Book Review: She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

Cover Image of She Lies in Wait by Gytha LodgeAuthor: Gytha Lodge

File Size: 2678 KB

Print Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Random House (January 8, 2019)

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Sold by: Random House LLC

ISBN: 9781984817358

Buy it here: Amazon

Source: I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl is missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in an absorbing novel featuring a small-town cop determined to finally get to the truth—for fans of Tana French and Kate Atkinson.

On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and the youngest of the group—Aurora Jackson—is delighted to be allowed to tag along. The evening starts like any other—they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But by morning, Aurora has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched, but no trace of the teenager is ever found.

Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is unearthed in a hideaway that only the six friends knew about, and Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, as a young cop in their small town, he had known the teenagers—including Aurora—personally, even before taking part in the search. Now he’s determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. Sheens’s investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events that left one of them dead, and all of them profoundly changed forever.

This searing, psychologically captivating novel marks the arrival of a dazzling new talent, and the start of a new series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens.

My Thoughts

She Lies in Wait is a book of who did it.  A group of friends goes camping and one disappears, not to be found until many years later.  Who is responsible? Will she be found and if so, will she be alive?  Each person is telling a different story yet with each story, a snippet of truth is revealed.

The premise of the book is great and I enjoyed it.  The only hesitation is that it felt slow moving.  A lot of the book was an explanation of the investigation.   It didn’t include much action.


“There’s nothing out there that isn’t for you. You just need to give the world a chance.”



About the Author

Gytha Lodge, author of She Lies in WaitGytha 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 and can be preordered in the US and the UK here:

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