she lies in wait ; by gytha lodge! {book review}

I’m so excited to be part of another book tour with Penguin, it’s so exciting to get these books early, and give them my thoughts, forever feeling verrry grateful! I have a goodie here today, so excited to have a little chat about it with you.



On a hot July in 1983, six school friends go camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and young Aurora Jackson is dazzled to be allowed to tag along.

Thirty years later, a body is discovered. DCI Sheens is called to the scene, but he already knows what’s waiting for him: Aurora Jackson, found at long last.

But that’s not all. The friends have all maintained their innocence, but the body is found in a hideaway only the six of them knew about.

It seems the killer has always lurked very close to home…

About the Author

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards, and devolved a huge online following for her young adult and children’s writing, with over six million reads accrued on platform Wattpad. She Lies In Wait is her debut novel.

My Thoughts

4/5 Stars

I love anything detective wise, if it’s TV or a book, so I was so excited about this book, I just knew I’d love it, the blurb when I read it had my thinking some many questions before I’d even started. I like a book where you think along and try and work it out, and for me this is exactly what this was, and the police went through each detail of the investigation. It was more detailed than a classic thriller that goes fast and has you on the edge most of the time, but I preferred this way of writing.

I sped through it, I really couldn’t put it down, wanting more details, so I could work it out in my head. The book is told in two different time lines, one being the now as the detectives try and uncover what happened, and the other going back and being told from the point of Aurora herself. I quite enjoy a novel that goes back and forward as long as it’s clear, which it is, with alternating chapters.

Throughout the book DCI Johan Sheen has unwrap the secrets about what happened 30 years ago, but with the group still keeping close, his work is cut out for him.. I didn’t work it out at all, which is a good sign right!? I loved this debut, and I can’t wait to read more for Gytha in the future.

[ She Lies In Wait by Gytha Lodge is out on the 21st of March, eep, get it in your diaries! ]
A huge thanks to Jenny over at Penguin & Gytha for sending me this copy to review, and allowing me to be part of this book tour. It was so exciting to get to read this early! {gifted}.

x S


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