What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross

No one will believe … WHAT SHE SAW LAST NIGHT.


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.


I purchased this kindle book knowing I was going to be attending Train Noir – Edinburgh (see below link for details) and I am so glad I did. It’s brilliant and kept me guessing right to the end. I have not read any other Mason Cross (MJ Cross) books but I will be looking out for them after this one.

Thoroughly enjoyable thriller with some brilliant twists which had me second-guessing what I thought was about to happen. There are two main characters which I found myself drawn to and I found myself surprised by some of the twists in the story and I liked that the book focused on the thriller story and didn’t get caught up in side stories like so many books do. You learn enough about the characters to be able to picture them but not too much that you are wishing the author would get on with the story. This book does not delay the action at all.

I was on edge the whole way through the book and read it in less than 24 hours. I loved the scene where they were running around the busy London traffic just as much as the time spend in the Scottish countryside.

Loved every minute of this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good suspense thriller – but maybe not for anyone who travels on the sleeper…

I am excited to be attending the Train Noir – Edinburgh event on 25th November. SJI Holliday’s Violet takes us on a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express, but one of the passengers is not who they claim to be. Meanwhile, MJ Cross begins What She Saw Last Night with a death on the Caledonian Sleeper and a mystery to unravel.


  • FORMAT: kindle ebook
  • LENGTH: 320 pages
  • PUBLISHER: Orion
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 18 April 2019
  • ISBN-10: 1409172465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409172468



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. 

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Mason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979. He studied English at the University of Stirling and has worked variously as a tax officer, events coordinator, project manager and pizza delivery boy. He has written a number of short stories which have been published in Ellery QueenScribble and First Edition.  

His story ‘A Living’, was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award. His first novel, The Killing Season was longlisted for the 2015 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and his second, The Samaritan was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in Spring 2016. The third book in the series, The Time to Kill was released in 2016 and published in the US under the title Winterlong in 2017, followed by Don’t Look For Me and Presumed Dead. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and three children. 


2 responses to “What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross”

  1. Thanks for the review. Have added it to my Audible list 😀


    1. Emma I am sure you will love it!

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