Book of the Week / 34

Hi everyone! And welcome back to a brand new book review! I hope you’re having a great day, thanks for stopping by.

This weeks book was quite a large read for me, because of this it has taken a while for me to get my review out. Also, I’ve been hooked on watching Married At First Sight. I am glad it is finally over as it was taking over my life a little too much. But WOW it is a show you definitely need the popcorn out for, or in my case, chocolate.

Anyway, lets get to this weeks book:

She Lies In Wait by Gytha Lodge


“On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers go 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.”

Yet again, this is another crime and mystery book that I have thoroughly enjoyed. You really get to learn about the group of teen friends –

  • Topaz, Aurora’s wild older sister
  • Daniel, the wealthy one
  • Connor, the tattooed one
  • Jojo the independent tomboy
  • Coralie, Topaz’s shadow
  • Brett, the star athlete, and the newest member of the group

Seven teenagers went camping, and only six returned. This was a page turning book that I didn’t want to put down. The main character in the book is Jonah Sheens – and you get to know him very well. He came across as a very strong character, but not one to share his personal life and experiences, like most detectives. Too be honest, I didn’t really like most of the characters, except detective Sheens.

If you want a good crime book to read, this one is a good choice. Will you be able to work out the killer? It wasn’t who I thought.

I picked up this book at the department store one day – I read the blurb and thought it sounded up my alley, so I thought I would purchase and give it a shot. I’m glad I did, and I hope you can get hold of this one and enjoy it yourself too. This book is based 30 years after the disappearance of Aurora Jackson. This is a fairly new book, that was released in January 2019.

About the Author
Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. She also blogs about being a single parent and how it is to bring up a mega-nerd son.

She has an addiction to awful puns, tea and crosswords.

She studied English at Cambridge, where she became known very quickly for her twisty, dark and entertaining drama. She has signed with Penguin Random House worldwide for the first three books in her crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens.

The genre for this one is mystery, fiction and thriller.

This one wasn’t my favourite, but it was enjoyable.

I rate it a 7/10.

Thanks for reading my review!

Chelsea x

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