Welcome to the my stop on the #WhatSheSawLastNight blog tour!! I’m absolutely delighted to share my thoughts with you. This is a new author for me, but after reading the synopsis I had a feeling this book would grip me. Low and behold – IT DID! – and I read cover to cover in just one day. Here’s my thoughts:
What She Saw Last Night – MJ Cross
Format – Paperback (ARC – 370 pages)
Publisher – Orion
Release Date – 28th November 2019
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.
What She Saw Last Night is full of suspense and is one of those books you just won’t be able to put down! MJ Cross dives straight into the drama and thrills of the storyline off the back of the synopsis which I loved because straight away I was reading beyond the expected events.
Jenny is a brilliant character to lead the way in working out exactly what happened to the young girl which appears to have disappeared completely. She is confident in what she believes, yet also somewhat reserved – which mimics how many of us would likely react should we be faced with similar situations. It isn’t until Jenny gets the backing of Sergeant Mike Fletcher that the possibilities of what really happened on the Caledonian Sleeper start to open up, and Jenny takes unimaginable risks to find this little girl.
Jenny’s own past and experiences with her soon to be ex-partner add another layer to her as a character, which fuels the desire to find and save a child even more emotional. By exploring the depths of other characters too, the realm of ‘what, why, and how’ really begins to expand, which led me in all different directions – but ultimately, my suspicions were wrong and could not have predicted the truth.
The chapters are short and fast paced, which makes it really difficult to find a natural place to pause and put the book down, as almost every chapters ends on yet another clue that compels you to read on! The possibilities of what happened really are stretched until the very end and I found myself racing through the final pages. Afterwards I was left feeling exhausted from such a brilliant psychological thriller, and needed a warm cup of tea to calm down!
A brilliantly fast-paced thriller which swerved me in so many directions that I barely had time to catch my breath! I will certainly be looking out for more from this author from now on and I gave What She Saw Last Night a five star review on Goodreads.
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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.
To get in touch with the author, use @MasonCrossBooks on socials to find him!
**Thank you to the author, and Orion for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review and to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for approaching me to be part of the blog tour.**
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