BOOK REVIEW: She Lies in Wait (DCI Jonah Sheens #1) by Gytha Lodge #BookReview @thegyth @randomhouse

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Publisher: Random House

Release Date: January 08, 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction / Detective Fiction / Mystery


Goodreads Blurb:

Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?

Seven friends went down to the woods, but one of them never came home.

30 years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens already knows what’s waiting for him – Aurora Jackson, found at last.

They all claim to be innocent, but one of them must be lying.

Because she was found somewhere only they knew about.

Now everyone’s a suspect.

My Thoughts:

First off, I love the synopsis of She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge. It is so short, and I love that it doesn’t give anything at all away. It was what initially interested me in the book, and I am happy to report that I really, really enjoyed it!

She Lies in Wait is part police procedural and part mystery/thriller, and I loved all of the different viewpoints. The fact that there are so many of them and quite a few different characters may end up confusing some readers, but I was able to keep all of them straight for the most part. I thought it was really impressive that this is a debut since it didn’t read that way to me at all. The plot and characters were complex, and I liked how all the layers were peeled back throughout the book up until the big reveal at the end. My two favorite characters were DCI Sheens and DC Hanson, and I hope to see a lot more of them in future books.

I enjoyed that the book alternated chapters between present characters with chapters from Aurora in the past up until her death. I am a huge fan of when author’s do that and I loved the inclusion of it for this one. I also loved Lodge’s writing style and She Lies in Wait kept me interested the whole time. I think it would be a really quick read for a lot of people. I also didn’t see the ending coming and it completely surprised me. There are definitely some disturbing aspects to the novel but for the most part it was just a steady-paced mystery with a jaw-dropping ending. Highly recommend to lovers of mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to the publisher for my advance review copy via NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are my own.



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