What She Saw

What She Saw

by Wendy Clarke

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How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?

Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter, Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, built a business to support them and found the perfect little cottage to call home. They hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears. It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.

But Leona never talks about why they moved to the Lake District.

She’s never told Beth anything about her father.

She says Beth should never speak to strangers. She says Beth doesn’t need friends.

She’s only trying to protect her daughter.

When Leona answers the phone one morning, her heart stops as she hears a voice from her past.

She’s given her daughter everything, but now she must tell her the truth. And once it’s out, can she keep her little girl safe?

What She Saw is a gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist that will make your jaw drop. If you love The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl or Behind Closed Doors you’ll be consumed by this.

What readers are saying about What She Saw:

‘The twists in this were U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E! I've read many thrillers in fact that's my main genre and this one blew them all out of the water… so suspenseful, action packed, dynamic that I stayed up till almost 3am to finish it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing novel!... Secrets, lies and terrible events galore, this is a real rollercoaster of a ride throughout. Twists and turns keep you on your toes right through to the end. Raced through this one on a lazy Saturday.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Had me flying through the pages to find out what happens… I cannot praise this book enough! I finished it in a matter of days… My heart was racing as I was reading. It kept hitting me with twist after twist… I have to say it's the best thriller I've read this year.’ Ramblings of the Book Addict, 5 stars

‘An addictive, clever and suspenseful thriller that will keep you totally absorbed and page-turning from the very beginning to the climax with its moments of high drama and nail-biting tension… Definitely 5 stars!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow what can I say! I should be sleeping now but I was so gripped by this… I just couldn’t put it down. Wendy thank you for this book it was bloody marvellous!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Will have you tearing through the pages… a gripping story, and my spine tingled more than once with tangible tension. There are just enough twists and surprises to make this a fun, yet nail-biting read…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786818171
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 62,355
File size: 614 KB

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What She Saw 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Philomath_in_Phila 10 months ago
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. In What She Saw by Wendy Clarke, you meet Leona, a loving and extremely protective mother of teenaged Beth. They do everything together, absolutely everything. They seem to be perfect and have the perfect life. Of course, things are not always what they seem. Leona and Beth both have secrets which they keep from each other and from everyone else. The question asked is, "how far will a mother go to keep her child safe?" What She Saw is a slow burn which I had difficulty getting into. However, since I did, I could not put it down. I was a Psychology major and am a sucker for when a character meeting with a psychologist partly reveals the story. The story uses flashbacks and the present. It starts slow but is suspenseful and well-written. According to Goodreads, Clarke has published over three hundred short stories published in national women's magazines, and this is her debut novel. As of 6/13/19, it has a rating of 4.25 out of 5. Most of the ratings are 5 stars, and none are 1 star. For a debut novel, that is quite impressive. I am looking forward to reading more by Wendy Clarke. This review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 6/15/19.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner! This is a great debut novel of mystery and secrets! I had a very hard time putting it down. Enjoyed the plot and the characters. I will be looking for more novels by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leona lives in Langdon Fell in Cumbria with her partner, Scott, and is the mother of Beth, 15. In her spare time, Leona enjoys making jewelry and has recently been taking some pieces to craft shows. Scott works as a guide for people wanting to walk the fells and it is something he loves to do. One day as Leona is at the shops, she thinks she sees a woman from her past call Ria. This scares her so much that she has a panic attack. Now, she is having problems sleeping and concentrating. Beth has been skipping school to avoid being bullied by a couple of the girls in her class. Beth is a very talented artist and especially enjoys drawing birds of prey that she sees while hiking the fells. Scott has become concerned about Leona’s panic attacks and wants her to see a doctor. The psychologist she meets with helps bring back her past and again face her demons. At one time, Ria lived in London with her very controlling and abusive husband. But something happens that brings it all to a head after which Ria flees the area. I don’t want to reveal any more than what I have because that’s the shocker that really makes this story. Suffice to say, when I read the “shocker,” I gasped. This is a powerful novel that shows how truly evil some people can be. Great read and I highly recommend it. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
M-Harrison1 More than 1 year ago
They say there is no greater love than a mother’s love for their child. This is the case for Leona and her daughter Beth. The bond they share appears unbreakable and Leona has gone above and beyond to make sure Beth has had the best in life. But Leona’s love has come with a price, she has alienated her daughter from the world, causing Beth now a teenager to pull away from her as she struggles to fit in at school with her peers. There is a reason why Leona has been so fiercely protective of her daughter and the life she has built for them. She has a secret from her past, that if revealed, could lead to dangerous consequences for them both as well as Leona’s ‘husband’ Scott As the story progresses we are shown glimpses of Leona’s past and we are soon privy to what she has been hiding, and the struggles she endured during a horrific time in her life which shows why she is so protective of her family. When Beth comes across a hidden envelope containing information pertaining to her mother’s past, Leona has no choice but to reveal her secret which in turn puts all of their lives in danger! This story started gently, easing the reader into it, then building momentum to an explosive heart pounding conclusion which was fabulous! I still cannot believe that this is Wendy’s first psychological thriller! I was hooked from the start and read this in one sitting as I could not get enough! It is so well written and shows a confidence that you would think that Wendy has been writing in this genre for years, and I hope that she will continue to do so. The characters were very relatable and I really resonated with them. I felt each emotion that they all went through especially with Beth. I was really drawn to her character and felt her pain as she tried to find her place in the world. I also loved the descriptions of Beth’s artwork and of the Lake District setting where the book was set. This is a brilliant read and I look forward to more of Wendy’s work in the future. Write fast Wendy! I can not recommend this book highly enough and I am thrilled to have a new favourite author to add to my list. A BIG ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars from me!
Shelley-S-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
As with any thriller, there are secrets to be uncovered, but what differs here is Wendy Clarke's delicate unfurling of these hidden treasures and the easy to follow writing. I experienced feelings of panic, grief, and shock right alongside Beth. Told from three different points of view, there were times where, as the reader, I questioned the reliability of the narrators and was as anxious to learn as much about them as possible. This is a fast paced, edge of your seat, well written piece of fiction that captures you from the first page and keeps you engaged until the very last. Even though some of the twists were obvious I still wanted to continue reading, to find out more. I had to know if what I thought was correct, and where the rest of the story would lead me. I appreciated that while the story includes a teenage character, I didn't get annoyed with her dialogue, which I commonly struggle with. Only Daughter portrayed characters authentically, from the bewildered parents, to the shocked spouse and child...and even those more sinister characters. This book was really something. I loved the characters, the plot and the pace. Wendy Clarke brings readers a highly engaging, intoxicating novel which is exceptionally well written. The last few chapters were so intense I was holding my breath and gritting my teeth.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
What an exciting read this was! I was hooked from very early on and had a hard time putting this book down. The author did an excellent job weaving in all the intricate parts of this story. Leona lives with her boyfriend Scott and she has a 15-year-old daughter, Beth, who has started giving her mother a hard time. Beth meets a mysterious photographer in the mountains and they form a friendship which also complicates things between Beth and her mother. Leona starts having panic attacks and begins seeing her therapist, Lisa, and all the past secrets begin to be revealed. There are many twists, turns and surprises in this fantastic read and the author ties everything together very nicely in the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller as you will not be disappointed. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this great book.
CCinME More than 1 year ago
Solid first psychological thriller from this author. There are multiple story lines woven throughout the main theme. Without giving anything away, it's a solid story which you will not want to put down!
MKF More than 1 year ago
Leona is Beth's overly protective mother but who is Ria? Told in their alternative voices, this is a story of secrets and lies that might linger in your head. Beth's having a hard time- she's 15, they've moved to the Lake District (love that btw), and her mom is making her a bit crazy. In other words, she's a typical teen. Then things change when she finds something that makes her question everything she knows. Leona has a past and she's having trouble coping with it. So much trouble that she can't bring herself to marry Graham, the good guy. What happens next- no spoilers! Thanks to net galley for the ARC. This is a nicely written twisty tale.
GraceJReviewerlady More than 1 year ago
This is a good read; a story with twists and turns and a couple of intertwined stories. Leona and her daughter have always been close, but as Beth hits her middle teens the barriers are up. Leona feels her life beginning to fall apart when she suffers a series of panic attacks. Unable to confide in her partner or her beloved daughter, she finds the past closing in on her. Beth has her own worries - attending a school where she stands out for being normal, she is unhappy and unable to share with her mum. As the story unfolds, we get to understand more of what's going on with both their lives . . . I enjoyed this one. Flowing smoothly, it's a well-written novel. However, for me, the clues were just a bit obvious and for the most part what happened next was what I expected - it held few surprises for me. Perhaps I've just read too many psychological thrillers lately? Not that it takes away from the fact that this is an excellent debut novel and Wendy Clarke is an author I would be happy to read again. For me, it's well worth four stars.