Reviews for What Jennifer Saw
"Told in quick chapters and straightforward prose, this mystery novel takes on grief, trauma, murder and even insanity with a deft hand. The layers of insight and research are apparent as the characters struggle with one another and themselves with an admirable verisimilitude. Readers who find mysteries to be lacking in depth and character development will be pleased to find both areas well-tended to here, executed effectively with a fast-paced and exciting read.
A gripping tale of suspense, family dynamics and trauma's fallout."
US Review of Books:
"This book has it all -- intrigue, adultery, apparitions, murder, sociopaths, misogynists, mental illness, ethical misconduct, abuse, terror and evil ... It has surprising twists which keep the reader engaged throughout the entire book."
Deborah Cobb, Educator, NetGalley reviewer
"This book is a page-turner. Once the action gets started, you learn just enough about each character to be intrigued by his or her possible motivations, wondering all the while who will be unmasked as the killer, and the plot slowly unwinds to show that there are many possible suspects. Schweig gets most aspects of his characters' lives nailed down, from the wealthy family with perfect children to the journalist who wants a little more from her life to the tawdriness on the other side of town. There's a lot going on in the book but the action accelerates to a fever pitch and an unlikely climax. Wouldn't it be great to get a follow-up book about Jennifer's life afterward...?"
Shannon Watz, NetGalley Reviewer
"This was a great read. The plot was well written and i was hooked from the first chapter. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the unexpected end. I won't give away the plot, it's better to watch it unfold for yourself. I will say I stayed up late reading to see what would happen next. A great murder mystery. The main characters are well written, the good and the bad. A few of the minor characters could have been fleshed out a bit more.
The only thing I didn't really like is I thought Kay and Dr. Cutler got together rather quickly, but then again, if there is a strong attraction it is hard to deny. So a small point really in the overall plot of the book.
There were some mistakes and some spacing errors but if you can look past those, a good read. A good proof reading would do wonders to help the flow of the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great murder mystery that will grab you from the first chapter and keep you guessing until the end. I will be looking for more books by this author."
Charles Fabiszak, NetGalley Reviewer
"A plot that is sure to please all who read. I just could not put the book down, I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. I look forward to seeing what the author has in store next."
Erin Clemence, NetGalley Reviewer
“'What Jennifer Saw'” by Hal Schweig had me thinking two things. The first is; who is Hal Schweig? And the second was; when is be publishing again?
In this psychological thriller by a refreshing new author, we are introduced to a wide array of eclectic characters. The plot begins when one of these characters, a well-known and community-loved businessman named Jim Harris, is shot dead in his home. A reader is led on many different paths throughout this novel, which I loved, and many different characters are believed to be the culprit.
Initially, the blame is cast on the lead investigator (isn’t it always?) and in fact, this character is almost so believable as the murderer, that I was left feeling disappointed that the killer had been revealed so soon! However, I should’ve had more faith in Schweig’s storytelling, as it was indeed not whom I expected. Schweig takes a seemingly utopian suburban community and turns it on its heels. We are led to trust no one, and are reassured that no one is whom they appear to be. Adultery, secrets and scandal are just some of the clandestine vices that our seemingly perfect characters display.
This book, in its structure and character formulation, reminded me a little bit of “Under the Dome” by Stephen King. I saw this because “What Jennifer Saw” starts with an overly large large collection of characters, and it is not until the character selection is narrowed down to a couple prominent players, that a reader is able to keep better track of the plot line. Then the book basically becomes completely “un-put-down-able”.
The story line in itself is original and creative, and the characters are passionate and very literally unstable (which make them fascinating). As I came to the end of the book I began to panic, as the pages were getting fewer but the plot line was not slowing down. I expected an abrupt, unfinished ending and was extremely satisfied when this turned out not to be the case. The epilogue even provided a comforting ending for all the important players. I will be keeping an eye out for more of Schweig’s work!"
Hal Dickens, staff member, Skokie (Illinois) Public Library:
"This is a great read! I couldn't put this book down until I found out the answer to the mystery. It also has one of the most terrifying villains I've ever seen in a book."
HUFFINGTON POST RECOMMENDS WHAT JENNIFER SAW FOR FANS OF GONE GIRL
Gone Girl, a mystery, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly two years. That the Huffington Post writer compares What Jennifer Saw to Gone Girl is a huge endorsement for Hal Schweig's book.