SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge – book review

Another great 2020 read, part of the #instagrammademedoit as, you might have guessed already, I discovered it on my Istagram @book_nerd_cafe and ordered it via Waterstones as I need little more points to redeem my £20 treat

I started reading it and it captured me from the beginning. It has the perfect combination of past and present, going back and forth in time and I have to say that it did give me the creeps a bit (it can only mean it’s a very good story). Gytha Lodge wrote a magnificent and chilling debut thriller that went viral in record time.


Seven teenagers went down to the woods. Only six came back.

Thirty years later, a body is discovered and DCI Sheens already knows what’s waiting for him. Aurora Jackson, found at last, killed within yards of where she disappeared.

All six of her companions insist on their innocence. DCI Sheens is sure one of them is lying. But who?



I got into the mystery straight away and found myself doing detective work while reading this book. I tried to find the real killer along the police team and made everyone a suspect. I tried to figure out exactly what happened to the smart, innocent and beautiful Aurora Jackson.

Maybe, because I am a mother as well, I got pretty involved int his read. I imagined her parents waiting thirty years for closure. I imagined them never giving up and somehow hoping she will be found alive. I imagined her sister hating her so that she end up hating herself in the end – for bringing Aurora there; for maybe not taking care of her enough and for bullying her in front of everyone.

The plot thickens as you get more into the story and it all seems to make sense only at then end. I tried to guess who did it but Gytha Lodge made it hard to anticipate. The police work and events are very well documented and put in place and Aurora is brilliantly described so every person can feel for her and be determined to look for justice.

Also, it gave me a good sense of teenage priorities and day to day activity, of school crush and intensity of emotions at a certain age. It made me understand more the culture around it as well.

I can easily say that She Lies in Wait” is a terrifying story about friendship and betrayal. It is a story that makes one think twice about who to trust and who to love. The characters are so meticulously created to perfection and the story itself so well written that the reader can easily be fooled into thinking it’s all so real.

It was an entertaining read and I can say that I am looking forward to reading the second book, WATCHING FROM THE DARK, coming out this year (I am sure I will pre order it after all)

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