I am very pleased to be on the official blog tour for She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge!
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.
Lodge creates an intense and creepy atmosphere in this fast-paced ambitious novel. I was transported into a world of friendship, murder, and betrayal…
I adore crime thrillers. Whenever I am in a reading slump, its nearly always a crime novel I turn to.
A great crime novel has three things in my opinion- interesting characters, a brilliant plot, and a twist ending. This novel has all three, but the plot really takes the centre stage here. I was fascinated by how the mystery was structured around the characters and time frame. An outsider cop acts as a reflection of the reader- going into unknown territory with only a handful of facts, but six suspects.
The characters themselves are intriguing. Because the book is written in the third person, the reader gets an overall perspective of the suspects and has to second guess themselves at every turn. The amount of twists, red herrings, and rabbit holes in this book really brings out the tension of the novel. Everything from the characters to the investigation is not as clear as it should be…
I think that Lodge had created a promising debut and I can’t wait to read more from her. One of the things I really did take from this book is that there is more than one way to write a crime thriller. The level of detail and imagery was astounding, but not distracting. It fit well with the plot and led the reader down some dark paths. You really feel engaged with the story and I was racing to finish the book!
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to branch out into the crime thriller genre, and for those who are already full immersed. This gripping and enticing debut marks a fascinating discovery and brings a crime back from the dead- literally!
How to get your hands on a copy
Thank you to Jenny Platt from Penguin Random House for my copy and my spot on the blog tour!
See below for the rest of the tour!
Happy reading! Lx