Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all a little further down this post!
Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy. But she suspects she’s done something bad.
She rolls over towards her husband, Niall.
But it’s not Niall who’s lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.
And he’s dead . . .
As Louise desperately struggles to piece her memories back together, Detective Jonah Sheens and his team mark her as their prime suspect.
But she’s not the only one with something to hide . . .
Did she do it?
And, if not, can they catch the real killer before they strike again?
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Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards, and developed a large online following for her young adult and children’s writing, with over seven million reads accrued on platform Wattpad. She Lies in Wait, her debut novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick.
In the words of Bill and Ted…woooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Lie Beside me is book three in the DCI Jonah Sheens series and, I’m gonna say it, THE BEST SO FAR!!
After a heavy night out with her best friend Louise wakes up next to a stranger in her marital bed. A very dead stranger! Now it’s not unusual for her to have gaps in her memory after a night boozing but this..this isextreme amnesia. Obviously she becomes the prime suspect in the man’s murder, her case not helped by the fact that she can’t remember a single thing about the previous night. It is up to Jonah and his team to unpick the intricacies of this mystery and discover the truth.
Once again the author has created a perfect police procedural; it’s not all about Jonah and his musings or tales from the station, Lodge has created a fantastic story full of interesting characters with none of the dryness of the day to day drudge details you sometimes find.
Part of this is getting to know the team and catching up with their personal issues but also we hear from Louise herself as she diarises her thoughts and memories as they return to her. I loved the idea of “drunk Louise” becoming a separate entity to sober Louise and how she seems intent on destroying Louise’s life.
A stark observation about addiction and the feeling of helplessness every one with an alcohol/substance problem would relate to.
I’m desperate for this series to be televised but until then I’ll wait impatiently for the next in the series. All the stars – go buy it!