A killer premise combined with page-turning, pulse-pounding suspense – this brilliant psychological thriller is a real must read! – Stephanie Marland
A taut, emotional thriller that rolls along at speed before derailing you several times – this is gut-punchingly good. – SJI Holliday
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.
Jenny is travelling to her childhood home in Scotland, her marriage has broken up after husband, Eric, was cheating on her, and her father has died after a stroke. So she’s taken the sleeper train to have some quiet time before she has to deal with her life.
She sees a woman struggling with a suitcase and glimpses a little girl, but the next morning the woman is found dead and no sign of the little girl.
The British Transport Police arrive and the DI believes it to be an easy case of a junkie OD and feels Jenny was seeing things as no girl found on the train and not on the passenger manifest.
But, DS Mike Fletcher is uneasy and feels something is off. Jenny gets a little obsessed and does her own investigation and finds some surprising information, that puts her, her soon to be ex husband Eric and Mike in danger…..
Was there a little girl on the train? If there was, where is she?
I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller, I felt Jenny’s frustration at being dismissed as a grieving woman who imagined a child!!! (Reminded me a little of the old film, Bunny Lake is Missing)….And the tension builds making this a real nail biter of a thriller. Brilliant.
Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MJ 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 in Glasgow with his wife and three children.