The Witness by Naomi Kryskle
English | 2019 | Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 665 Kb
The Witness : Jennifer Jeffries, a young Texan traveling in London, is kidnapped, becoming the victim of a violent assault. When she survives, the British detective in charge of her case needs her to testify against the serial killer who attacked her. Led by a tough ex-Special Forces sergeant with a warrior’s mindset, her witness protection team tries to support her as she prepares to appear in one of London’s Crown Courts.
This British detective suspense novel moves from a realistic depiction of the female protagonist’s PTSD to fast-paced courtroom scenes to the difficulties that traumatized individuals face as they struggle to regain personal power.
“Sir, the move from UCH was hard on her,” the WPC reported.
“I expected that,” Sinclair replied. He knocked lightly, and he and Andrews entered. “Miss Jeffries,” he began, “I’d like you to meet David Andrews. He’s a detective sergeant and will be working with me on your case.”
Sergeant Andrews opened his warrant card. He was broad, even without a uniform. Despite his friendly face, she was glad when he chose to sit in the background, letting the taller man—what was his name?—Mr. Sinclair?—take the chair next to the bed.
“Congratulations on your new address,” he said. “Are you able to answer a few preliminary questions for us?” He knew from her medical report what had happened to her; he also had a general idea of when, based on her admission to hospital. He decided to enquire only about the Who and the Where.
She saw the sergeant take out his notebook.
“We know that someone hurt you,” Sinclair said gently. “Do you know who it was?”
She shook her head.
“Can you give us a description?”
Her voice was still hoarse. “He was tall and slim. I don’t know how tall. I was on the floor, and he was standing.” A shadow crossed her face.