On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel in the DCI Jonah Sheen series by Gytha Lodge, Lie Beside Me.
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?
I’ve become a huge fan of Gytha Lodge’s writing after reading her first two books, so I bumped Lie Beside Me right to the top of my TBR pile when I received my copy. Gytha Lodge has come up with a really intriguing premise, and I think it’s the best book yet in this series.
A young woman, Louise, wakes up in bed next to a stranger. She has no recollection of why he is there or what happened the night before. The real problem is that he’s not breathing, and she could have killed him. Once I read the opening, I had to find out what had happened here, and I flew through the pages to find out.
I really wanted to see how Gytha Lodge was going to unravel the mystery of who the man was and why he was there. As we began to learn more details about who he is and his life, it becomes even more intriguing. I wanted to know how he had ended up in Louise’s bed and what exactly happened to him. Louise is immediately seen as a suspect in the minds of the police. Her memory of the night before is sketchy, and she must try and piece together what happened. But Louise has suffered from memory loss in the past, and trying to find out what really happened the previous night will be extremely difficult.
I think many readers will have mixed feelings about Louise. She’s very intriguing, but her excessive drinking does not make her a particularly likeable character. I did find that I warmed slightly more to her as the novel progressed. But I was also wary of her. I felt that there was more to her character than what first meets the eye, particularly as we get to know her. It’s what kept me turning the pages. I was never sure if she was entirely innocent in the young man’s death.
I thought the way in which Gytha Lodge pulled her plot together was very clever, and I couldn’t see how it was going to unfold as I was reading it. This is a book that really gets you thinking, and the mystery kept my eyes glued to the pages as I waited to see how it would pan out.
DCI Jonah Sheens is a great lead detective, and I’m sure he is a character who will keep readers coming back for more. I also really like the other police detectives working on the case with him. Gytha Lodge explores some of their backstories in this novel as well, and DC Juliette Hansen’s story adds to the chilling atmosphere of the book.
Lie Beside Me is another brilliant addition to this series. Roll on book four; I can’t wait to read it.
Publication date: 18th February 2021
Print length: 376 pages
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