What She Saw Last Night – MJ Cross

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 packed 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.

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Review

Mason Cross is a name often mentioned in the crime community, so when the opportunity came to read something a little different from him, I jumped at the chance. From the moment I read the blurb, I was hooked!

Jenny Bowen is travelling overnight from London to Scotland on the Caledonian Sleeper. When boarding, she notices a young woman and a little girl. She awakes in the middle of the night to find the body of the woman, but no little girl. The kicker is that there is no evidence the little girl ever boarded…

How’s that for a twist??

Upon reaching her destination, she tries to get on with her life but she can’t stop thinking about the little girl. So, she begins to investigate.

The book is filled with great characters. I loved Jenny who is thrown into a strange situation and can’t let it lie. Mike Fletcher, the only policeman on her side, is her only helper and for that becomes very likeable.

The train ride! I felt like I was there, much like I did when I read Violet by SJI Holliday. I adored both books, though now I consider trains carefully before travelling!

The plot is fantastic and is a real head melter (in a good way!). I am lucky enough to be sharing a stage with Mason at Crimefest and really can’t wait to hear him talk about this book.

To break away from writing a series must be hard work, but that bravery and tenacity has paid off. Mason has created a fantastic story, stifling settings and memorable characters. I can’t wait to read more.

Thanks for having me on the tour!!

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MJ Cross is a British novelist. Writing as Mason Cross his 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 most recent Carter Blake novel, Presumed Dead, was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018.

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Find out more at www.masoncross.net

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