sure to fit this second instalment in as soon as I could.

Just like the first book, The Witness is crammed with intelligent legal procedural and follows an interesting case that is tightly plotted and quick-paced, which you’re sure to enjoy at only 257 pages long.

I was hoping that this second book would go on to see Olivia joining the Truth Project so I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go in that direction. However, it’s a clever move by Thomas to introduce a character from Olivia’s past to keep the story personal. This keeps her emotions high, her dedication at the forefront, and her commitment ruthless.

It may not be a gripping or shocking thriller, but Thomas is an immensely clever writer and there are certainly some interesting twists to keep your interest running high. Mostly, it’s because of the relationship that I made with Olivia in the first book that I enjoyed this one so much. She’s a brilliant character and I would definitely recommend that you head back to The Betrayal if you missed out on it before, and then come back to this if you find yourself drawn in just like I did.

If you haven’t read the first book, then you may not be as invested in the story as I think it does rely on your support of the lead character, but Thomas is a great writer and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Olivia and Brian get up to next.

Details:

The Witness by Terry Lynn Thomas
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
Print Length: 257 pages
Genre: Legal Thriller
Publisher: HQ

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