Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?
Six friends go down to the woods.
But one never comes home.
Now, a body has been found.
They thought they’d got away with it.
But now they’re all suspects.
Who do you trust?
“A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal” Nicci French
On a hot July night in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along.
Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson, found at long last.
But that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway only the six of them knew about.
It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…
Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen and it shows – you really see this tale unfolding as you read it and I’d love to see it being made into a film one day. This gripping, fascinating and intriguing read never feels like a series of characters in search of a story – it keeps you absolutely wrapped up in its narrative and it is definitely one of Gytha’s strengths as a writer that I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I’d found out exactly what had happened all those years ago. I’d like to thank Jenny Platt for inviting me onto the tour and introducing me to another fantastic new fictional detective – DCI Jonah Sheens
Having enjoyed the sound of the blurb and feeling intrigued to find out exactly what had happened to Aurora, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of She Lies in Wait as I loved the premise and was just in the mood for a book that would keep me hooked after reading some non -fiction before hand. Let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed and can honestly say that it kept my attention and let my marking pile grow higher and higher as I was so keen to get it finished.
When we hear that a body has been discovered, it’s intriguing to wonder exactly what happened that night and speculate about who you think was involved and to what extent their actions – or lack of them – might be linked to the murder. It’s no surprise that lots of breadcrumbs are laid by Gytha Lodge in order to try and make sure we are intrigued to find out more about Aurora’s mysterious death and possibly get to the bottom of what exactly everyone is hiding
I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to dwell too long on the plot of She Lies In Wait – suffice to say that the skilful way that Gytha Lodge weaves the two time frames of both the past and present is superbly done and remains convincing throughout. I know at times it can feel like the fictional world is saturated with time shifts showing with two very different perspectives which collide pleasingly and create plenty of room for speculation and questions but this time it’s really well done. The ‘past’ allows you to get to know Aurora as a person, rather than just a victim and added another layer of enjoyment for the reader through this device.
I loved the way that this novel wove both threads together – a convincing depiction of the friends’ camping trip juxtaposes nicely with the investigation in the present day and allows you to move between them and see both sides of the ‘event’ – and I also enjoyed the way that we are introduced to DCI Jonah Sheens and discovering that there is a lot more to him below the surface that we might at first have assumed. I definitely look forward to finding out more about him in subsequent novels and think he is definitely set to be one of my favourite fictional investigators.
She Lies In Wait is definitely one of those novels that stays with you long after closing its final page and one that I will definitely be recommending to my friends – it packs a powerful punch; keeping you guessing throughout and firmly convinced by the fictional world it pulls you into.
If you enjoy an immersive and well-crafted piece of fiction that will keep you on your toes, then you will love this book as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what DCI Jonah Sheens does next and like I said, I’d love to see him on my screen one day. I’m a sucker for a great detective and feel like the characters in this book feel like they’ve stepped right off the page and you’re following their exploits from inside the story alongside them.
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Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. She is also a single parent who blogs about the ridiculousness of bringing up a mega-nerd small boy.
She has a profound addiction to tea, crosswords and awful puns. When not writing, she heads up a copywriting team at a global translation firm, where she generally tries to keep all the video-game writing to herself.
She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known quite quickly for her brand of twisty, dark yet entertaining drama. She later took the Creative Writing MA at UEA.
She has signed with Penguin Random House worldwide for the first three books in her crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens.
She Lies in Wait was released in January 2019.