On a hot blazing July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes for camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, the group is destined for great things, and the youngest of the group—Aurora Jackson—is delighted to be allowed to come along. The evening starts like any other, they party, they drink, they dance, they fight, and they kiss. Some of them slide into the woods in pairs; some are left jealous and heartbroken. But by morning when everybody is in their senses, Aurora has disappeared suddenly. Her friends assert that she was safe and sound the last time they saw her, right before she was going to sleep. An extensive investigation is launched, but no traces of the teenager are ever found.
Thirty years later, out of nowhere Aurora's body is discovered in a camouflage 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 the deceased Aurora—personally, even before taking part in the search of truth. Now he's determined to finish the case and get to the truth of what happened that night. Sheens' investigation brings all the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the proceedings that left one of them dead, and all of them intensely changed forever. You can buy the book from the website by using Amazon Coupons for discounts. This intense, sensitively captivating novel marks the arrival of astounding new talent and the start of a new series which features Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens.
The novel has been reviewed and critiqued well by the critics and is doing well in the market too.
Here are some top reviews:
The mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Neatly plotted and nicely atmospheric . . . This British import is plausible and eminently satisfying. Encore, please. - Booklist
A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal. - Nice French, author of Day of the Dead
A superior crime book . . . I loved it. - Marian Keyes, author of The Break
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 a lead detective who has hit the page fully formed and instantly likeable. One to watch! - Caz Frear, author of Sweet Little Lies
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 for several nights! The team of detectives Lodge has put together is top notch. All in all, it's a very satisfying read. - James Oswald, author of The Gathering Dark
A stunner . . . well plotted, brilliant characters, beautifully written: a sure-fire hit. - Jo Spain, author of The Confession
To conclude, the novel is the debut novel of the Wattpad writer Gytha Lodge and is a suspense thriller.
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