I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for What She Saw Last Night by M.J. Cross. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite.
What’s this book about?
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’s what I thought…
I’ve read this author as Mason Cross and have to say I love his new style written under this pseudonym. I felt as though I were in a Hitchcock film at one point which is no bad thing! The black and white version of The Lady Vanishes is one of my favourite films and there was an echo of that noir enveloped in the narrative of What She Saw Last Night. Jenny rushes to catch the Caledonian sleeper train from London to Glasgow looking forward to relaxing overnight on the journey to forget all her recent troubles. As she boards, she helps a woman and her daughter and then settles herself for the night ahead. But in the middle of the night she discovers the woman dead and her daughter missing but no one else seems to have seen the little girl. With only one person believing Jenny’s story, can she prove that she didn’t imagine her?
What She Saw Last Night shocked and surprised me with the twists and turns that it threw at me. I was completely unaware of which direction it was heading in and I really liked that! There are some very strong characters involved in the mystery that nobody apart from Jenny seems interested in solving but for me the setting is the star of the show here both on the train and in the beautiful Scottish countryside that Jenny travels through as she throws herself into the mystery of the missing child. And there was a huge shock for me part way through that I didn’t see coming so I hope you don’t either and have the same “jaw hitting the ground” moment that I had!
An entertaining suspense thriller with a gripping storyline!
Meet the author…
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.