She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
3.5 Stars

Who killed Aurora Jackson? Jonah Sheens untangles a web of long-buried secrets in this outstanding debut thriller by the most exciting new voice in upmarket crime fiction.

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. And 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…

My first impression of this book was that it reminded me of In the Woods by Tana French. This book alternates POVs between the detectives following the 30 year old murder case, the activities of the teenagers on the night it happened, and the teenagers, now adults, in present day. As in In the Woods, the lead investigator DCI Sheens, knew the victim and the group of teenagers that are all suspects in the murder.

This book started off pretty slow. There weren’t any major twists or surprises that made me want to continue reading. It was well written in typical detective/mystery fashion. It started to get interesting a little over half way through. There were some interesting revelations and action scenes that appeared, making me want to continue the story, eager to find out what will happen next.

Overall, I gave it a 3.5 because I might have DNF if hadn’t been an ARC. It was interesting enough that I may have picked it up for another day, but I didn’t feel engrossed by the story until the latter half of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in mystery and detective novels.

Thanks for reading!

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