The Witness by Simon Kernick
Originally published: January 14, 2016
“It was, I thought, comforting to know that the good guys in the world still outnumbered the bad ones.”
“She and DC Jeffs got to their feet and excused themselves, leaving me alone in the room and, it seemed, in the world.”
“Chris wed his childhood sweetheart, had a kid, and should have lived happily ever after. But how often does that happen in life?”
“And the guys on the ground would like to admire my exploits but can’t quite get past the thought that, one way or another, there’s something not quite right about me.”
“It’s unlikely I’m going to change anyone’s perceptions, so I don’t try.”
“I have very dark eyes that have seen far too much in this life.”
“Even after all these years I still found it hard to understand the way politicians played hard and fast with the safety and security of their own people by enacting laws that were so open to abuse, and failing to do anything about them.”
“It didn’t take me too long to work out that politeness and friendliness are viewed as signs of interest by predatory men, and a pass almost inevitably follows.”
“The worry was etched deep into his face, seemingly aging him years in the space of a day.”
“There’s always a way out of any situation, however hopeless it seems, as long as you use your head and don’t give in. And I don’t give in. Not to anything or anyone.”
“I didn’t feel any emotion as I spoke. Just a deep, deep emptiness where my emotions should have been.”
“But one of the best lessons I’ve ever learned is never to give your true feelings away.”
“‘I’m a good man,’ I told her, but though my head believed it, my heart wasn’t so sure.”
“She really was a beautiful woman and her dark eyes glittered with a fire that came close to entrancing me, and I thought then that it was a terrible pity that someone so pretty could have such a rancid heart.”
“Someone once told me that human beings only have two natural fears. Loud noises and being left alone. I’ve always been able to handle the first, but never quite mastered the second.”
“‘I had a simple choice. Stay here, and almost certainly be discovered.
Or get up and run.’
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 …”
Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 stars