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She Lies in Wait

(2019)
(The first book in the DCI Jonah Sheens series)
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SIX FRIENDS. ONE KILLER. WHO DO YOU TRUST? . . . THE GRIPPING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK

'Literally makes you hold your breath' VAL MCDERMID
'A chilling cold case that comes alive' 5***** READER REVIEW
'A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller' AJ FINN
'Twists and turns all the way. A must read!' 5***** READER REVIEW
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Seven teenagers went down to the woods. Only six came back . . .

30 years later, a body is discovered.

DCI Sheens already knows what's waiting for him - Aurora Jackson, found at last.

What he doesn't already know is that it's murder.

When all six witnesses insist on their innocence, DCI Sheens is sure one of them is lying.

But who?
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'I loved it. A SUPERIOR crime novel' Marian Keyes

'An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder' The Sunday Times

'A refreshing and original thriller with plot twists you never see coming!' 5***** Reader Review

'A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal' Nicci French

'A stunning debut. Brilliantly formed characters and a twisty, clever plot had me turning pages well past my bed time' Heidi Perks, bestselling author of Now You See Her

'5***** This twisty-turny read is a cut above the rest because of the brilliant writing' Sun



Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I can't remember a debut I read with such pleasure - a really masterful handling of complex plot and beautiful characterisation." - Helen Callaghan

"A strong debut thriller with dual timelines. Mysterious, stylish, and utterly compelling." - Will Dean

"She Lies in Wait delivers on just about every level - a killer premise, an absorbing plot that twists and turns at just the right pace, and in DCI Jonah Sheens a lead detective who has hit the page fully-formed and instantly likeable. One to watch!" - Caz Frear

"A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal." - Nicci French

"I loved it. A SUPERIOR crime book." - Marian Keyes

"Most enjoyable - Gytha Lodge is a skilled storyteller and she weaves such an intricate plot. The book hooked me early on and kept me up way past my bedtime on several nights! The team of detectives Gytha has put together is top notch. All in all, a very satisfying read." - James Oswald

"The discovery of human remains hidden in the woods forces six friends to relive the night that ended their innocence. In this cracking, page-turning thriller, Gytha Lodge brings the reader on a twisty edgy ride, flipping deftly between two timelines as it races towards the reveal. Gripping stuff." - Karen Perry

"She Lies in Wait drew me in from the very first page. Gytha Lodge has created a compulsive crime novel with a heartbreaking story and a complex plot as well as a whole set of brilliant characters, especially the clever and likeable DCI Sheens. Difficult to put down, it kept me guessing until the end." - Jenny Quintana

"A stunner, a proper whodunnit. It kept me up well past bed-time, turning those pages. Well-plotted, brilliant characters, beautifully written: a sure-fire hit." - Jo Spain

"By turns elegant and savage, absorbing and clinical, She Lies In Wait is one of those rare debuts that stops you dead, commands you to turn each page, and leaves you piecing together a story you are desperate to unfold yet loath to finish. Seriously impressive." - Chris Whitaker


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