Author: Gytha Lodge
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 400 pages
Release Date: 21 March 2019 (Hardback)
Publisher: Micheal Joseph
My thanks to Jenny Platt at Michael Joseph for the invite on this blog tour and the copy of the book provided for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust?
On a hot July night 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 . . .
I absolutely love a plot where a significant period of time has passed since the murder/event/scenario. It makes for some really unreliable characters and makes you question everyone as to their truthfulness. Especially when you consider that this plot involves 6 characters and one of them must have been responsible, yet all of them are proclaiming their innocence. Well this book just straight away held my interest!
The book is told from many view points, including the six friends who were present in the woods that night and various policemen investigating the crime 30 years later. There are also flashback chapters to Aurora’s version of events over the course of that evening.
Sometimes I find when a book is told from many different characters perspectives it can be easy to get lost in the narration and forget what happened to which character and which character thought what. I didn’t find that with this book however, I actually really enjoyed that we got to see the story through many different eyes as it helped to cast shadow and doubt over all of them. I really enjoyed how the author cast suspicion over multiple characters, even one of the investigating policemen!
I genuinely had no idea who was responsible for Aurora’s death and what the motive would have been until the end when all is revealed. I think considering this is the author’s debut novel she has done a remarkable job at keeping the plot in place despite shifting back and forth from character to character. She also moves the book along at a good pace, I never found myself reading a chapter and then thinking ‘that didn’t add much’. The book was always moving forward towards ultimately finding out what happened to Aurora.
I really enjoyed this book and if this is the level of writing from the author on her first debut novel then I honestly can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
About the Author
Gytha 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.
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