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.
I devoured this one, it was paced perfectly and a proper mystery thriller mash up, lots of edge of seat moments alongside a kind of classic locked room mystery and at the heart of it an excellent villain.
A literal one sitting read here as Jenny see’s a child who later seems not to have existed…letting it go is impossible for her so she gets caught up in a web of intrigue- Mason Cross has always been a superlative plotter and in What She Saw Last Night brings that talent into full force.
Creatively clever to keep you turning the pages this is definitely one of those “just one more chapter before bed” books that ultimately finds you finishing it bleary eyed in the early hours. With everything I look for in my crime fiction right here I can’t do anything except highly recommend it.