I previously read a Diane Saxon book in this series and, in all honesty, I wasn’t blown away by it. However, I love to be proven wrong and The Ex grabbed me in its vices!
The Ex by Diane Saxon
Sometimes your past just won’t let go…
As a heat wave grips the country, DS Jenna Morgan is called to a domestic incident at the home of a young family in Ironbridge.
Pregnant Imelda Cheetham-Epstein has been found unconscious by her husband, Zak with serious head injuries.
When Jenna arrives on the scene, she discovers something even more disturbing – the couple’s eleven-month-old son, Joshua, is missing and the race against time begins to find him.
Is this an accident or something more sinister?
Are the two incidents linked?
Or has something in the Cheetham-Epstein’s past caught up with them?
I had two main issues that held me back from really enjoying What She Saw previously. The first was that I entered the series late and I couldn’t forge a connection to the main characters. The good news is that I certainly felt a difference when reading The Ex. Having that extra bit of back story to Jenna, Mason, and Fliss really helped me understand a bit more and how their actions fit in with the overall story. I felt more invested in the book.
The second issue I had with What She Saw was Poppy’s side story, which I felt was a bit too lobbed in there for my liking. However, in The Ex, there is the perfect balance of chapters between Jenna and her team solving the case and the actions of the perpetrator. Personally, I much prefer books from the viewpoint of the victim or the villain rather than the police so this was a perfect blend for me.
The points above are quite personal to me and my preferences. As someone that is just looking for a good book, you should know that The Ex is a great read. It did take me a few chapters to get into it but the story gripped me in the end. I did have my suspicions of the outcome but it was formed through subtle hints, and the story wasn’t without its twists. Truly an addictive read!
The Ex is available to buy now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.