Delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Michelle Davies’ ‘False Witness’. Apologies for the delay, Storm Ali has been mucking about with my power. Thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:
7.15am: Two children are seen on top of a wall in a school.
Shortly later one of them lies fatally injured at the bottom.
Did the boy fall or was he pushed?
As a family liaison offer, DC Maggie Neville has seen parents crumble under the weight of their
child’s death. Imogen Tyler is no different. Her son’s fall was witnessed by the school caretaker,
a pupil is under suspicion, and Imogen is paralysed by grief and questions.
For Maggie, finding the truth is paramount if she is to help the mother. But as she investigates,
further doubts emerge and the truth suddenly seems far from certain. Could the witness be
mistaken about what happened, and if he is, then who is responsible? And how far will they go to
cover up the boy’s death?
What does TWG think?
‘False Witness’ may be the third book in the series (a series which I am yet to catch up with), but I had no problem with reading this book as a standalone.
Have you ever been in a position where you have thought, ‘ahhhhh, one little lie won’t hurt?’ To be honest with you, I’d be more surprised if anyone says no to that question! But what if it was your child that was at the end of the ‘did they lie?’ question? Would you think that one little lie wouldn’t hurt then, or would you stick by your child no matter what? Or, what if other people are lying, yet choose to point fingers at the weakest link in the situation, the child who watched the devastation unfold?
I know, I know – so many questions. I was like a deer caught in the headlights until about half way through this book as all of the questions I asked above, went through my head multiple times. I didn’t know where to turn. I didn’t know who to believe. All I knew was that Maggie Neville was at the core of the investigation, holding the key to unlock the truth about the unfortunate death of a young child.
The theme of this book is incredibly hard-hitting, and it doesn’t make for easy reading at all. However, Michelle Davies kept the theme dignified without making it come across as insensitive free for all. I was rather impressed by the way in which the author wrote the situation as it must have taken a lot of careful research to not only do the subject justice, but to also keep it as realistic as possible.
Even though I had faith in Maggie Neville despite not knowing her previously, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit uncertain regarding her priorities which left me a little bit nervous.
‘False Witness’ is definitely a book which will keep you in suspense, whilst also making you feel as though your mind is in a constant state of fast forward. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!
About the author.
Michelle Davies was born in Middlesex in 1972, raised in Buckinghamshire and now lives in
Her debut crime novel, Gone Astray, was published in Hardback in March 2016 and features
Family Liaison Officer DC Maggie Neville as its central police character. The paperback version
is due for publication on 20th October 2016. Gone Astray was part of a two-book deal with Pan
Macmillan and the follow-up, Wrong Place, also featuring DC Neville, is due for release on 27th
When she’s not turning her hand to crime, Michelle writes as a freelance journalist for women’s
magazines including Marie Claire, Essentials, YOU and Stylist. Her last staff job before going
freelance was as Editor-at-Large at Grazia and she was previously Features Editor at heat. She
began her career straight from school at 18, working as a trainee reporter on her home-town
newspaper, the Bucks Free Press.