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What She Saw

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Really enjoyed this like the previous books. 
The story was well written and it was different knowing who the main suspect was from the beginning - it was like you were in on the secret.
I thought the ending was good - a little twist which was a shock.
The only thing that could have been better was more could have been made of the drugs story line as it did seem to link in the main suspect.
Could this line be explored more in the next book?
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A man has shot all the members of his family before setting fire to the house. A house purchased through ill gotten gains behind the veneer of his estate agent business. His teenage daughter Poppy however, although shot has managed to escape and believes she is to blame for the carnage as she snuck her boyfriend into her bedroom and thinks this was the cause of her father's rage- a man known for being dominant and not nice with it. DS Jenna Morgan now has her sister back with her after she was kidnapped and the case is about to come to court. Meanwhile she is investigating the fire which looks non accidental from the speed and ferocity at which it caught. The next morning getting a coffee for her and  a colleague she witnesses something that puts a whole new lead and spark into the day- drugs. I really enjoyed this and loved Jenna. There is a wonderful style of writing and occasional (suitable) humour and couldn't help but smile at Domino having had such a dog! There is a brilliant sense of camaraderie, loyalty and tenacity in the lead characters and I really took to Jenna. This is my first book by this author and will definitely be looking out for more- a comfortable read, a smile and a very well thought out plot. 
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I loved the opening, it sets the pace for the rest of the book! The author brings you right into the story, and you can feel the girl's terror as her family's fate is revealed.

The characters are well developed, believable, and relatable, and the author has created a wonderful protagonist  in DS Jenna Morgan. I loved the chapters with the girl's story, and would have liked to see more interwoven with Jenna's chapters. 

The timeline in each chapter heading creates a sense of urgency, the clock ticking as events unroll. With another case coming along at the same time as the original one, there's non-stop action as Jenna and her team deal with both.

Well written with lots of detail and excellent character development, this is a great read that I'd recommend to anyone who likes this genre.
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Thank You NetGalley/Publisher & Author for this gifted e-ARC. 

I would highly recommend this book. The opening was fantastic I loved it. Which made it for a east fast paced read for me. 
If you enjoy a good thriller this is for you!

Summary----
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.
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I hate to leave negative reviews but I really did not enjoy this book.  It starts off with a great deal of action- a father kills his entire family and sets the house on fire.  Then the detective, Jenna; enters the book, and the story just gets boring.  Though there is a culmination to the fire/murder story line at the end of the book it's not really surprising or mysterious, and the rest of the book focuses on mundane details and Jenna's interpersonal relationships that have little to do with that plot line.

This story had promise but so much of the book is spent on unnecessary details and/or tertiary plot lines that I found myself skimming pages in order to just get through the book.  Sadly, the story never picked up the pace again.

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review- I am sorry to say that I will not recommend this one to others.
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I enjoyed this book. I happen to live in the area in which it was set, which is always adds an extra layer of interest when reading. 

The book begins in a grisly fashion leaving us no doubt as to who the bad guy is. We just need to wait for the police to catch up! Seemingly randomly, they get mixed up in a coincidental drugs bust that just do happens to be linked. I didn’t particularly enjoy the coincidental occurrences in this book- it seemed quite lazy to just happen to have the right people in the right place at the right time. 

I liked the central character of DS Jenna Morgan. She was well written and felt realistic, on the whole. All of the police characters seemed well researched and accurately depicted their roles. 

I did enjoy this book, but it needed more detective work and less coincidence! Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.
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The opening of this book was amazing, I was immediately hooked and wanted to read more and more, However, the story is unable to keep the  momentum and excitement going.
Instead of the huge build up I was expecting, I was left with a sad little whimper.
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A well written, fast paced, detailed plot with engaging characters and a good dose of humour this book works as a standalone read. Overall a solid 4* with slightly too much dog for my liking.
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After a good opening and a great premise the story fizzled out. With some changes in the narrative it could have been a good psychological thriller but the plot was lost and it fell short for a police procedural. Had me skipping pages. Sorry to the publisher and the author.
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After the fantastic opening of this book I thought it was going to be a 'knicker gripper' for me but sadly I was disappointed.

I began to lose interest at almost halfway through and I couldn't gel with the characters unfortunately but I did manage to get to the end.

Thank you to Negalley and Boldwood Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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I’m torn on this one.  I loved Copycat, the previous novel in this series I recently read,  and was looking forward to another absorbing mystery for Detective Jenna Morgan and her team to solve.  To be honest,  I may not have finished it if I hadn’t committed to a review and my enjoyment of the earlier story. It had a lot of padding and really wasn’t as gripping or tense as I expected. Sorry.
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am a big fan of this author and she never disappoints . this is a must read . Gordon Lawrence is a bully and a controller of his wife and children his wife puts on a family 40th party for him . Poppy sneaks her boyfriend back in and Gordon catches them . he kills all his family and puts the house on fire but Poppy escapes  detective sergeant jenna morgan  and Mason are called out to the fire . .i so love Domino the dog he so funny . Ryan is such a good character the 2 of them together make a good team wont say no more parts give me the giggles and one part i cried in i so recommend this series a must read very gripping
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am a big fan of this author and she never disappoints . this is a must read . Gordon Lawrence is a bully and a controller of his wife and children his wife puts on a family 40th party for him . Poppy sneaks her boyfriend back in and Gordon catches them . he kills all his family and puts the house on fire but Poppy escapes  detective sergeant jenna morgan  and Mason are called out to the fire . .i so love Domino the dog he so funny . Ryan is such a good character the 2 of them together make a good team wont say no more parts give me the giggles and one part i cried in i so recommend this series a must read very gripping
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Brilliant book i can highly recommend this book it has a great story and strong characters that bring the story to life.5*
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Who would have thought that Domino would deliver .......

Another great psychological thriller and police procedural.. 

The first few chapters of this book had me sitting on the end of the chair waiting for the next thrilling twist or turn. Following that I must admit I did lose some interest but I am so glad I stuck with the book as it nded up being a great read.

I am giving this 4 stars and my only constructive criticism would be to spread out the tension and excitement of the first few chapters into something more that led us through the rest of the book..

\reading through the book the writing style clearly shows Diane Saxon, love of animals, people and life. Her switch from romantic fiction to writing psychological thrillers was a great move and although this is definitely not a piece of romantic fiction you can feel the author's love and connection with her characters, especially DS Jenna Morgan and also with Domino.

This is the third book in the DS Jenna Morgan series and although it is the first book that I have read by Diane I did not feel I had missed out on any part of the story but will make sure I check out the other books in the series and also for her other work.

I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review..

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I won’t spoil it for you but the opening to this story is fantastic! 

If you’re looking for a book which immediately draws you in and leaves you wanting more then you need to read What She Saw! Plenty of action throughout the story and nothing is given away. Great characters and settings.  Jenna could have been written better but if that’s my only complaint you know it’s a good book!

4/5
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Fantastic thriller.  Poppy is a teenager who has snuck her boyfriend into her room after a family party.  The next minute he has been shot dead and she has been seriously injured.

The story flows between Poppy hiding away and DS Jenna Morgan who is trying to find out what happened at the house.  4/5
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I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

This crime novel grabs you right from the opening paragraphs.  It has has a shocking opening and continues on from there.  The novel opens with a teenager lying on her bedroom floor staring up at her father who has just shot her and and also her boyfriend.  The boyfriend is dead.  Thus, begins this family annihilation scenario.  After we leave Poppy behind, we jump to DS Jenna Morgan’s side of story and pick up there.  The novel alternates with some snatches of the Poppy’s father’s POV and actions.

There is a lot of action and tension throughout the course of the book.  It makes for very quick and un-put-downable reading.  The action writing and the character of Poppy was well done.  The depiction of a family annihilator was intriguing and well thought out.  I actually did not connect with Jenna as much as some of the lead characters in other police procedural series I read.  Definitely a good read for those who enjoy fast paced thriller style police procedurals.
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Amazing read, I have really enjoyed this one. 
This is completely unpredictable and completely gripping. 

Full review to follow on publication day
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The new D.S. Jenna Morgan
set in Shropshire
what a brilliant start for this book. i had knots in my stomach reading.
Poppy Lawrence, and what she saw is harrowing, the oldest child of brutal Gordon Lawrence, going on a shooting spree through his family home Kimble Hall. Poppy is suffering a big loss and flees away escapes.
Jenna and Mason are called in after the house is up in flames and need to discover who are inside.
this is one nasty business, he wasnt a well liked man. this book will freak and grip you. so who did set the fire? so many twists and turns are in store.
its a race against time for Poppy is death only a step away and can she be saved?
oh my ive just about said it all about this book. highly recommend to all readers. the characters have been drawn into me from the author. it will definitely leave you on tenderhooks.
absolutely fabulous .
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