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What She Saw

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This was the second in a series, although I didn't realize it until I had already gotten it.  Detective Jenna Morgan is investigating a fire and also accidentally busts up a drug ring.  It was okay. Some things I didn't really like about it, and I don't think I would read more in the series, but it was decent.  3 stars.
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This is the third in the series following Detective. sergeant Jenna Morgan.
Gordon Lawrence kills his family and then sets the house on fire.
But Poppy his teenage daughter manages to get out.
But the body count doesn't add up.
And they realise they have a killer on the !oose.
A great book
Thanks NetGalley
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This book has to have one of the best opening chapters I have read this year. Was not expecting it at all. Shocked me. Jaw dropping. It did its job and full on dragged me in questioning everything. Hooked. Drawn in. Gripped…

It is book three in a series which I only found after while writing this post (oops) but read really well as a standalone and I will be going back to the previous two books. Brilliantly written, a real page turner I didn’t and couldn’t put down. I wanted answers.

I felt sorry for Poppy! Poor girl. DS Jenna, I loved her. She wasn’t letting anything pass her by she wanted to know the truth and she wasn’t going to stop till she got it. A very determined and strong woman. I can’t recommend this book enough. One to add to your lists. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.
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This is the 3rd book in the Sgt. Jenna Morgan series but the first book I have read by Diane Saxon and I found that the book can be read as a standalone. 

The book starts out with a shocking bang as Gordon Lawrence shoots his entire family. His daughter, Poppy, escapes even though she has been shot. Gordon then sets fire to the house. Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan is called to investigate the fire and death of the Lawrence family but the body count does not add up.

Who shot this family and why? This is an excellent plot but there are multiple side plots that distract from this main plot that I found unnecessary. 

I enjoyed the humorous banter between Jenna and her partner, Mason. The older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford were very interesting characters. Gordon Lawrence was a very scary as you didn't know what he was going to do next. 

I found the book to be a riveting page-turner and needed to keep reading to find out how it would end. I would highly recommend it to those who love crime thrillers. 

I would like to thank Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a free copy for an honest review.
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# what She Saw #  
On the whole a half decent read, although it did take me a couple of days which is rather unusual of me. I start a book and don’t normally take that long to read it. I can’t say I was totally hooked on the book but at the same time I really wanted to know what happened regarding poppy. Why she ran would she realise it was not her fault. The ending was pretty predictable with a very slight exception. Apart from following Domino, great name for a dog. What happened around that it didn’t really have a back story, I don’t want to say too much but someone goes to a lot of trouble to mislead things. Then goes looking for someone.  To ask what was the point i really didn’t get that. It only felt half finished to me. Lacking in the back story and not fully getting why it was a bit of a loss to me really what was the point in any of it really, hmmm am I missing something I certainly don’t think I did it just made little Sense really. Yet what I did read I enjoyed shame it left me feeling as if only half a book was left unsaid . Hence the mark down on stars
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Well, What She Saw kicks off at a fine old pace that had me hooked from page one.
The eerie, heart pounding opening is guaranteed to make you keep on reading. Personally my heart was in my mouth as (without giving too much away) I was silently yelling instructions to the focal character.
As the narrative unfolded, Saxon quickly demonstrates that things are not as they seem and from different characters points of view we learn more and more about the Lawrence family and their lives in Kimble Hall. 
Saxon has a nifty knack of really making you feel that you are on the page with each character and I found myself pondering the clues and twists and turns in between read fests - it's one of those books that keeps you wondering where the truth lies and who you should believe. 
As a character, I found DS Jenna Morgan intriguing and empathetic and I enjoyed finding out more about her as a person. This is the first of Diane Saxon's books that I've read, but it won't be the last as I am impatient to become reacquainted with Jenna Morgan and her team. This was a solid four star read from me.
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I read this for a blog tour. 

This is a dark and twisted tale of power and control, where one man's determination to hold his family in his grip ends in terrible tragedy.

As the police try to make sense of the horrific scene at Kimble Hall, one survivor attempts to make it through the next few days on her wits alone, aware that the murderer could find her at any moment.

Brutal, gripping and with moments that will leave you gasping, this tension builds to a violent and horrifying end.
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I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing style was perfect.

I loved the intrigue that was built up a sthe book progressed and it was a brilliant thriller. 

I found the plot to be excellent, it was well developed and the characterisation were perfect - the characters all worked really well with the story and the interaction was spot on, I thought it was a really great read. 

I was hooked from the start and read the book in an evening staying up later than planned to finish it off after I was so engrossed!

It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon, I thought that it was a really good story, well developed and additive read - highly recommended!!
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This is the first book I’ve read by this author! This book is part of a series and this is book 3 but can be read alone. Wow it was gripping! I was drawn in right from the beginning by the plot, it was like a headline from the papers! Shocks you to the core and makes you want to read deeper into it! Diane explains the characters and their emotions brilliantly throughout which really connects you to each character. A fantastic gripping read!
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This is the third book I've read by Saxon  and she's quickly becoming a favorite of mine. She has a way of writing captivating police procedurals with misdirection and lots of twists and turns throughout. Saxon is able to put the right balance between the main characters personal life along side the crime that has me devouring her books.

The Lawrence family had the picture perfect family persona. Until one night when Gordon Lawrence kills his family and sets his house on fire, hiwever  he doesn't envision that his teenage daughter will escape.  Jenna Morgan is called to investigate the suspected arson. Morgan determined to find the culprit, as the case progresses she realizes she's looking for a cold blooded killer. This is definitely one rollercoaster ride of a book that starts off with a big bang that grabs your attention, with an addictive plot that keeps you wanting more.
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‘What She Saw’ is the third book in the bestselling series featuring Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan.  I have loved each and every one of Diane’s books and ‘What She Saw’ is no exception.  I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of ‘What She Saw’ but more about that in a bit.
What can I saw about DS Jenna Morgan?  Let’s just say that I felt as though I had reunited with an old friend in Jenna.  Over the course of the series we have learnt quite a bit more about her and why she is the way she is.  Not only do we have an insight into her work life but we also sneak a peek at her personal life.  When the story begins both her personal and work lives seem fairly stable.  She is in the beginnings of a new relationship and things have calmed down as regards her sister’s personal life, although they still have to get through the trauma of a trial.  Jenna is hard working, conscientious, determined, thorough, methodical, tenacious, sassy, kind, compassionate, caring and sensitive.  She is in charge of a small team but they seem to get on with each other and have each other’s backs.  The case as described in ‘What She Saw’ is set to test Jenna and her team as they have never been tested before.  Will Jenna and her team solve the case?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.
Oh my word, ‘What She Saw’ is an amazing story.  I was gripped by this book from the moment I read the synopsis and the story within the covers of the book just sealed the deal as it were.  ‘What She Saw’ developed a hold over me and it was a hold that I wasn’t willing to break.  For me, ‘What She Saw’ was an unputdownable, page turner of a read.  My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I just couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story for fear of missing a vital clue or such like.  I managed to read ‘What She Saw’ in one single day, which for me is pretty good going, since I am easily distracted and I find it hard to concentrate at times.
‘What She Saw’ is brilliantly written but then I have thought that to be true of Diane’s books in general.  For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout.  Diane certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she draws you into the story.  Once Diane has your attention then she will not let you have it back until the moment that you read the last word on the last page.  This was one of those books that I still think about even after I have finished reading it.  ‘What She Saw’ is a tightly plotted, gripping story which had me on the edge of my seat throughout.  I felt as though I was another member of DS Morgan’s team and part of the story myself, which is all thanks to Diane’s very vivid and realistic writing style.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘What She Saw’ and I would definitely recommend that you read it.  I will certainly be reading more of Diane’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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What She Saw by Diane Saxon is a psychological thriller that is the third book in a series featuring D.S Jenna Morgan.I have read none of the previous books but had no problems following the storyline.It is set in Shropshire, England. The story begons with Jenna being called out to a fire in the middle of the night, it is a suspected arson case. The house in question is a large estate, Kimble Hall.There were shots reported just before the fire was called in.The fire is eventually got under control and they find the ashes of all the Lawrence family who are residents of Kimble Hall. They discover the amount of bodies does not tally with the amount of family. One of the family got outsomeone managed to escape. DS Morgan and her colleagues DC Mason Ellis and DC Ryan Downey soon come to the conclusion that they must have a serial killer out there, but where did they go and why? It is a question of who? why? where and even what??
This book starts the way it means to go on, with action from page one. All the twists, turns and red herrings you need to make this a thriller you can't stop reading. The book has a good balance of private life stuff from Jenna and the crimes they are trying to unravel. I found both sides to be as interesting as each other which meant I sped through this book! I loved the different parts to the plot as well, very cleverly written to hold the tension and really make you go, what?! 
A great story and conclusion also, making it a rather emotional read as you reach the end. Great characters that are very well developed, but then it is the third book so I expect this. Although, for me to pick up this book and like the characters from my first read of the series, they are VERY well written as well.
Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources, NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the copt of the book to write this review.
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4 Stars from me

A brutal description of the murder of the Lawrence family sets the tone for What She Saw, leaving the reader in no doubt that this book is going to be a pacy and gripping crime thriller.

Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan also sets her stall out early and it is easy to get sense of who she is and what makes her tick. Her strength and determination is apparent, as are her flaws, which makes her an easy character to like and feel on side with. She becomes a very real person very quickly - the author does an excellent job of making her feel like someone the readers knows inside and out.

I won't go into too much detail about the storyline itself as I don't want to give any spoilers but suffice it to say that this is as much a police procedural as it is a crime thriller and I found the whole thing to be thoroughly engaging.

As well as liking Jenna, I thought DC Mason Ellis was a great character and I really enjoyed their interactions. The side story with the dogs was fabulous! Also loved the little old lady.
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The cover pretty much drew me to this book. It’s pretty scary to see a house on fire on the cover, but is there more to this? Of course!

What She Saw is the third book in the Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan series, set in Shropshire. I haven’t read the first two books, but that didn’t matter, I soon got stuck in and found myself getting involved in Jenna Morgan’s world of policing and her personal life.

It’s very straight to the point as a crime thriller. It starts off at the scene of the crime and works backward. Gordon Lawrence has opened fire on his family in a fit of rage. But one family member has managed to escape – teenager Poppy. She feels she is to blame for her father’s rage and runs away scared.
 
There are some great action scenes and twists leading to an emotional ending. It’s well written with great character development, it teases you with tense moments. One crime thriller not to miss!
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What She Saw was amazing and a super fast read. It grabs you right away and continues very fluidly throughout. I felt like I cared about the characters and their outcomes. I was thoroughly creeped out by the antagonist so bonus points there. The ending was both expected and unexpected which made for a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend What She Saw. 5 stars
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What can I say I did enjoy but took a while to get into plot glad I kept going story slow build up but the it graps you a goid read lots of twist
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Oh my goodness what a thrilling book What She Saw is! I am still breathless and I finished it a while ago! I actually couldn’t start this review until I got all my thoughts together, otherwise it would have been a jumble of words making no sense what so ever! 

Diane Saxon has created a story that is definitely not for the faint hearted. There were a few times where I had to stop and put it down to catch my breath, but it had me so hooked that I couldn’t tear myself away from it for too long. It really is one rollercoaster of a ride that will leave you shaken to the core!

Diane Saxon kicks off the story in spectacular fashion and from there, it just keeps getting better as it goes along. It moves at a fast pace and had me furiously flicking the pages to see how it was all going to unfold. It has been very well researched and although at times I did find it could be just a bit too descriptive, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it.

The story is the third in the Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan series and is easily able to be read as a standalone. Diane Saxon does touch on the previous stories and gives enough information to be able to follow along and it has definitely made me want to go back and read the other two books that’s for sure. Jenna is a great character who I look forward getting to know more about.

I can’t believe I haven’t been exposed to and read a book from Diane Saxon before What She Saw and I have to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for introducing me to her work. I am now so eager to devour everything that she has written when I can. 

Everything about What She Saw just works. The striking cover which immediately draws you to it, a strong plot, a diverse bunch of characters, that all are brought together through writing that is just so engaging, really does make What She Saw an exceptional read and is one that I recommend.
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TRIGGER: Murdering children in cold blood

This book is not for the faint hearted. It is quite brutal.

It had been Gordon's 45th birthday party and he needed to protect his family from a world without him in it. The only way he knew how to do this was to kill them. He started with his wife, then his 14 year old son, followed by his 8 year old sleeping twins and lastly his daughter Poppy and her boyfriend Aiden who were involved in a naked romantic tryst in her bed. However, the shot to Poppy wasnt a deadly shot and she proved harder for him to finish off.

The police are called when the house is reported as being on fire and the book follows the police investigation into the arsen attack. The discovery of the bodies means that there are people missing and they realise that they need to get the killer caught before he strikes again.

In the investigation a drugs ring is uncovered and the survival of Poppy is at stake.
A must read for fans of police crime and a book that had me invested.
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Oh what a gripping read this was, even though it's book 3 I felt as though it could be read as a standalone. The characters were fantastic and the plot just completely drew you in. I loved the added addition of Domino the Dalmatian. I found it to be an excellent read that left me wanting more. I really couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading the next installment.
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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 likable. 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.
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