‘She Lies In Wait’ by Gytha Lodge


Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?

1983 was the year everything changed. The year they had to grow up.

Because six 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.


My Review

‘She Lies In Wait’ is Gytha Lodge’s debut crime novel and blimey oh riley what a debut novel it is.  I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

Gytha has one of those fabulous writing styles that immediately draws you into the story and makes you feel as though you are a character in the story yourself.  That’s what happened to me anyway.  She has created such realistic characters that they seemed to come to life and jump off the page as it were.  I felt at ease with the majority of the characters.  I can’t say that I warmed to them totally but that’s not a bad thing as it means I don’t feel any emotional ties to a particular character and I didn’t favour one over the other.

In my opinion  ‘She Lies In Wait’ is one fantastically written book.  The book is written using a dual timeline.  It follows events as they happen in the present day but every so often there is a flashback to the last remaining hours of Aurora’s life.  I thought that this would be a bit confusing (it doesn’t take much to confuse me) but it so isn’t.  Both time lines interlink really well and the story flows seamlessly.  One timeline complemented the other.  I hope that makes sense.  Gytha has written the book so well that I felt part of the story.  I felt like one of the investigating team and found that I was even giving the police advice on where to look or what to do.  I find that if I find a book well written, I tend to get far too involved in the story and begin to interact with the ‘book’.  I know this is fiction but I have a far too vivid imagination and I can get easily carried away.

I became addicted to reading this book before I had even finished the first page.  Gytha drew me in and once she had me in her clutches, I couldn’t get out- not that I am complaining.  I binge read this fabulous book over the space of a day as I found it to be unputdownable.  It wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it came everywhere with me.  I feared that if I put the book down I might miss something.  Reading this book as quickly as I did gave me a real sense of the intense investigation and I felt the same pressure that the police did.

Reading this book was like being on a very unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride with no idea of which direction the story will take you in next.  This is one of those books that kept me on my toes, kept me guessing and above all it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘She Lies In Wait’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I can’t wait to read what Gytha comes up with next.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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