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If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention… Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After losing her job she moves to a small town in Connecticut—only to get caught up in the web of a deranged serial killer. Cary has a dark secret that drives everything she does: a deep-seated, lifelong fear that one day she will be murdered. A If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention… Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After losing her job she moves to a small town in Connecticut—only to get caught up in the web of a deranged serial killer. Cary has a dark secret that drives everything she does: a deep-seated, lifelong fear that one day she will be murdered. As the madman Cary stumbled upon continues to terrorize the beautiful countryside where she now resides, will her premonition come true? “Premonition…a psycho-thriller roller coaster ride that probes the dark corners of one woman’s seemingly overwhelming paranoia…or is it? From a crime and justice expert, Premonition nails every detail of the criminal mind, the hunter and the hunted. Premonition is full of twists and surprises…I love it! Bravo!” —Nancy Grace, Founder, CrimeOnline.com, Host of CrimeStories on Fox Nation, Sirius XM, and NYT Bestselling Author “My friend and colleague at Court TV, Wendy Whitman, has created a compelling psychological thriller filled with shocking twists that captivate the reader to the very end—and wanting more.  Whitman takes daring literary risks with a complex character, Cary Mackin, and her haunting premonition that she will one day be murdered. Driven by her foreboding fear, Mackin deploys extraordinary investigative and forensic skills to track down the man she sees as the killer…before he strikes again—at her! Whitman weaves plot, personality, and prose in a high-octane suspense that will give you paper cuts as you quickly turn the pages. Premonition offers a gripping storyline…and a chilling chase to an ending that you never expected.” —Gregg Jarrett, Network Legal Analyst and Bestselling Author “Whitman’s debut novel is sure to be a great read for true crime fans. If there is anyone best suited to write a book about the reality of evil in this crazy world we live in, it’s Whitman. Her book is unique because although fiction, it so mirrors reality that each page hits home more and more. Having been in the criminal law arena for fifty-five years and having dealt with two notorious serial killer cases, Whitman’s novel captures all aspects of the utter insanity of the criminal mind. In this world of Covid, we all need some respite and a great book is just what the doctor ordered.” —Gerald P. Boyle, Attorney, Represented Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer “Chilling and original, Premonition is a brilliant debut thriller from Wendy Whitman, an insider whose deep knowledge of crime and the law has created a platform for suspenseful storytelling. Taut and fast-paced, Whitman’s tale, and her unique central character, combine to create a riveting plot that drives the story to its stunning conclusion.” —Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award–Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author of Chariot on the Mountain “All of those cases on Court TV certainly permeated the mind of producer Wendy Whitman. Her book is a truly breathless thriller through every twist and turn. A stellar debut novel with a terrific female heroine!” —Rikki Klieman, Attorney and CBS News Legal Analyst “A unique psychological thriller that weaves true crime into a plot that keeps the reader captivated from the very first page. A bold, heartfelt debut novel from an author who has created one of the most complex and provocative heroines in recent memory. A perfect read sure to keep you up at night.” —Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV Host and Bestselling Author of Quiet Hero  “The decades of Wendy Whitman’s focus and dedication to the crime and justice genre shine through each page, as she spins the yarn in this gripping crime tale. Speaking from experience that has imbued her with personal knowledge of the inner workings of hundreds of criminal minds, she is an authoritative voice in telling crime stories…because she has lived through reporting some of the most disturbing ones in American history. Brava, Wendy!” —Ashleigh Banfield, Court TV Special Contributor and Host of Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield “Wendy Whitman’s debut novel is more than a crime story. Readers will identify with some of her protagonist’s obsessions including food choices (‘borderline vegan’) and her love for animals. Peppered throughout the book are safety tips drawn from actual cases Whitman learned from years covering criminal trials at Court TV where she rose from a producer to a programming executive. There’s something for everyone in Premonition.” —Beth Karas, Former Prosecutor and Host of Oxygen’s Snapped: Notorious “Gripping, suspenseful, and thoughtful, Premonition gives a behind the scenes look at the dangers that surround us as we go about our daily lives. If you’re looking for a crime thriller to get lost in, this is it.” —Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist, TV Personality, and Author


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If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention… Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After losing her job she moves to a small town in Connecticut—only to get caught up in the web of a deranged serial killer. Cary has a dark secret that drives everything she does: a deep-seated, lifelong fear that one day she will be murdered. A If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention… Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After losing her job she moves to a small town in Connecticut—only to get caught up in the web of a deranged serial killer. Cary has a dark secret that drives everything she does: a deep-seated, lifelong fear that one day she will be murdered. As the madman Cary stumbled upon continues to terrorize the beautiful countryside where she now resides, will her premonition come true? “Premonition…a psycho-thriller roller coaster ride that probes the dark corners of one woman’s seemingly overwhelming paranoia…or is it? From a crime and justice expert, Premonition nails every detail of the criminal mind, the hunter and the hunted. Premonition is full of twists and surprises…I love it! Bravo!” —Nancy Grace, Founder, CrimeOnline.com, Host of CrimeStories on Fox Nation, Sirius XM, and NYT Bestselling Author “My friend and colleague at Court TV, Wendy Whitman, has created a compelling psychological thriller filled with shocking twists that captivate the reader to the very end—and wanting more.  Whitman takes daring literary risks with a complex character, Cary Mackin, and her haunting premonition that she will one day be murdered. Driven by her foreboding fear, Mackin deploys extraordinary investigative and forensic skills to track down the man she sees as the killer…before he strikes again—at her! Whitman weaves plot, personality, and prose in a high-octane suspense that will give you paper cuts as you quickly turn the pages. Premonition offers a gripping storyline…and a chilling chase to an ending that you never expected.” —Gregg Jarrett, Network Legal Analyst and Bestselling Author “Whitman’s debut novel is sure to be a great read for true crime fans. If there is anyone best suited to write a book about the reality of evil in this crazy world we live in, it’s Whitman. Her book is unique because although fiction, it so mirrors reality that each page hits home more and more. Having been in the criminal law arena for fifty-five years and having dealt with two notorious serial killer cases, Whitman’s novel captures all aspects of the utter insanity of the criminal mind. In this world of Covid, we all need some respite and a great book is just what the doctor ordered.” —Gerald P. Boyle, Attorney, Represented Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer “Chilling and original, Premonition is a brilliant debut thriller from Wendy Whitman, an insider whose deep knowledge of crime and the law has created a platform for suspenseful storytelling. Taut and fast-paced, Whitman’s tale, and her unique central character, combine to create a riveting plot that drives the story to its stunning conclusion.” —Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award–Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author of Chariot on the Mountain “All of those cases on Court TV certainly permeated the mind of producer Wendy Whitman. Her book is a truly breathless thriller through every twist and turn. A stellar debut novel with a terrific female heroine!” —Rikki Klieman, Attorney and CBS News Legal Analyst “A unique psychological thriller that weaves true crime into a plot that keeps the reader captivated from the very first page. A bold, heartfelt debut novel from an author who has created one of the most complex and provocative heroines in recent memory. A perfect read sure to keep you up at night.” —Rita Cosby, Emmy-Winning TV Host and Bestselling Author of Quiet Hero  “The decades of Wendy Whitman’s focus and dedication to the crime and justice genre shine through each page, as she spins the yarn in this gripping crime tale. Speaking from experience that has imbued her with personal knowledge of the inner workings of hundreds of criminal minds, she is an authoritative voice in telling crime stories…because she has lived through reporting some of the most disturbing ones in American history. Brava, Wendy!” —Ashleigh Banfield, Court TV Special Contributor and Host of Judgment with Ashleigh Banfield “Wendy Whitman’s debut novel is more than a crime story. Readers will identify with some of her protagonist’s obsessions including food choices (‘borderline vegan’) and her love for animals. Peppered throughout the book are safety tips drawn from actual cases Whitman learned from years covering criminal trials at Court TV where she rose from a producer to a programming executive. There’s something for everyone in Premonition.” —Beth Karas, Former Prosecutor and Host of Oxygen’s Snapped: Notorious “Gripping, suspenseful, and thoughtful, Premonition gives a behind the scenes look at the dangers that surround us as we go about our daily lives. If you’re looking for a crime thriller to get lost in, this is it.” —Dr. Robi Ludwig, Psychotherapist, TV Personality, and Author

30 review for Premonition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    This was not like any crime thriller I have ever read before. Whitman's debut book is one you want to add to your list. its a short, fast read. You just may be very paranoid after reading Premonition. I gave this book 4 stars and I hope you get a chance to read it. I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. This was not like any crime thriller I have ever read before. Whitman's debut book is one you want to add to your list. its a short, fast read. You just may be very paranoid after reading Premonition. I gave this book 4 stars and I hope you get a chance to read it. I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    3.5 𝘛𝘞: 𝘈𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩, 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 I’m warning you up front: if you are an animal lover, this book may be disturbing. I was very unnerved, but I believe that is precisely the feeling Wendy Whitman may have wanted to leave the reader with. Cary has an all-consuming phobia of being murdered, maybe because she worked for over twenty years covering crime on television. But when she sees a malicious act of violence against two young fawns on a dark road, it entangles her i 3.5 𝘛𝘞: 𝘈𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩, 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 I’m warning you up front: if you are an animal lover, this book may be disturbing. I was very unnerved, but I believe that is precisely the feeling Wendy Whitman may have wanted to leave the reader with. Cary has an all-consuming phobia of being murdered, maybe because she worked for over twenty years covering crime on television. But when she sees a malicious act of violence against two young fawns on a dark road, it entangles her in a madman’s web. Cary is an interesting character; paranoia, fear, sexual confusion seem to overtake her - 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳. Written in a terse, calculating narrative, 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 is not only a psychological thriller but looks into the mind of the killer as well. Wendy Whitman uses her knowledge from covering high-profile murder cases by scattering references to real-life cases throughout the story, giving it all the more a chilling edge. Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours and @wendywhitmanauthor for an invitation to the tour and a gifted copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Cary Mackin, an unemployed TV journalist, has moved to a small town for financial reasons. She still gets a job here and there on shows focusing on crime. Crime stories were her specialty. And wouldn't you know ... there seems to be a serial killer loose in this small time. Cary has a secret fear, one she's been fixated on for many years. She believes that she will be murdered. And now she feels that her premonition will come true ... soon. The author has a unique background through her decades-long Cary Mackin, an unemployed TV journalist, has moved to a small town for financial reasons. She still gets a job here and there on shows focusing on crime. Crime stories were her specialty. And wouldn't you know ... there seems to be a serial killer loose in this small time. Cary has a secret fear, one she's been fixated on for many years. She believes that she will be murdered. And now she feels that her premonition will come true ... soon. The author has a unique background through her decades-long work as an executive and producer for Court TV and HLN, covering almost every major high-profile murder case in America. As such, there is a great deal of credibility within these pages. Also, there are a ton of references to real-life killers over the years. This is well written, debut novel, with characters that stand out. Twists and turns kept me glued to the pages. The suspense starts on the very first page and maintains through to the very unexpected conclusion. Many thanks to the author / Post Hill Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this compelling psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nick Morris

    Overall I normally like this genre. However it just wasn’t for me. I found it extremely repetitive, which I know the clue is in the title (go figure). I just think this would have worked much better as a short story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krissy (books_and_biceps9155)

    Whew! This book really packs a lot in for its teeny tiny size! I found the whole aspect of Cary’s career with Court TV fascinating and really enjoyed hearing all of the behind the scenes information. This book touches on a lot of issues such as sexuality, confusion regarding sexuality, family trauma and of course murder. Lots of murder! Wendy takes us on the psychology journey that someone who is surrounded by murder on a daily basis really goes through. She is paranoid, nervous and anxiety ridd Whew! This book really packs a lot in for its teeny tiny size! I found the whole aspect of Cary’s career with Court TV fascinating and really enjoyed hearing all of the behind the scenes information. This book touches on a lot of issues such as sexuality, confusion regarding sexuality, family trauma and of course murder. Lots of murder! Wendy takes us on the psychology journey that someone who is surrounded by murder on a daily basis really goes through. She is paranoid, nervous and anxiety ridden. She is also an animal lover, carrier of emotional baggage and loves her sweets which, let’s face it, describes a lot of us LOL   You won’t put this faced paced book down because you become vested in Carrie’s well-being and you will want to know what happens. I will say the ending shocked the shit outta me! Like – I could not believe it! Very realistic so as you know, I loved it! I hope we get a sequel from Wendy because I know there has to be more! My one and only concern is that there is a bit of animal violence which I know is difficult for lots and it isn’t as bad as some novels I have read but, its still there and I want to warn people because it can be upsetting.  

  6. 5 out of 5

    Syeda Sumayya Tariq

    I loved the premise, and I loved how it ended! But I didn't like the third person narration at all, it was kinda boring, and I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary details haphazardly included, without any rhyme or reason. Understandable as it is a debut by the author. I kinda had to struggle to push through it, but think it might just be me because I consume thrillers for breakfast, lunch and dinner lol. I think you might really enjoy this one if you don't frequent this genre. Thanks to Ne I loved the premise, and I loved how it ended! But I didn't like the third person narration at all, it was kinda boring, and I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary details haphazardly included, without any rhyme or reason. Understandable as it is a debut by the author. I kinda had to struggle to push through it, but think it might just be me because I consume thrillers for breakfast, lunch and dinner lol. I think you might really enjoy this one if you don't frequent this genre. Thanks to Netgalley, author, and publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Denis Wheller

    This is a psychological thriller, in the sense that it fits the general definition and, despite its flaws, it does maintain tension throughout. I’ll return to thase below. As regards the plot, the premise is fairly novel. Cary, a forty-something woman with a serious sugar addiction, is confused about her sexuality but seems to be mainly homosexual. She has been made redundant from her job with a True Crime based broadcasting network, but is still occasional employed by a different, but similar, n This is a psychological thriller, in the sense that it fits the general definition and, despite its flaws, it does maintain tension throughout. I’ll return to thase below. As regards the plot, the premise is fairly novel. Cary, a forty-something woman with a serious sugar addiction, is confused about her sexuality but seems to be mainly homosexual. She has been made redundant from her job with a True Crime based broadcasting network, but is still occasional employed by a different, but similar, network. Her only real friend appears to be her sister’s dog, Obi. From early childhood, she has had a premonition that she will be murdered, which appears to be the main reason for her employment specialism, and the book is peppered with allusions to famous, mostly mass or serial, killings. One night, having driven out in search of a sweetness fix, she sees a car deliberately mow down two young fawns. The man, otherwise we have no information about the driver, spotted her and decided to stalk her. She does not report this even when, a few days later, two young girls are killed in a similar way and she suspects the same driver was involved. Two psychological misfits for the price of one! Other events cause her to confide in a small group of acquaintances and they start to investigate this possible serial killer, who kills animals and then uses the same methods to kill people. I have concerns about the writing, which is a bit repetitive, but my main problem is with the logic of the plot. Cary and her ‘team’ just don’t proceed in any sensible way and certainly not with the sort of urgency that one might expect. In fact they spend so much time meeting in restaurants (almost all described as ‘favorite’), avoiding the issues rather than progressing them, that this could be read as a good food guide for Connecticut (they are all fictitious but names are similar to real places). This lack of logical progression would nearly work if it was just Cary but the others behave rationally in every other way except when they interact with the crimes. I didn’t like the ending, although it is consistent with the characters so I can see that others would be happy with it. I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers and the author for providing me with a draft proof copy for the purpose of this review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Shields

    𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘺'𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘥, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦...𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦--𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵. This was a strange, jarring read that I rather enjoyed, and there's a lot to absorb in this slim read of just over 250 pages. Cary is a fraternal twin, confused about her sexuality, obsessed with sweets, but most of all, holds the unshakable belief that she will be murdered. Her entire life is ce 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘺'𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘥, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘵 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘥𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦...𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘨𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦--𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵. This was a strange, jarring read that I rather enjoyed, and there's a lot to absorb in this slim read of just over 250 pages. Cary is a fraternal twin, confused about her sexuality, obsessed with sweets, but most of all, holds the unshakable belief that she will be murdered. Her entire life is centered around crime, from associating places with tragedy to working as a journalist on a crime show. One night Cary is out on a late-night run for sweets when she sees a deer cautiously crossing the road, waiting for her two young fawns to follow. A car that had slowed down and curiously turned off its headlights roared to life just as the fawns were crossing. Cary is distraught but does not report the incident until a string of brutal murders begin and she realizes she's in a killer's crosshairs. Besides that horrific scene, there is another extremely upsetting scene with an animal later in the book; readers sensitive to animal brutality should be forewarned. I did want to note that the "voice" of the book, which some found to be choppy, is, in my opinion, very stream-of-consciousness and mimics Cary's hyperactive brain. She jumps from one thought to the next, so the reader must get used to her jumbled thoughts. It was not a detriment to me. The ending is so abrupt that I had to read it twice to make sure I understood what happened, and I felt very unsettled. I'd like to read more from this author. With her background, it's clear she knows a lot about crime. She's got a unique voice with a lot to add to this genre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    I’m still reeling over the ending of this one! It came on fast and furious and it’s been awhile since a conclusion threw me for a loop! If you enjoy thrillers, mixed with true crime then I would HIGHLY recommend you read this book. Wendy has lots of true crime cases woven throughout this read. I’m a big fan of true crime and there were some cases mentioned that I was familiar with and others I googled only because I wanted to to know more about those cases. This book really had me invested in the I’m still reeling over the ending of this one! It came on fast and furious and it’s been awhile since a conclusion threw me for a loop! If you enjoy thrillers, mixed with true crime then I would HIGHLY recommend you read this book. Wendy has lots of true crime cases woven throughout this read. I’m a big fan of true crime and there were some cases mentioned that I was familiar with and others I googled only because I wanted to to know more about those cases. This book really had me invested in the main character, Cary. Throughout the book you learn so many details about Cary’s life that at times I felt like she was a real person. As far back as Cary can remember, she always thought she would die violently. That carried over to her professional life as Cary was a producer on CrimeTV. Once the network changed direction, Cary became a freelancer on an old friend’s popular legal show. Cary has a sugar addiction and on a middle of the night snack run, Cary sees a car intentionally mow down two baby deer. When Cary finds out that two teenage girls are hit and killed at the spot very close to where the fawns were killed, her OCD brain goes into overdrive. Cary enlists two qualified friends, Vito and Anna, to help her find a serial killer as more killings begin to rack up. Once the trio go to the police, Cary finds that her life is in danger. She must find the killer before her premonition comes true.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lenore Riegel

    A crash in the night, a car swerves into a pair of fawns, but was it an accident? And is this horrific scene somehow connected to a gut-wrenching local crime? Carole Mackin, who just lost her job as a crime reporter after 20 years of television successes, will need to overcome her own hidden demons to follow the trail of a budding serial killer – in her home state – and stop this monster from killing again. Cary’s past positions her perfectly to hunt this murderer down, but will she become the A crash in the night, a car swerves into a pair of fawns, but was it an accident? And is this horrific scene somehow connected to a gut-wrenching local crime? Carole Mackin, who just lost her job as a crime reporter after 20 years of television successes, will need to overcome her own hidden demons to follow the trail of a budding serial killer – in her home state – and stop this monster from killing again. Cary’s past positions her perfectly to hunt this murderer down, but will she become the next victim? If you have a heart for murder victims and a soul for tracking down their killers, you will love Premonition, written by Wendy Whitman, who knows all about both, after years of helping guide COURT TV to its place of prominence in the American culture. (Full disclosure - she was my boss and mentor during my years as a producer on that network - I adore her.) Not since reading the Silence of the Lambs have I been as haunted by a dark tale of evil and death, nor been as deeply invested in the heroine, Cary Mackin, and the team of crime experts she enlists in her mission. But this is also a deeply personal story of Cary’s own family, with a desperate love story woven into the fabric of this shocking murder mystery. I’m hooked on true-crime thrillers, and Premonition is real enough to feel true. It’s an exciting read, fast-paced and vivid, with characters that jump off the page. Read it with all the lights on.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brittreadsalattebooks

    Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me on tour. And Thank you Wendy for my complementary copy. Just because it was gifted doesn't effect my opinions all opinions are my own! -- Book Details: Author @wendywhitmanauthor Published: July 13th ,2021 Hardcover , Pages : 272 ISBN-10‎164293822XISBN-13‎978-1642938227 Genres : Thriller Trigger Warnings: Animal Brutality, Serial Killer, Death -- #premonition Synopsis: Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After los Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for having me on tour. And Thank you Wendy for my complementary copy. Just because it was gifted doesn't effect my opinions all opinions are my own! -- Book Details: Author @wendywhitmanauthor Published: July 13th ,2021 Hardcover , Pages : 272 ISBN-10‎164293822XISBN-13‎978-1642938227 Genres : Thriller Trigger Warnings: Animal Brutality, Serial Killer, Death -- #premonition Synopsis: Cary Mackin is a TV journalist who has covered crime for nearly twenty years. After losing her job she moves to a small town in Connecticut—only to get caught up in the web of a deranged serial killer. Cary has a dark secret that drives everything she does: a deep-seated, lifelong fear that one day she will be murdered. As the madman Cary stumbled upon continues to terrorize the beautiful countryside where she now resides, will her premonition come true?“Premonition…a psycho-thriller roller coaster ride that probes the dark corners of one woman’s seemingly overwhelming paranoia…or is it? From a crime and justice expert, Premonition nails every detail of the criminal mind, the hunter and the hunted. Premonition is full of twists and surprises…I love it! Bravo!” —Nancy Grace, Founder, CrimeOnline.com, Host of CrimeStories on Fox Nation, Sirius XM, and NYT Bestsell -- Holy Shit a brilliant disturbing book Jaw dropping page turner WTF moments. Lots to process thought provoking but brilliant 👏 --

  12. 4 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    This psychological thriller was filled with crazy heart racing moments and edge-of-your-seat suspense! When our main character, Cary, witnesses a car intentionally run over two deer, she grabs the attention of the man driving the car. He begins to stalk her, and when two young girls are killed, her instincts tell her she’s in some major danger. I really enjoyed Cary’s quirks as a character, it helped to make the plot make a bit more sense. I would have questioned Cary’s actions, but learning her This psychological thriller was filled with crazy heart racing moments and edge-of-your-seat suspense! When our main character, Cary, witnesses a car intentionally run over two deer, she grabs the attention of the man driving the car. He begins to stalk her, and when two young girls are killed, her instincts tell her she’s in some major danger. I really enjoyed Cary’s quirks as a character, it helped to make the plot make a bit more sense. I would have questioned Cary’s actions, but learning her personality, I came to understand why she chose to do the things she did. I did find some areas to be a bit repetitive, but overall I thought this was a solid story! It was a tense one that I needed to get to the end and find out what happened! I do want to caution readers that there are a few scenes with graphic brutality to animals. This may be a trigger for some readers. I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Loraine Philliban

    Wendy Whitmans debut is truly different to any crime thriller I have ever read. Cary Mackin is the main character who has an extremely unusual affliction - she believes that one day she will be murdered. It’s difficult to say much more about the storyline without giving away spoilers. In my opinion the book could have been written as a short story it just seemed to go over and over the same events and no real police investigation. And the ending was so abrupt and left too many loose ends. I did Wendy Whitmans debut is truly different to any crime thriller I have ever read. Cary Mackin is the main character who has an extremely unusual affliction - she believes that one day she will be murdered. It’s difficult to say much more about the storyline without giving away spoilers. In my opinion the book could have been written as a short story it just seemed to go over and over the same events and no real police investigation. And the ending was so abrupt and left too many loose ends. I did like the storyline and the characters were all interesting but I’m afraid I did feel bored at times.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Heidi

    An intricate blend of thriller and true crime, this book was a trip! When a CrimeTV producer witnesses a couple of baby deer get maliciously hit by a car, she doesn't bother telling the police. And then a few days later, two young girls are brutally hit and run in the same place at around the same time. Cary decides they must be connected and with the help of her private investigator friend, they are on the hunt for the truth about these crimes. Will they figure it out before her premonition of An intricate blend of thriller and true crime, this book was a trip! When a CrimeTV producer witnesses a couple of baby deer get maliciously hit by a car, she doesn't bother telling the police. And then a few days later, two young girls are brutally hit and run in the same place at around the same time. Cary decides they must be connected and with the help of her private investigator friend, they are on the hunt for the truth about these crimes. Will they figure it out before her premonition of being murdered comes true?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Albright

    It was interesting being inside the mind of someone that has worked true crime cases for twenty years. There was an edginess to the writing and a matter of fact style of storytelling that makes sure the reader is focused and picking up on the details. There were several animal deaths that may be an issue for some, but overall this is an intriguing story of a woman with OCD and paranoia, a serial killer, and the need to solve the mystery of the murders before the main character's premonition can It was interesting being inside the mind of someone that has worked true crime cases for twenty years. There was an edginess to the writing and a matter of fact style of storytelling that makes sure the reader is focused and picking up on the details. There were several animal deaths that may be an issue for some, but overall this is an intriguing story of a woman with OCD and paranoia, a serial killer, and the need to solve the mystery of the murders before the main character's premonition can come true. I received a gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine Howard

    As lover of mystery and of paranormal this book left me wanting. The title is Premonition, but I see little of premonition in it. There was a surfeit of eating going on in the book. Mentioning of eating, going out to eat or drink is fine, but it seemed like the characters were always eating or thinking about eating. Then the main character is killed at the end that doesn’t leave an accommodation for a series. The author was apparently trying to make a point, but I think she missed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Cary moves to a small town and finds a journalist job, in her field of true crime. Perfect timing since there is a serial killer on the loose. But…Cary has always felt she will be murdered. Will she be murdered before the killer is caught? I enjoyed this book and the characters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DON'T GET THE READER INVESTED IN THE DOG ONLY TO KILL IT! There are other ways to get the message of a deranged serial killer across without killing the pets! DON'T GET THE READER INVESTED IN THE DOG ONLY TO KILL IT! There are other ways to get the message of a deranged serial killer across without killing the pets!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Kulick

    I loved this book. I read it in two days. I couldn’t put it down. It’s well written, compelling. Left me looking forward to Wendy’s next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle B

    DNF-not for me

  21. 5 out of 5

    Colette Wilhelm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was okay, the violence against animals really bothered me in this book. Made it hard for me to read. Did not like the ending at all! Can’t believe after all that happened and how scared she’s been that she’d go out in the middle of the night to fix a sugar crave? Just paint a bullseye on yourself for the killer!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Barker Ulmer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharon K Hargrove

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shiivaani Goel

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