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She lies in wait : a novel, Gytha Lodge

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She lies in wait : a novel
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She lies in wait
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a novel
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Gytha Lodge
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eng
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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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  • ​There were seven of them, seven teens on a weekend camping trip—Brett, Connor, Daniel, JoJo, Coralie, Topaz, and Aurora. After a night of partying, fueled by alcohol and Dexedrine, six of the teens wake up to discover the seventh, Aurora (Topaz’s shy, awkward younger sister) missing. And missing she will stay for the next 30 years until her remains are found buried near the campsite, and it is discovered that she had been raped before dying. Enter Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens, who, 30 years earlier, had been at school with the other teens and who now discovers that the surviving six are still a tight-knit group, though one of them is a rapist and murderer. Ah, but which one? This first in a promised series of Jonah Sheens mysteries is a bit anticlimactic, though the story is neatly plotted and nicely atmospheric. And, yes, there is the obligatory, teasing red herring, but the solution to this British import is plausible and eminently satisfying. Encore, please. -- Michael Cart (Reviewed 12/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 7, p33)
  • On July 22, 1983, bright, beautiful 14-year-old Aurora Jackson, the victim at the heart of British author Lodge’s atmospheric debut, disappeared in Brinken Wood in England’s New Forest. The discovery of her remains 30 years later near the site where she was camping with her older sister and five other schoolmates catapults Southampton Det. Chief Insp. Jonah Sheens back to one of his first—and most haunting—investigations. The secluded location suggests that the prime suspects remain the same tight circle of family and friends who were in the woods that night—a prospect troubling to the enigmatic Sheens for reasons that will only gradually emerge. Lodge smoothly intercuts the present-day police probe by whip-sharp recent transfer Det. Constable Juliette Hanson and other team members with flashbacks to the last day of Aurora’s life as seen through her eyes. In large part due to flip-flops to facilitate the plot, the surviving campers, including a current MP, never become as convincing as the detectives. Nonetheless, this psychological thriller marks a promising start to a planned series. Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 42, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When a teenage girl goes missing after a wild camping trip in Lodge's debut thriller, those involved must live with uncertainty for 30 years, until her body is found. Seven teenagers go into the forest in southeast England; only six return. Thirty years later, Aurora Jackson's body is found near the campsite where she disappeared. DCI Jonah Sheens, a young policeman when Aurora went missing and only a few years ahead of her in school, has personal connections to the case; he remembers the first unrelenting rounds of interviews that never turned into leads, and he knows that, with a body in hand, it will be only a matter of time before Aurora's killer is exposed. There were six others in the woods that night—Aurora's beautiful, wild older sister, Topaz; wealthy, connected Daniel; tattooed, volatile Connor; independent tomboy Jojo; childlike Coralie; and handsome star athlete Brett, the newest member of the group. Most of them were drunk and some high, so their recollections of the night have never been clear, but they have maintained their innocence and served as one another's alibis. But time can erode even the deepest devotion and friendship. Lodge alternates chapters between the present day, starting with the finding of the body, and the night of Aurora's disappearance. The characters are presented both as teenagers and then as people in their 40s who have never quite moved on from that terrible night. Sheens and his team are compassionate, clever, and likable, each with a story that will, we assume, be developed in later books. Despite the small list of suspects, the mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre. There are already two more DCI Sheens novels in the works—hooray! (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2018)
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Lodge, Gytha
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She lies in wait : a novel, Gytha Lodge
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25 cm
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First U.S. edition.
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354 pages
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9781984817358
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(hardback)
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2018025199
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MYSTERY
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(OCoLC)1080519833
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She lies in wait : a novel, Gytha Lodge
Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781984817358
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018025199
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
MYSTERY
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(OCoLC)1080519833

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