She Lies In Wait by Gytha Lodge Review

Six friends. One killer. Who do you trust? A teen girl goes missing after a night of partying; thirty years later, the discovery of her body reopens a cold case in an absorbing novel featuring a small-town cop determined to finally get to the truth. (Reference : Goodreads)

She Lies In Wait by Gytha Lodge was one of my most anticipating reads for December and although I enjoyed it, the story was very obvious and I figured out the killer at about 25%. 

The story slowly unfolds to reveal what happened to Aurora some 30 years ago. It mostly alternates between Aurora's POV during that fateful night and the present, where DCI Jonah Sheens tries to solve the case. 

I started enjoying police procedurals this year but this one didn't quite grab my attention. I sometimes found myself reading diagonally and skipping a page here and there and not much had happened. 

I hate when I have to leave a bad review but this book had the potential to be so much more. I wish all the success to the author and sincerely hope other readers will be able to fully enjoy this novel. I look forward to the author's future work. 

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for my gifted copy. As always, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. 

Mommy Reads

It took me forever to read this book, partly because I didn’t have time to read and wasn’t in the mood to read. I didn’t want my mood to affect this review so this weekend I powered through and I glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was a lot of mixed reviews so I didn’t know what to expect at first. One thing I really liked was that the story kept going back from the present (when they are trying to solve the murder) to the past (when the six friends are camping). You could get a glimpse of Aurora’s personality and thoughts, it was a nice touch!

What really made the story for me was the Detective Jonah Sheens. I really loved his character and the mystery surrounding him. I’ve learned that this is going to become a series and I’m glad, I will definitely pick up the next one!

The only negative point for me was that the story could have been shorter. At around the 70% mark, I was ready for it to be over. I just felt like we kept hearing the same stories over and over, but after a certain point, the tangled web started to unfold. The ending wasn’t mind-blowing but I didn’t really see it coming and I did enjoy how the author ended the book. 

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes 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.

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