What She Saw

Forensic Handwriting Mysteries
Narrated by: Aria McKenna
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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What She Saw is a audiobook of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be.

Claudia Rose, Zebediah Gold, and Joel Jovanic of the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series play an important role in unraveling the web of mystery.

©2012 Sheila Lowe (P)2013 Sheila Lowe
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Psychological & Physical Intrigue!

What did you love best about What She Saw?

This story is both a psychological and physical thriller with constant twists and turns. Every time I thought I knew what to expect I was wrong by a mile. Interesting concept, engaging characters, constant intrigue, and having it include handwriting analysis, which is a great interest of mine, was a big bonus.

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Awesome story! Awesome listening experience!

What made the experience of listening to What She Saw the most enjoyable?

The main character immediately pulled me in as the psychological expense built. Aria's narration of Jen's journey to discover who she was and what happened made me feel that I was hearing and feeling Jen's thoughts and emotions.

What other book might you compare What She Saw to and why?

Poison Pen.. I love forensic mysteries.

Have you listened to any of Aria McKenna’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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Twists at every turn ...

Where does What She Saw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the top 20 or so. I would listen to this one again!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes! Without giving anything away I didn't see a lot of the twists and turns coming.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again without giving anything away it was when the lead female character found out who she was.

Any additional comments?

After listening to this story, I am interested in listening to other stories in the "Forensic Handwriting Series".

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Outstanding !!

Superb. I suppose there is a formula for writing crime fiction but Shelia Lowe has certainly cracked it. Claudia Rose is a great heroine and her exploits in forensic hand-writing make. for fantastic reading...I would love to have my hand-writing analysed by her..Narration was great putting voice to a superb crime novel.. highly recommend You won't be disappointed !!

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Great suspense

The beginning of this book is so suspenseful that I was tempted to skip ahead just to get some relief from the anxiety I was feeling. The author did an incredible job dealing with the mad scramble for things to make sense. And what a scramble.

No one and nothing was at it seemed in this wonderful, wonderful mystery. The twists and turns, and good guys versus bad guys, was on a constant swivel. As things became clear there was still so much more intrigue to deal with.

Don't expect the three main characters from the other books in this series to make an appearance. They are very much in the background. This listen is propelled by the mystery of the amnesia victim and the what's and why-for's therein.

The narrator was a great choice for this listen. There was a lot of putting puzzle pieces together, with suspense aplenty, and the narrator was quite adept.

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Piqued my interest in the larger series

When I received this book, I was a little nervous because I had not realized it was part of a larger series. I needn't have worried. Although "What She Saw" has characters from Sheila Lowe's successful Forensic Handwriting Mysteries, my enjoyment of this book was not dampened by my unfamiliarity with Lowe's work.

Story: An interesting, unpredictable mystery
Pacing: Appropriately paced and kept my interest
Narration: Aria McKenna did a nice job

I have been a commitment-phobe with books lately and have generally refused to read anything past the first book in a series. "What She Saw" is certainly a stand-alone book, but it made me want to read more of the Forensic Handwriting Mysteries.

Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for my voluntarily review.

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Excellent story and narration!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The suspense builds from the very start as the woman tries to remember who she is. Through several strokes of luck, she finds out where she lives and works. Then all the twists and turns start. The story begins slowly but builds to an exciting finish. I was really drawn in by the narrator who made me feel the woman's anguish.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.



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WOW!

psychological, thriller, suspense

What a thrill ride! Suspense, confusion, convoluted trail to follow, unscrupulous villains, plus a skilled forensic graphologist accompanied by her law enforcement partner and a semi retired psychologist. The good guys work together to try to help a woman who is lost in amnesia and hunted by unknown others. The characters are fascinating and the plot twists amazing. All is enhanced by the urgency of the narration by Aria McKenna. Loved it!

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Twists and turns galore....................

What She Saw is an absolutely mind-bending tale of twist and turns. I am going to be very careful with this review because I don't want to ruin the amazing experience available for future listeners with any spoilers. Although I have never suffered from amnesia or serious memory loss, the way that Lowe describes the feeling for the main character, Jenna Marcott, as she awakens on a train to somewhere with no memory, no identity and no possessions seemed chillingly believable. As the story progresses and Jenna begins to piece together her history and identity, I kept thinking that I understood what was happening. However, I was wrong each and every time. Lowe writes about Jenna's experience like she is peeling back the thickest of onions one tiny sliver at a time until BAM - a huge reveal. Of course, that is midway through the book and actually only the beginning of the story.

For fans of Lowe's character, Claudia Rose, both her boyfriend and she play an integral part in the development of the plot, but What She Saws has a different feel than the forensic handwriting stories. The story explores some very dark and disturbing themes, but I was left with an overall optimistic feeling at the end. Not to mention, the story is so fascinating and intriguing that I never had the opportunity to let the sad and heavy themes overwhelm the excitement. I can't say enough positive about What She Saw or anything written by Sheila Lowe, and I am anxiously awaiting the future adventures she will pen.

Aria McKenna's narration is superb. Her performance truly made Jenna's absolute terror and pain come to life. She differentiated well between the various characters, and her timing and delivery were perfect. This was my first listen to Ms. McKenna, but I would definitely listen to one of her audiobooks again.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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A twist at every turn, I could not stop listening

Once again, this author grabs you right from the start and doesn't let go until the very end! This story begins with mystery and suspense and doesn’t stop. Just when I thought I had the mystery solved…. another twist, leading you deeper into the labyrinth of conspiracy and deception! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a psychological thriller.

The thing I like most about this book is the story line. Our society and current events completely feed into the concept of this novel. I highly recommend not only this book but also the entire Claudia Rose series. You will not be disappointed!

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  • anne
  • 12-09-19

A mystery on two levels.

This was a very enjoyable story with more than one mystery. Solve one and you still have serious stuff to twist your mind around. Shelia
Lowes very descriptive writing takes you right into the confusing world of our heroine, as she “comes to” and realises that she has amnesia and can’t even remember who she is! As the story unfolds I really was swept along with her frustrations and fears. By the end I felt this would make an excellent start to a series in a political thriller mode, with some of the secondary characters as the leads. The first book of Ms Lowe but definitely not the last!

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  • Karen
  • 07-31-18

Great Thriller

I really enjoyed this book, I wondered why I remembered parts of it, and then realised that I had also read the Kindle version, even knowing I had already read the book, it didnt stop my enjoyment of listening to the story again.

Definately worth a listen if you enjoy your thrillers

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  • Norma Miles
  • 07-14-18

It's so crazy we couldn't make it up.

A woman wakes up on a train, not knowing where she is. She can't remember where she was going, where she came from, who she is. Not even her name. In a panic, she leaves at the first station, not knowing what to do or where to go...
The dramatic opening to What She Saw, and the continuing desperate search for an identity and some explanation as to why she has lost her memories so completely, is well written, starkly conveying the terror of her situation and the unknown reasons for the lingering fears she felt. Her naked emotion is visceral, feeling very real (if, sometimes, rather misguided in her trust issues, given her more blatant, and courageous, attempts to learn about herself). The reader is caught in her dilemma, the need to know more about her urgent. And the discovery of the truth of her past and present is also immaginative, almost plausible. But, sadly, the final denouement felt rushed and, dare I say it? Yes - silly. Like a totally different story slapped onto the end to give some dramatic resolution. Very disappointing.

Narrator Aria McKenna gives it her all, emotion dripping from every sentence, especially in the earlier sequences. And she is good. Her delivery is clear,with good intonation and textual understanding. If anything, she is overly dramatic, her voice sinking low then suddenly crying out piercingly loudly in the next phrase or sentence. It did become, for this reader, too distracting to properly listen to what was actually being said. But after the earlier sequences, this settled down - still emotionally invested but without the hysterical vocal input. This was further assisted by increasing the playback speed to 1.25, giving the narration a little more cohesion without losing any of the clarity of drama. The performance, after that initial hiccough, was excellent, with good character voicings throughout, and the only irritation then being that, although there were often significant pauses between phrases in sentences, there was a similar lack of time between changes of scenes within chapters. Overall, though, she gave a very good narration.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted a complimentary copy of What She Saw, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Sheila Lowe is a talented writer and her ability to get inside a character and draw in her reader is clearly demonstrated in this novel. It is mysterious, compelling and exciting. It is just unfortunate that the final chapters were not better thought out to continue the reality felt in the majority of the book.

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  • Susan Keefe
  • 07-03-14

Brillint myustery thriller.

What made the experience of listening to What She Saw the most enjoyable?

This is the first audiobook I have listened to by this talented author and straight away I found myself drawn in by its brilliant opening.

Imagine the terror of finding yourself on a train, not knowing how you got there, or who you are. Who are the people around you, do they know you? Where are you going, and why? A myriad of questions which your brain cannot answer, because it just doesn’t know. All you know is that you have to find the answers, but how?

The story which unfolds is utterly absorbing as she struggles to piece together her life and the events which have caused her amnesia. However, as she uncovers mysteries and discovers answers, it soon becomes apparent that there are no simple answers, and that things and people are not necessarily as they seem.

What about Aria McKenna’s performance did you like?

The narrator, Aria McKenna brings out the characters and her wonderful voice compliments a storyline guaranteed to keep you guessing right until the very end.

Any additional comments?

One of the cleverest mysteries I have ever listened to with an exciting, yet not confusing plot.