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Witness by Cath Staincliffe
  

Witness

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One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.

Her book on euthanasia, The Kindest Thing, was terrific. This one is on gang culture and how a community deals with murder witnessed by four unconnected people (almost). It is unputdownable, light to read but weighty in subject matter. I think she is very good.

If you like Cath Staincliffe you might also like to read books by Linda La Plante, Morag Joss and Tess Gerristsen.

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Witness by Cath Staincliffe

Four bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. Witnesses to the shocking shooting of a teenage boy. A moment that changes their lives forever. Fiona, a midwife, is plagued by panic attacks and unable to work. Has she the strength to testify? Mike, a delivery driver and family man, faces an impossible decision when his frightened wife forces him to choose - us or the court case. Cheryl, a single-mother, doesn't want her child to grow up in the same climate of fear. Dare she speak out and risk her own life? Zak, a homeless man, offers to talk in exchange for witness protection and the chance of a new start. Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Will the witnesses stand firm or be prevented from giving evidence? How will they cope with the emotional trauma of reliving the murder under pitiless cross-examination?

Reviews

Praise for Cath Staincliffe's The Kindest Thing:

'A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress ...A stunning piece of work.' Anne Cleeves

'Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review

'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times

'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that.' Val McDermid

About the Author

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath’s own experience. Her latest book, The Kindest Thing, is a love story turned nightmare when a woman helps her husband die and is tried for murder. Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children.

Author photo © Paul Herrmann

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Book Info

Publication date

21st July 2011

Author

Cath Staincliffe

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Publisher

Robinson Publishing an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Family Drama
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781849013444

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