How would you react if you were the only witness to a horrendous crime? Would you stay or run?
What She Saw by Diane Saxon
The Lawrence’s were the perfect family; successful, beautiful, and happy until one night their whole world was ripped apart.
Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan is called to investigate the suspected arson attack and death of the Lawrence family at the charred remains of their stunning home, Kimble Hall.
The case takes a sinister turn as the body count fails to tally. Suspecting that someone may have survived the inferno, DS Morgan and her team need to discover whether they have a witness, or someone far more dangerous.
Who set the fire? Who wanted this family extinguished beyond recognition?
As the case progresses, DS Morgan realises she has a calculating, cold-blooded killer on her hands, and the race is on to track them down before they kill again…
A gripping psychological crime novel, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter.
Let’s start with the usual disclaimer: while What She Saw is part of a series, you don’t need to have read the others in other to enjoy this. However, if you are very interested in character development, you may want to start at the beginning in order to fully appreciate the characters. Even if you don’t, the references to previous books are enough to make you want to give the series a good go.
Speaking of the characters, most are pretty likeable. I very much appreciated the camaraderie between Jenna and Mason, long-time colleagues (and Mason now dating Jenna’s sister), plus the inclusion of Ryan, a less-experienced police office whom they take under their wing. Then there is also Poppy, the “she that saw”. Poppy was the most interesting character for me and I enjoyed the alternating chapters that focused solely on her. In fact, I would have liked to hear more of Poppy’s story; I feel she had a lot to tell.
I guess the hold back on Poppy’s story is what made What She Saw more of a police procedural story rather than the psychological thriller I was expecting. That’s not to say that it didn’t make the story interesting. I still enjoyed the plotline overall. Except, perhaps, a chunk in the middle that was interesting overall but distracting as it didn’t really fit with the main premise of the book.
What She Saw is available to purchase now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.