What Jennifer Saw by Hal Schweig
Genre: Psychological Murder Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: November 7, 2013
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
A riveting tale of mystery and suspense. From prologue to epilogue, the story kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.
First off for the record: There are many mixed reviews out there. Clearly anyone giving this novel a bad review doesn’t like the mystery/thriller genre and shouldn’t be reading it in the first place…just saying. Though I do typically stay in the paranormal/contemporary romance genre, occasionally I want to read something that will give me chills and keep me up at night. This one did not disappoint.
Jennifer or Jenny Harris is the fifteen year old daughter of wealthy businessman Jim Harris. On one fateful night Jim is murdered, execution style, in his own home. The only witness to his murder is Jennifer. Suffering from PTSD she can not seem to remember the face of the killer. Distraught she falls into a deep depression.
The murder of Jim Harris has the entire town of Monroeville, Missouri in an uproar. In comes in Lt. Braun….that is one sick bastard if you ask me. Teaspoon…is all I’m saying…wow. He is pure evil but unfortunately beside his wife, whom he abuses regularly, there is only one other person that knows his true nature and he’s too afraid to tell anyone.
The town wants answers so they hire Psychologist Dr. Simon to help Jennifer remember the killer. It doesn’t take Dr. Simon long to determine that Jennifer is suffering from not only PTSD but multi-personality disorder as well. I wish I could tell you more about her different personalities but it would really ruin the story for you. Let’s just say that after some things come to surface you find out what drove her to have the mental disorder.
Dr. Simon knows that he is in way over his head, so in order to save his patients mentality he asks for assistance from former renowned Psychiatrist Dr. Adler. He used to be a brilliant therapist with experience in dealing with patients with MPD before his daughter committed suicide. Now he is just a washed up recluse hiding from reality and living with guilt.
After sometime Dr. Adler finally travels to Monroeville to help save Jennifer from herself.
Reporter Kay Cutler is waiting for her big break. She knows she is better than just writing women’s features in the Clarion. When Jim’s murder occurred she knows this could be her ticket to the front page. But her boss is a real jackass and will not listen to any thing she says. So she takes a chance and tries to discover the killer herself. She gets a tip from a very reliable source that Lt. Braun and Jim Harris knew one another and had a shady history together.
When the source comes up murdered is when the book really kicks it up a notch. Every chapter leaves you thinking a different person did it lol. There are several people with motives. Secrets are revealed, lives are forever changed and poor Jennifer is stuck in the middle of all of it. The ending WHEW was a real rollercoaster ride. If someone were to try to touch my book then I would have bitten their arm off
Favorite Scene: The last chapter.
“I keep a diary which I write in everyday, but no one at home knows that because I keep it locked in my desk and I wear the key around my neck, but sometimes I’ve read things in the diary I don’t remember writing, about things that never happened to me. And it’s not in my handwriting!