Wednesday, May 24, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Woman in Carriage 3



An ordinary journey. A shocking secret. And the perfect murder…

Breathlessly, I rush into carriage 3 just as the train doors slam behind me. It’s the same train I get home every night – the 18.53 – and I always sit in the same seat, with the same people. Each journey is fairly uneventful. Except this one…

A passenger drops dead and shockwaves ripple through the train. The lights go out and we’re left waiting in darkness, trapped until further notice. Is it an accident, or something more sinister?

The unwritten rule is you don’t talk to your fellow commuters, but the group of people huddled around me all seem like nice, normal people. I just hope they don’t notice my dishevelled hair or smell the alcohol on my breath. Because my life is far from perfect and there are things I’ve done I’m not proud of.

But as we all get to know each other, I wonder if I can really trust them? Or are they all hiding dangerous secrets…

Was someone in carriage 3 involved in the passenger’s death? 
And if so, how far will they go to stop the rest of us finding the truth?

An absolutely addictive psychological thriller that will keep you up late into the night. If you love Behind Closed DoorsGone Girl and The Perfect Couple, you’ll be gripped.



Title:   The Woman in Carriage 3
Author:  Alison James
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle and Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Jan Kramer
No. of Pages:   286    
Date of Publication:  May 22, 2023  
My Rating:   4 Stars

Thirty-year-old Hattie has been living a hum-drum life. Commuting daily on the 18:53 train has always been uneventful and quiet. That all changes when one of the passengers dies on the train. Until his death, everyone riding was in their own world. Now, they are talking to one another. Considering the victim died while the train was in motion, one of them must be the killer, and Hattie and the others begin to form a strange bond. They even form a WhatsApp group and chat while not commuting. 

Interestingly, this latest book by Alison James has four narrators. Besides Hattie being the main narrator, there are Julian, Louis and Neil. In addition, there are other regular riders on the train, including Casper, a man that Harriet finds herself drawn to. As I listened to the narration of this audiobook, I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the changing points of view and characters. Although quite a bit of the story took place off train, Hattie’s messy life was made abundantly clear. Between binge drinking and one night stands, her life was rather like a runaway train. 

Even with a few twists, some might guess the killer, as the list of suspects is quite short. Even so, this book was an intriguing read made even better with the excellent narration by Jan Kramer. With even pacing, this engaging read kept my attention throughout. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Alison James was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, she worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

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