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She Lies in Wait : A Novel

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"One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. 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 in the morning, the youngest in the group, 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 found. The search is eventually called off. Thirty years later Aurora's body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, he had played a part in the search as a young cop, and their small-town community meant he had known the teenagers--including Aurora--personally. Now, he's determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. His investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events of that night--events that left one of them dead, and all of them profoundly and forever changed"--

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What could have happened to Aurora? Someone knows but isn't telling. Uncovering bones from a thirty-year-old disappearance/murder case wasn't something the police thought would happen after their very thorough search and investigation back then. The remains of fourteen-year-old Aurora Jackson was a shock to the six teens that had been with her as well as the town and her parents. Everyone believed she had been kidnapped or had run away not murdered. SHE LIES IN WAIT goes back and forth from 1983 to the present telling the story of what happened at the campsite, how the investigation was exhaustive and came up with nothing, and moves to present day with the interviewing of the now-adult teens and the re-opening of the case. Opening the case meant bringing the six friends together at the station for a meeting. Was that a good idea or had there been collaboration beforehand? Are they all only going to try to save themselves? Will one of the friends say things that had not been said before and reveal something that could get that person arrested? The investigation turned up some facts that had been overlooked and involved a person that was not one of the six friends. SHE LIES IN WAIT moves smoothly from one chapter to the next and holds your interest because of all the questions about what really happened and who was lying back then and who was still lying now. If you enjoy being a detective, you will definitely enjoy SHE LIES IN WAIT. The story line is good and nicely carried out with some twists and of course secrets being kept. 5/5 This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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"One night during the scorching summer of 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the forest. 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 in the morning, the youngest in the group, 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 found. The search is eventually called off. Thirty years later Aurora's body is unearthed and Jonah Sheens is the detective put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, he had played a part in the search as a young cop, and their small-town community meant he had known the teenagers--including Aurora--personally. Now, he's determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. His investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events of that night--events that left one of them dead, and all of them profoundly and forever changed"-- Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl is missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in “a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal.” (Nicci French).
 
“This enjoyably chilling suspense tale . . . conveys both the thrills and the dangers of being a teenager on the brink of adult independence.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes camping in the forest. When they wake in the morning the youngest of their group, Aurora Jackson, has disappeared. 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.
 
This searing, psychologically captivating novel marks the arrival of a dazzling new talent, and the start of a new series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens.
 
Praise for She Lies in Wait

“A novel that literally makes you hold your breath then gasp out loud.” —Val McDermid

She Lies in Wait is an atmospheric, deeply satisfying, well-written mystery whose resolution rings true after lots of false leads and blind alleys. A remarkably adept first novel. One hopes there will be many more to come.” Daily Herald

“The mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“What a marvel! A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller—yet it doubles as a tender ode to loss and longing. Prepare to be haunted.” —A. J. Finn, author of the New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window

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Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
368
Author
Gytha Lodge
ISBN-13
9781984817358
Publication Date
January, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.52 x 6.43 x 1.20 Inches
ISBN-10
1984817353

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What could have happen...

What could have happened to Aurora? Someone knows but isn't telling. Uncovering bones from a thirty-year-old disappearance/murder case wasn't something the police thought would happen after their very thorough search and investigation back then. The remains of fourteen-year-old Aurora Jackson was a shock to the six teens that had been with her as well as the town and her parents. Everyone believed she had been kidnapped or had run away not murdered. SHE LIES IN WAIT goes back and forth from 1983 to the present telling the story of what happened at the campsite, how the investigation was exhaustive and came up with nothing, and moves to present day with the interviewing of the now-adult teens and the re-opening of the case. Opening the case meant bringing the six friends together at the station for a meeting. Was that a good idea or had there been collaboration beforehand? Are they all only going to try to save themselves? Will one of the friends say things that had not been said before and reveal something that could get that person arrested? The investigation turned up some facts that had been overlooked and involved a person that was not one of the six friends. SHE LIES IN WAIT moves smoothly from one chapter to the next and holds your interest because of all the questions about what really happened and who was lying back then and who was still lying now. If you enjoy being a detective, you will definitely enjoy SHE LIES IN WAIT. The story line is good and nicely carried out with some twists and of course secrets being kept. 5/5 This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the beginning of ...

From the beginning of this book I knew I had a winner. I canceled all my plans and stayed in bed and read till the end. This is a fantastic police procedural; loved it!

DCI Jonah Sheens has b...

DCI Jonah Sheens has been a cop for more than 30 years & heads up the station in Southampton. Between cases, management & meetings, days off are hard to come by. As the book opens he's enjoying a rare chance to cycle in the hills until his phone rings. A body has been found near a campsite in New Forest. No clues, no witnesses. No problem. Jonah knows who it is. Thirty years ago, he was a fresh faced newbie who joined the search for missing 14 year old Aurora Jackson. Her sister Topaz was camping with 5 of her friends, unhappy about being saddled with her baby sister. After a night of drinking, they crawled out of their tents to discover Aurora's cold & empty sleeping bag. The alarm was raised & cops, friends & neighbours combed the area for days to no avail. The 6 teens were questioned endlessly but Aurora was never found. In the present, Jonah mounts a new investigation after getting the autopsy results & his team of 3 detectives get to work. They can't help but notice their boss is a tad antsy. For Jonah it's not just another case. Turns out he went to school with these people although he was never one of them. They were the cool kids, the ones everyone wanted to emulate. As the investigation progresses, long suppressed memories come flooding back & Jonah begins to worry what his team might uncover. That's it for the plot. It's best to go in knowing as little as possible so your jaw drops in all the right places. The story unfolds in 2 alternating time lines & both are engrossing. The past is narrated by Aurora & she's a compelling character. Through her eyes we meet the 6 campers as teens & get caught up in all their angst, drama & petty jealousies. In the present we meet them again as they deal with Jonah. Some have changed, some haven't. The difference is they may finally be ready to spill the secrets they've been keeping for 30 years. I thoroughly enjoyed this. In some ways it reminded me of "Everything You Want Me to Be" by Mindy Mejia. There's something about small towns & the intense relationships formed (or not) in high school. Everything is heightened because the world is so small at that point in a teen's life. Each member of Topaz's "golden" gang is integral to its survival & I'll bet more than one of them will remind you of someone you knew at that age. The detectives are also well portrayed & Jonah's team are an interesting group. DC Juliette Hanson comes across as being wound a bit too tight & we gradually find out why. DS Domnall O'Malley is the calm voice of reason & experience, a deceptively low key guy who misses nothing. And then there's DC Ben Lightman. Self contained & fastidious, he made me think of the old adage about still waters. I'm willing to bet there's more to him than an analytical mind & pretty face. As for Jonah, he's a decent man in a tight spot. You can't help but sympathize with him as he struggles to maintain a professional distance in a case that is so personal. It's clear he has some memories he'd rather forget & I dreaded what might come out. But it's Aurora who steals the show. I found her captivating, a girl on the cusp who comes across as so authentic you can almost hear her voice. She's at the age where she's letting go of childhood & plagued by the insecurities & shaky self esteem that afflict so many young girls. But she also has an ethereal quality that sets her apart, completely unaware of her allure. All is revealed by the end & Aurora can finally be laid to rest. And the 6 who were there that night will never be the same. As for Jonah...well, he has to deal with some ramifications of his own. It's a book you'll resent having to put this down & I look forward to book #2.

I received an ARC of t...

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself. Thirty years ago, fourteen year old Aurora Jackson disappears on a camping trip with a group of fellow teenagers, When her body is discovered, it is evident that only that group could have known about the hiding spot, and the cop who is assigned the case knew the group back when Aurora was still alive. As people come together and fall apart, lies are revealed, memories are discovered, and a killer hides in plain sight. This book is really suspenseful right from the start. It hits the ground running and doesn't stop. There are so many twists and turns that when I thought I knew where the story was going, I would find out a few pages later I was completely wrong. The characters were really compelling as well. Each was unique, and while they each seemed to fit a stereotype at first, as the book progressed each showed layer after layer. That was what made it seem like any of them could be the killer, and like none of them could be the killer. I also really liked seeing how the main group from the past (seen through flashbacks) was affected by the disappearance and eventual reveal of the murder. Plus I automatically love the trope of a crime from the past being revealed in the present, and the killer having to be part of a specific group. There were so many characters that sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who in relation to everybody else. Even with how unique the characters were, the sheer number just made things tricky sometimes. This is a really suspenseful mystery that kept me turning pages and kept me on my toes. I would definitely recommend this book.

: On a very hot nig...

: On a very hot night in July 1983, a group of teenagers go camping in the woods. The youngest in the group, Aurora is delighted to be included in the group. As the night progresses, some of the kids pair up and slip off into the woods, others not so lucky. But, in the morning, Aurora has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her right before she bedded down for the night. While an intense investigation is launched, she's never found. Thirty years later, Aurora's body is unearthed in a hideaway that only the six friends knew about. Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long cold case. In 1983, as a young cop, he had known the teenagers, including Aurora, personally. His investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the woods where it all began. He's surprised to discover they are still tight-knit friends but there are definitely a few cracks in the circle An excellent thriller and police procedural, this novel is the start of a new series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens. I can't wait to read the next one!

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