SIX FRIENDS. ONE KILLER. WHO DO YOU TRUST? . . . THE GRIPPING SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK
'Literally makes you hold your breath' VAL MCDERMID
'A chilling cold case that comes alive' 5***** READER REVIEW
'A corkscrew-twisty, knife-sharp thriller' AJ FINN
'Twists and turns all the way. A must read!' 5***** READER REVIEW
Seven teenagers went down to the woods. Only six came back . . .
30 years later, a body is discovered.
DCI Sheens already knows what's waiting for him - Aurora Jackson, found at last.
What he doesn't already know is that it's murder.
When all six witnesses insist on their innocence, DCI Sheens is sure one of them is lying.
'I loved it. A SUPERIOR crime novel' Marian Keyes
'An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder' The Sunday Times
'A refreshing and original thriller with plot twists you never see coming!' 5***** Reader Review
'A dark, deep, terrific thriller and a scorching portrait of friendship and its betrayal' Nicci French
'A stunning debut. Brilliantly formed characters and a twisty, clever plot had me turning pages well past my bed time' Heidi Perks, bestselling author of Now You See Her
'5***** This twisty-turny read is a cut above the rest because of the brilliant writing' Sun
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.