Publication Date January 2019 from Michael Joseph.
Source: Review Copy
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…
So I’ll do a full review of “She Lies In Wait” much nearer publication but I wanted to put it on your reading radars for early next year because it is a beautifully written character drama with a genuinely poetic sense to it that makes it both a bit of a page turner and a literary delight.
We follow a group of friends over two timelines as a girl goes missing during an overnight camping trip and years later her body is discovered. What happened that night is slowly revealed over the course of the novel and it is utterly compelling, written with insight and a strong emotional core.
Gytha Lodge is a genuine talent, she puts you in the moment, plays with perception, digs deep into the lives and experiences of her characters then leads you to the truth. The group dynamic is cleverly satisfying, with an edgy sense of the unpredictable.
I loved it. If you are a crime fan don’t miss it.