She Lies in Wait (Hardback)Gytha Lodge (author)
Nuanced characterisation drives this excellent debut thriller, the first in what promises to be a winning new detective series. Moving between the time of a teenage girl’s disappearance after a camping trip gone wrong and the discovery of her body 30 years later, Lodge’s novel explores what time and guilt might do to relationships stranded on the rocks of one night’s mistakes.
Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?
1983 was the year everything changed. The year they had to grow up.
Because 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 she was found somewhere only they knew about.
Everyone's a suspect now.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 616 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
'What a marvel! A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller - yet it doubles as a tender ode to loss and longing. Prepare to be haunted.' - A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
'An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder.' - Sunday Times
'A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal.' - Nicci French
'This enjoyably chilling suspense tale conveys both the thrills and the dangers of being a teenager on the brink of adult independence... The obvious questions of how she died and at whose hand are properly dealt with. But the fascination of this story is in the character studies of the surviving children, all grown up now and participants in a dark mystery that they all wish had never seen the light of day.' - New York Times
'I loved it. A SUPERIOR crime book.' - Marian Keyes
'She Lies in Wait delivers on just about every level - a killer premise, an absorbing plot that twists and turns at just the right pace, and in DCI Jonah Sheens a lead detective who has hit the page fully-formed and instantly likeable. One to watch!' - Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
'In this cracking, page-turning thriller, Gytha Lodge brings the reader on a twisty edgy ride, flipping deftly between two timelines as it races towards the reveal. Gripping stuff.' - Karen Perry, bestselling author of Girl Unknown
'A gripping, atmospheric thriller and hugely promising debut.' - Image
'A stunning debut. Brilliantly formed characters and a twisty, clever plot had me turning pages well past my bed time.' - Heidi Perks, author of Now You See Her
'A strong debut thriller with dual timelines. Mysterious, stylish, and utterly compelling.' - Will Dean, bestselling author of Dark Pines
'By turns elegant and savage, absorbing and clinical, She Lies In Wait is one of those rare debuts that stops you dead, commands you to turn each page, and leaves you piecing together a story you are desperate to unfold yet loath to finish. Seriously impressive.' - Chris Whitaker, CWA Dagger-winning author of Tall Oaks
'A stunner, a proper whodunnit. It kept me up well past bed-time, turning those pages. Well-plotted, brilliant characters, beautifully written: a sure-fire hit.' - Jo Spain, author of The Confession
'With a punchy hook, this is the perfect read for a book club.' - Cambridge Edition
'Gytha Lodge is an incredibly talented writer and this is an haunting, assured debut that will stay with the reader long after they've finished the last page.' -Jessica Barry, author of Freefall
'An atmospheric debut... Lodge smoothly intercuts the present-day police probe by whip-sharp recent transfer Det. Constable Juliette Hanson and other team members with flashbacks to the last day of Aurora's life as seen through her eyes... This psychological thriller marks a promising start to a planned series.' - Publishers Weekly
'Sheens and his team are compassionate, clever, and likeable... The mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre. There are already two more DCI Sheens novels in the works - hooray!' - Kirkus
'Masterful and immersive, told with pace and nuance - totally gripping. The tension wracks up page after page. A fantastic book, a sure-fire bestseller.' - Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands
'I thoroughly enjoyed it - a great evocation of being a teenager, and a tense meshing of time lines. I'm very glad it's the start of a series.' - Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
'Most enjoyable - Gytha Lodge is a skilled storyteller and she weaves such an intricate plot. The book hooked me early on and kept me up way past my bedtime on several nights! The team of detectives Gytha has put together is top notch. All in all, a very satisfying read.' - James Oswald
'She Lies in Wait drew me in from the very first page. Gytha Lodge has created a compulsive crime novel with a heartbreaking story and a complex plot as well as a whole set of brilliant characters, especially the clever and likeable DCI Sheens. Difficult to put down, it kept me guessing until the end.' - Jenny Quintana, author of The Missing Girl
'I can't remember a debut I read with such pleasure - a really masterful handling of complex plot and beautiful characterisation.' - Helen Callaghan, author of Dear Amy
'An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder.' - The Sunday Times 'A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal.' - Nicci French 'A stunning debut. Brilliantly formed characters and a twisty, clever plot had me turning pages well past my bed time.' - Heidi Perks, bestselling author of Now You See Her
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“Well-developed mystery meets underdeveloped characters”
‘She Lies in Wait’ is the first in a police procedural series about DCI Sheens. Unfortunately, I didn’t find DCI Sheens a particularly likable or compelling character, so my foray into this series ends here (pro-tip:... More
“The quality of writing here is superb and I was engrossed from start to finish.”
'She Lies in wait' Is a police procedure mystery: the first in the series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens.
It explores the cold case of thirty years missing school girl Aurora Jackson who vanished back in 1983... More
Aurora was out camping with her older sister and her sister's friends when she vanished. That was thirty years ago. Her body is found a few hundred yards from where they'd been camping. How had they missed... More
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