From number one bestselling author Caroline Mitchell, comes the first chilling Slayton thriller for fans of C. J. Tudor and Stephen King.
If you open your door to the Midnight Man, hide with a candle wherever you can. Try not to scream as he draws near, because one of you won't be leaving here...
On Halloween night in Slayton, five girls go to Blackhall Manor to play the Midnight Game. They write their names on a piece of paper and prick their fingers to soak it in blood. At exactly midnight they knock on the door twenty-two times - they have invited the Midnight Man in.
It was supposed to be a game, but only four girls come home.
Detective Sarah Noble has just returned to the force, and no one knows more about Blackhall Manor than her. It's a case that will take Sarah back to everything she's been running from, and shake her to the core.
Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man?
(Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher, Embla Books, through NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell is one of the best mystery thrillers I've read in terms of keeping me guessing. I had so many theories on where this story would go, but they were all proven wrong. Mitchell threw one curveball after another, timing them just right for the greatest impact. The revelation at the end—the one that solved the primary mystery—kind of felt like it came out of left field, but it didn't dampen my enjoyment enough to deduct a star. Now that I know how everything plays out, I'd enjoy rereading this novel just to see if there were any clues I missed. I also really liked Sarah's empowering development and wouldn't mind revisiting her. I loved how Mitchell blended in some supernatural elements, too, as it made the story even more exciting and chilling.
The sordid history of Blackhall Manor added its own fascinating, shadowy aspect to the story. In a way, the manor felt like a character of its own, an antagonist that loomed ever-present in the background and swallowed me whole when the focus shifted to it. The one thing about this book that was mildly off-putting was how many new characters were rapidly introduced in the first few chapters. They were convincing, but I wanted to get more grounded in the story before the point of view changed from character to character. However, once I found my footing, the multiple perspectives helped build suspense and deepened my curiosity. I recommend The Midnight Man by Caroline Mitchell to anyone who's looking for an unpredictable thriller.
Trigger Warning: This is
an adult work that contains murder, violence, abduction, brief mentions of child porn and child abuse, and themes of sexual abuse, PTSD, and trauma.