Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Jenny Bowen is at her emotional lowest after the death of her father and discovery of her now estranged husband’s infidelity but fate was cruelly going to throw something else in her way. Jenny was boarding the overnight sleeper train from London to her dad’s former home in Glasgow when she helps a young woman with a little girl on the train. When in the night she leaves her cabin to go to the loo she sees the woman dead on the floor of her cabin and alerts the guard.
When the police arrive the woman’s death is put down to a self-inflicted overdose but when Jenny asks about the little girl she is nowhere to be found and no-one can recall ever seeing her. Jenny can’t let it rest, she knows what she saw and begins to dig into who the woman was and where the child could be. Only one person believes her Sergeant Mike Fletcher but to help her it means putting his job on the line.
This is one edgy read that keeps you on your toes. Jenny is much stronger than she thought she could be and has no intention of letting up but there are far bigger people willing to do anything to stop her. The body count around her begins to pile up putting her and anyone she knows in grave danger.
There are some really hairy moments within these pages from an author who definitely knows how to shock and throw his readers off-balance. I love that having to just step back take a couple of minutes then carry on reading. It makes it all seem more real being so unpredictable. The bad guys really got to me, especial one, you will know when you meet him. I loved the scenes on the underground in London and the contrast of the countryside just outside Glasgow, both as deadly. A brilliant ending.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the Publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mason Cross is a British novelist whose debut novel The Killing Season was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Book of the Year 2015. His second novel, The Samaritan, also featuring his inimitable lead character Carter Blake, was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick. Mason has written a number of short stories, including A Living, which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award and ‘Expiry Date’, published in Ellery Queen. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and three children.
Mason’s latest novel Presumed Dead was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018 and is available to buy now.