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What She Saw is a audiobook of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be.

Claudia Rose, Zebediah Gold, and Joel Jovanic of the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series play an important role in unraveling the web of mystery.

©2012 Sheila Lowe (P)2013 Sheila Lowe

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It's so crazy we couldn't make it up.

A woman wakes up on a train, not knowing where she is. She can't remember where she was going, where she came from, who she is. Not even her name. In a panic, she leaves at the first station, not knowing what to do or where to go...
The dramatic opening to What She Saw, and the continuing desperate search for an identity and some explanation as to why she has lost her memories so completely, is well written, starkly conveying the terror of her situation and the unknown reasons for the lingering fears she felt. Her naked emotion is visceral, feeling very real (if, sometimes, rather misguided in her trust issues, given her more blatant, and courageous, attempts to learn about herself). The reader is caught in her dilemma, the need to know more about her urgent. And the discovery of the truth of her past and present is also immaginative, almost plausible. But, sadly, the final denouement felt rushed and, dare I say it? Yes - silly. Like a totally different story slapped onto the end to give some dramatic resolution. Very disappointing.

Narrator Aria McKenna gives it her all, emotion dripping from every sentence, especially in the earlier sequences. And she is good. Her delivery is clear,with good intonation and textual understanding. If anything, she is overly dramatic, her voice sinking low then suddenly crying out piercingly loudly in the next phrase or sentence. It did become, for this reader, too distracting to properly listen to what was actually being said. But after the earlier sequences, this settled down - still emotionally invested but without the hysterical vocal input. This was further assisted by increasing the playback speed to 1.25, giving the narration a little more cohesion without losing any of the clarity of drama. The performance, after that initial hiccough, was excellent, with good character voicings throughout, and the only irritation then being that, although there were often significant pauses between phrases in sentences, there was a similar lack of time between changes of scenes within chapters. Overall, though, she gave a very good narration.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of What She Saw, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Sheila Lowe is a talented writer and her ability to get inside a character and draw in her reader is clearly demonstrated in this novel. It is mysterious, compelling and exciting. It is just unfortunate that the final chapters were not better thought out to continue the reality felt in the majority of the book.

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Brillint myustery thriller.

What made the experience of listening to What She Saw the most enjoyable?

This is the first audiobook I have listened to by this talented author and straight away I found myself drawn in by its brilliant opening.

Imagine the terror of finding yourself on a train, not knowing how you got there, or who you are. Who are the people around you, do they know you? Where are you going, and why? A myriad of questions which your brain cannot answer, because it just doesn’t know. All you know is that you have to find the answers, but how?

The story which unfolds is utterly absorbing as she struggles to piece together her life and the events which have caused her amnesia. However, as she uncovers mysteries and discovers answers, it soon becomes apparent that there are no simple answers, and that things and people are not necessarily as they seem.

What about Aria McKenna’s performance did you like?

The narrator, Aria McKenna brings out the characters and her wonderful voice compliments a storyline guaranteed to keep you guessing right until the very end.

Any additional comments?

One of the cleverest mysteries I have ever listened to with an exciting, yet not confusing plot.

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  • Judy Kaplan
  • 01-02-14

Psychological & Physical Intrigue!

What did you love best about What She Saw?

This story is both a psychological and physical thriller with constant twists and turns. Every time I thought I knew what to expect I was wrong by a mile. Interesting concept, engaging characters, constant intrigue, and having it include handwriting analysis, which is a great interest of mine, was a big bonus.

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  • GiGi
  • 11-04-14

Awesome story! Awesome listening experience!

What made the experience of listening to What She Saw the most enjoyable?

The main character immediately pulled me in as the psychological expense built. Aria's narration of Jen's journey to discover who she was and what happened made me feel that I was hearing and feeling Jen's thoughts and emotions.

What other book might you compare What She Saw to and why?

Poison Pen.. I love forensic mysteries.

Have you listened to any of Aria McKenna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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  • Elizabeth L.
  • 17-02-14

Twists at every turn ...

Where does What She Saw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the top 20 or so. I would listen to this one again!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! Without giving anything away I didn't see a lot of the twists and turns coming.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again without giving anything away it was when the lead female character found out who she was.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this story, I am interested in listening to other stories in the "Forensic Handwriting Series".

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  • C. Rogers
  • 23-12-13

A Pleasant Surprise

Maybe not great literature, but a nice twist on familiar amnesiac stories, with enjoyable characters and plenty of suspense. I didn't know what to expect, having never heard of the author, but I'm impressed with this effort and will look for more. Narration is also very well done. A good investment of a credit!

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  • Dee
  • 08-07-18

Great suspense

The beginning of this book is so suspenseful that I was tempted to skip ahead just to get some relief from the anxiety I was feeling. The author did an incredible job dealing with the mad scramble for things to make sense. And what a scramble.

No one and nothing was at it seemed in this wonderful, wonderful mystery. The twists and turns, and good guys versus bad guys, was on a constant swivel. As things became clear there was still so much more intrigue to deal with.

Don't expect the three main characters from the other books in this series to make an appearance. They are very much in the background. This listen is propelled by the mystery of the amnesia victim and the what's and why-for's therein.

The narrator was a great choice for this listen. There was a lot of putting puzzle pieces together, with suspense aplenty, and the narrator was quite adept.

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  • DeltaGov
  • 06-07-18

Piqued my interest in the larger series

When I received this book, I was a little nervous because I had not realized it was part of a larger series. I needn't have worried. Although "What She Saw" has characters from Sheila Lowe's successful Forensic Handwriting Mysteries, my enjoyment of this book was not dampened by my unfamiliarity with Lowe's work.

Story: An interesting, unpredictable mystery
Pacing: Appropriately paced and kept my interest
Narration: Aria McKenna did a nice job

I have been a commitment-phobe with books lately and have generally refused to read anything past the first book in a series. "What She Saw" is certainly a stand-alone book, but it made me want to read more of the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries.

Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for my voluntarily review.

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  • latasha
  • 03-07-18

suspensful and engaging

** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review**

The quality of this audiobook was great, the narrator, Aria McKenna, did a great job reading. She really gets into it and I appreciated that very much. the only improvement I could think of would be a slightly longer pause between chapters.
The story is very engaging and frustrating. For a while you have no idea what's going on just like our main lady, Jenna. But then it's a puzzle of what happened to her, why she has amnesia. it's surprise after surprise. near the end my suspension of disbelief was beginning to wear thin. But it's still a suspenseful and engaging read or listen.

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  • Teri Domier
  • 22-06-18

Loved all the twist and turns

I was so happy with this book. It kept me wanting more each chapter. Cant wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Chris Taylor
  • 16-06-17

A Page Turner

What did you love best about What She Saw?

I loved that I could't guess where the story was going. I usually can guess the outcome way before a book ends but this one kept me guessing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, this book makes good use of suspense. I felt there was danger at every moment and the feeling of not knowing who you are helped this. Are you with a friend or enemy? Keep reading.

What does Aria McKenna bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good job and I prefer being read to as my eyes aren't too good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but I don't want to write it here as it is a spoiler.

Any additional comments?

I have read other books by Sheila Lowe and have enjoyed them very much. This book was very special and I would like to see these characters again in future books. Once I started listening, I was driven to get through and then disappointed that it was over.

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  • Disgruntled
  • 03-06-14

Intense story, well-narrated

What did you love best about What She Saw?

The opening scenes immediately drew into the frightening experience of waking in a strange place with no memory and no identity. Sheila Lowe does an excellent job of portraying Jen's emotions in intimate detail.

What did you like best about this story?

The author sustains emotional intensity and suspense from beginning to end. I could identify with Jen's confusion and fear, even though I've never shared her experience.

What about Aria McKenna’s performance did you like?

McKenna gives the reading the emotional intensity and resonance the story deserves.