The Midnight Man: A gripping new crime series (A Slayton Thriller Book 1)

Serial Killers, Occult Horror Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Smiles meant nothing, they were like the jumpers you wore for school. You put them on because you had to.

Publisher’s Summary

‘I remember the day I died quite clearly.’

Blackhall Manor has witnessed many dark crimes, long before five teenage girls break in to play the Midnight Game. 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. Except perhaps Elliott Carter, who is only seven but has seen things in his dreams most adults could never imagine.

It’s a case that will bring them together and shake Sarah to her core. Will she be ready to meet the Midnight Man?

About the author: Caroline Mitchell

New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and International #1 Bestselling Author. Shortlisted by the International Thriller Awards for the best ebook 2017, the Killer Nashville Best Police Procedural 2018, and the Audie Awards 2022. Over 1.5 million books sold.

Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives in a village outside the city of Lincoln. A former police detective, she has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offenses. She now writes full-time.

Caroline writes psychological and crime thrillers. Her stand-alone thriller Silent Victim reached No.1 in the Amazon charts in the UK, USA, and Australia and won the Reader’s Favourite Awards in the psychological thriller category. It has been described as ‘brilliantly gripping and deliciously creepy.’

The first in her Amy Winter series, Truth And Lies, has been optioned for TV.

Book review

I was looking for an engaging thriller I could easily delve into and have a great time, and The Midnight Man had excellent reviews. The book began promisingly enough with a haunted house, a gruesome crime, and a gloomy detective returning to the office. The writing was well-crafted, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first half.

However, as the story progressed, it shifted into territory that was too much for my taste. It became increasingly implausible and unrealistic. A single group of people seemed to be at the center of every shocking event, and the sheer number of coincidences felt overwhelming.

Despite my skepticism, I decided to see it through to the end. It’s difficult for me to describe the specifics without spoiling it for others, but I must admit that I was left disappointed. When it comes to a good thriller, I personally prefer to have the opportunity to make educated guesses and play detective myself. Unfortunately, this book fell short of my expectations in that regard.

The midnight man was my first introduction to Carolin Mitchell’s writing. While she enjoys considerable popularity, I may give her another chance in the future but I’m not particularly inclined to prioritize reading another of her works and will not continue the series.