When an email popped in from Tracy about What she saw last night by M. J. Cross I almost passed it by because December is busy enough, right!?!?!
Anyone else feeling like it’s going to be a long three weeks until Christmas? We have so many lovely things planned, but next year I need to plan a bit more time off 😀 😀 😀
Anyway. I read the blurb below and I knew I wanted to read it. Have a read for yourself…
No one will believe … WHAT SHE SAW LAST NIGHT.
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.
Great blurb, right?!?
And somehow doesn’t a death on a train remind you of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, or is that just me? But What she saw last night is nothing like that – other than the murder on a train and well the search for the killer…
The pacing of the book was great – it was filled with short snappy chapters, changes in POVs and the plot was littered with little cliff-hangers. The story was ok, but the pacing really kept me reading and before I knew it I was a further ten chapters in because I had to read just one more. And then one more. And then another. You get the idea, right?
I very much liked Jenny one of the main characters and I think Mason Cross did a rather good job at writing a female character, even if she needed to ask for help a bit more than she did. The one small niggle I had was the reasoning behind Jenny getting so involved in the case all felt a little unlikely, but hey it’s fiction and sometimes you just have to go with the flow and be entertained. And entertained I was.
Overall, I thought that What she saw last night by M. J. Cross was maybe a tad far fetched at times, but it was an easy and absorbing read. One that I would recommend.
I received a copy of the book for review from the publisher, via the blog tour organiser – Thank you!