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What She Saw Last Night

Narrated by: Carolyn Bonnyman
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

Jenny Bowen is going home. Following an acrimonious split from her husband, she is quitting her job and moving back from London to the small town in the Scottish Highlands where she grew up. After tying up some last-minute loose ends, she rushes to Euston and boards the Caledonian Sleeper, headed north on a 500 mile, 10-hour journey through the night. 

As Jenny is getting settled in her cabin, she hears a commotion outside in the corridor. She sees a pale little girl of about eight years old being bundled into a cabin down the carriage, with a stressed-looking woman whom Jenny assumes to be her mother. A tall man glances at the pair as he passes them. Jenny thinks it's strange that he has no luggage. He gives her a look that makes her uneasy before opening the door of the cabin next to her.

When they reach their destination in the morning, 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 of that age being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.

Jenny starts to get settled in her new home. 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, or it was a misunderstanding. But deep down, she knows that isn't the truth.

©2019 Mason Cross (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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Suspend your disbelief!

I enjoyed this escapist story, which is well read by Carolyn Bonnyman but really implausible! But a good level of suspense and plenty of villains makes for an entertaining cat and mouse scenario.

It’s a bit like the Lady Vanishes to start with, as nobody believes the main character actually saw a child in the sleeping compartment of an overnight train to Scotland when the young woman with her is found dead of an apparent drug overdose the next morning.The hunt is then on to find out who she was and where she’s been taken. Difficult when nobody believes she existed in the first place....

Definitely worth a credit but don’t do what I did, which was to listen at bedtime and find myself still intrigued at 2am.

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Good read

Took a chance on this book as I had never read any by this author. But it kept me gripped, good story, very enjoyable.

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Twist upon twist, simply marvellous

Characters so believable you feel you know them so well set within a plot with constant twists and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat until the very last, quite marvellous.

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Great Book

From the start I was hooked, loved the story, characters and the narrator were fantastic. Glad I took the gamble as this book was newly released without any reviews when I bought it. A must listen

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Too grisly for me !

A bit too grisly for me and not very believable. Difficult to say why without ‘spoilers’. The narrator however is excellent

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Narrator puts me to sleep

Possibly a gd book. But since it made me sleepy most times, it’s hard to tell.

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  • Jan
  • 18-05-19

Narrator great; the story? not so much

I find the chase sequence in the house with descriptions of hallways, locked doors, and rooms so stultifying. One thing that I did appreciate, though, was that the lead-up to a possible romantic connection -- also a dreary contrivance -- was dispatched with gruesome bluntness. Though I admit to being drawn in, I agree with another reviewer who found the ending preposterous.

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  • Christine Fogas
  • 28-04-19

Slow start, overall far fetched

The story is a slow build, becomes “suspenseful” finally with about 2 hrs left, with an extremely far fetched ending. The narration was good, but definitely needed to listen to this one sped up. Not bad if you’re looking for a mystery to kill some time with.

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  • Ella
  • 28-04-19

Great Book.

Loved this book. It was good to the end. I would recommend it to all.