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Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Book review: What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross
What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross
A secret that could kill her.
A truth no one believes...
Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night.
In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked woman with a young girl she assumes to be her daughter. Then she finds her compartment and falls straight to sleep.
Waking in the night, Jenny discovers the woman dead in her cabin ... but there's no sign of the little girl. The train company have no record of a child being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.
The police don't believe Jenny, and soon she tries to put the incident out of her head and tells herself that everyone else is right: she must have imagined the little girl.
But deep down, she knows that isn't the truth.
Oh I just love a good thriller to dive head first into and this story really hit the mark. This cat and mouse tale had me reading like a woman possessed with its highly addictive antics and second guesses waiting at the turn of each and every page.
The narrative was filled with twists and turns as a relentless protagonist attempted to find answers and catch a killer. Jenny, it seams, will stop at nothing to uncover the truth and with the help of DS Fletcher a fast paced investigation takes shape.
The short chapters work in favour of the book's pace and the growing momentum builds to a crescendo with a nail biting atmosphere fraught with tension. This element of nervous tension was what pulled me in and kept me reading to uncover those all important answers in the concluding moments.
What She Saw Last Night is a fly by the seat of your pants thriller with enough twists and turns en route to satisfy any Train Noir fan out there.
Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for allowing me to take part in this thrilling blog tour.
MJ Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including 'A Living', which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads 'Get Britain Reading' Award. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and three children.