I am delighted to share the cover for a brand new stand-alone from well known author Mason Cross, though he’s writing here as M.J.Cross to reflect that this book is a departure from his Carter Blake novels.
A thriller set in the U.K. What She Saw Last Night starts with a normal person, in a normal situation, and then something abnormal happens.
Jenny Bowen is your standard thirtysomething workaholic Londoner. Always busy, always rushing around, not taking time to notice the time pass, until her personal life takes a couple of major hits. First, her marriage breaks down. Second, her father dies unexpectedly.
Her dad’s house is in the Scottish Highlands, where Jenny spent part of her teenage years, so she’s heading north to take care of the usual duties that follow the death of a parent.
She decides life is moving a little too fast for her, so it might be healthy to decompress, take the long way home. She’s always been curious about the sleeper train that runs overnight from London to Scotland, and decides to book a berth on a whim.
This is the blurb for the book.
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…
Take a look at this fabulous cover
Isn’t that fabulous? I’m really looking forward to reading this book, and the setting on the Caledonian sleeper train is a terrific idea.
Described by Susi Holliday as ‘A taut emotional thriller that rolls along at speed before de-railing you several times. This is gut-punchingly good.’
Stephanie Marland calls it ‘ A killer premise combined with page-turning, pulse-pounding suspense – this brilliant psychological thriller is a real must-read’.
What She Saw Last Night is published by Orion on 18 April 2019.
You can pre-order it here:
M.J.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 near Glasgow with his wife and three children.