THE GRIPPING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK SHE LIES IN WAIT
'Gripping, multi-layered and fresh. Terrific' WILL DEAN, author of Dark Pines
Aidan Poole logs onto his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe. But to his horror, he realises she is not alone.
Completely helpless, all he can do is listen to the sounds of a violent struggle.
And then a chilling silence.
He's desperate to find out if she is OK. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police?
When his messages finally reach them, DCI Jonah Sheens and his team take the case.
And discover the body. . .
Watching from the Dark is an enthralling new thriller that you won't want to miss.
'An absolute gem - I was hooked from the first page' JO JAKEMAN, author of Sticks and Stones
'A genuine page turner. It kept me guessing right until the end' CHRIS HAMMER, author of Scrublands
'A riveting new book, with such vivid characters' HOLLY WATT, author of To The Lions
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Author Gytha Lodge follows up her best-selling debut She Lies In Wait with a second outing for DCI Jonah Sheens. A young artist is murdered in her home, and the only witness is a Skype date who hears it unfold off-camera. The split-narrative that follows sees a complicated group of friends point the finger at everyone but themselves, while DCI Sheens and his team try to track down the killer. It’s part thriller and part examination of the lengths a person will go to justify their own appalling actions, and the obligatory twist is one that will genuinely see your jaw drop on the train home.
In the prologue of British author Lodge's gripping if flawed follow-up to She Lies in Wait, a panicky unidentified man makes an emergency call because he's worried that his art student girlfriend, Zoe Swardadine, has been attacked just out of range of the webcam on which he was waiting to Skype with her. At Zoe's flat, the Southampton, England, police find her dead in the bathtub, an apparent suicide, but a few forensic clues suggest otherwise. When Det. Chief Insp. Jonah Sheens and his team delve into Zoe's life, they discover that, though the vivacious young woman appears to have been widely loved, almost everyone in her circle including her boyfriend harbors secrets they're dead set on protecting. If anything, Lodge creates almost too many suspects, on whom she casts suspicion in turn. As a result, the big reveal feels about as arbitrary as Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick. Until then, fans of psychological thrillers will be more than content.