Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invitation to the tour and to Orion for the ARC copy.
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 thinks she may be losing her mind. She sees a young girl with a woman on the sleeper train to Fort William. The next day the woman is dead and the girl is nowhere to be seen. Was she seeing things? But she knows what she saw. She picked up the girl’s toy rabbit and handed it back to her.
With the help of Mike Fletcher on leave from the police force she tries to piece together the final moments of the woman’s life and the whereabouts of the girl.
I like to read things are potentially true to life, now I know anything can be written in creative writing but there was one aspect of the book about halfway through that troubled me. Jenny abandoned a situation to further pursue her goal. I felt that this wasn’t true to life. Or more certainly that I seriously doubt many women would have left in these circumstances.
However, some books make me late for work but not only did this make me late for work but because I was running late my son got a detention for being late to school. Sorry Jack! Mum will make it up to you, promise!
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.