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?
She Lies In Wait is available in ebook now and in hardback on the 21st March 2019. You can purchase or pre-order your copy using the link below.
She Lies In Wait is a gripping, twisty crime thriller which is one of the best books I’ve read for a while.
The story is told in two timelines, one follows Jonah as he tries to piece together clues from the case that has haunted him for years. The other follows murder victim Aurora’s story from 1983 and the events that took place the night of her disappearance. This is exceptionally well done with the author slowly revealing little bits about each of the characters and clues about what happened the night of Aurora’s disappearance. Through doing this the reader quickly realises that everything isn’t quite a simple as they first seem making the whole scenario very intriguing and ensuring that I was thoroughly gripped. The book reminded me a little of the film Stand By Me as it had, especially at the beginning, a nostalgic quality of childhood friendships.
The setting of the woods is one that the author uses to her full advantage and helps add to the creepy feeling of the book. I felt that anything or anyone could be hiding in the woods and the synopsis for the book obviously hints that something might be. I physically jumped on a few occasions when something happened and found myself on edge when one of the characters, especially Aurora, drifts away from group. The tension and anticipation slowly increases as the book goes on making the book hard to put down.
It’s hard to say much about this book for fear of giving too much away but needless to say it is brilliantly plotted and as the two timelines continue the book becomes incredibly gripping and tense. I think I suspected all six of the suspects in turn throughout the book as what happened is slowly revealed which is always a sign of good writing. The twist at the end was exceptionally well done and took me by surprise which I always love!
This unbelievably is the author’s debut novel and I’m very excited to read anything she comes up with next. If you like tense, gripping and twisty crime novels that keep you guessing then you’ll love this book. It’s definitely one of my favourite books this year.
Huge thanks to Jenny Platt from Michael St Joseph’s for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
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 will be released in January 2019.