She Lies in Wait #GythaLodge

Of all of the genres that I love, and I do love a lot, the one I find myself immersed in most often is police procedurals. Police Procedurals are a sub-genre of “Detective/Crime novels” and are told from the police point of view, often involving several, often unrelated cases that seemingly come together in the end. I give you this definition because She Lies in Wait is, honestly, a perfect example of a British police procedural done well.


Thirty years ago, six teenagers went camping in the woods. Only five of them would awaken the next morning. Now, the body of the sixth friend, Aurora, has been discovered in a “grave” in the woods and it is up to DCI Jonah Sheens and his murder squad to uncover the details of what really happened that horrible night, a night filled with too much booze, drugs, consensual and non-consensual sex. Was one of the campers the killer or was it someone who knew they and the drugs would be at the campsite? They aren’t talking which leaves only the 30-year old, decomposed body of Aurora to tell her tale.

She Lies in Wait is a slow burning, methodical detective story where every clue, every person, every detail is thoroughly looked at and discussed. This is not a “thriller” or a “suspense” novel, it is procedural where you – the reader – are along for the ride with the police as they go through their investigation. If you go into this book expecting “edge of your seat” excitement, then you will be slightly disappointed. If, like me, you love and adore well written, hard core detective books, then this will be a winner! Lodge has crafted a story that has a lot of back-story in these once-teens/now-adult characters who have remained unusually close for thirty years. In addition, DCI Sheens was on the peripheral  edges of the group and appears to have a bit of history with them as well, something he would like to keep hidden from the remainder of his squad. His squad, in turn, are an interesting group. The two men are complete opposite of one another: one quiet and thoughtful, the other gregarious, and the newest member, a female, has a few secrets of her own. The intrigue of all of the characters helps to push the storyline along.

I really do hate for books to be compared to one another, but I often thought that She Lies in Wait was quite similar to Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. No doubt fans of that series would disagree, but the writing is similar and, of course, the methodology of the squad itself is the same. In addition, the way that both authors sink into the personal lives of the characters and weave it into the main story felt familiar to each and it was something I enjoy in both series.

If you enjoy police procedurals, particularly British ones, then I highly recommend She Lies in Wait. If you like a good mystery, I think you will enjoy it as well.

Thank you to #Netgalley, #RandomHousePublishingGroup and @thegyth for my copy of She Lies in Wait which will be published in the US on January 8, 2019.


22 thoughts on “She Lies in Wait #GythaLodge

    1. Me too!! In fact, even though I’m in the US, I’ve noticed that nearly everything that I’m reading lately has been written by either European or British authors. I’m not sure what is going on with me. Maybe I’m entering a European Literature phase of life – ROFLOL!!

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    1. Thanks Shalini – I read some of those same reviews and wondered if we read the same book – LOL! But, it depends on if you like thrillers or police procedurals which is why I included all of that extra bit in the review. I LOVE British police crime novels that are a little slower and more detailed. The reviews that I read wanted more of a fast paced thriller. I’m getting a tad bit burned out on those, you know?

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    1. Thanks Jolie! I just got Prime over the holidays so I will give it a look! I used to watch Inspector Morse or Morse – not I’m not sure what it was called – so I’ve been catching up with Endeavor. I love Colin Dexter’s books and the show is terrific.

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      1. You’re welcome!! There are quite a few British series on there but DCI Banks stands out to me. I want to say that they are based on a book series but I can’t remember.


      2. Jolie, I thought the character’s name sounded familiar so I had to check. It’s based on Peter Robinson’s books with DCI Banks as the main character. I actually started reading those books back in the 80s and, at the time, they got so hard to find at the library that I quit reading them. Now, I’m going to go back and re-read them and catch up as well as watch the series. THANK YOU!!!!


  1. Great review Mac and I am glad you included the information about police procedurals. I agree, they are a slow burn with a lot of character development. I have read different ones and enjoy them, but I have to be in a certain mood. I will check this one out. I know there are different views on this one, but there are on many books.

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    1. You will have to let me know what you think about this one. I really did enjoy it and I’m so glad that I didn’t read the controversial reviews before I read it or I probably wouldn’t have picked it up and what a great read I would have missed.

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