About the book
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.
Thank you to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for my invitation to the tour and to Orion for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.
I have recently had a bit of a break from Crime novels and I was instantly gripped by this one.
Jenny is travelling up to Scotland over night on the sleeper train and I felt a reminiscence of Murder on the Orient Express with a modern more gritty twist.
When Jenny finds a woman dead the next morning no-one believes that she saw a little girl in the cabin next door too or a tall man in a black overcoat, there is no CCTV as the train is really old.
The authorities are happy to call it an overdose as the woman had a history of drug abuse but Jenny can not stop thinking about the little girl.
Sargent Mike Fletcher is the officer on the case of the murder and although he initially believed that the woman overdosed, he decides to look into the case further but warns Jenny to be careful as she is also doing some investigation of her own as it does not add up.
This is a great book and it has some real shockers along the way that left me with my mouth open! It is a fabulous page turner that is gripping, unpredictable and has a real dark side with what Jenny uncovers, but I will leave you to find out what that is…
About the Author
Mason Cross is a British novelist whose 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 latest novel Presumed Dead was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018, and is available to buy now.
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