A solid crime thriller with well executed twists to keep you hooked!
Thanks to Michael Joseph publishers for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and kindly gifting me a copy of the book.
Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge
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. The man who, until recently, made her feel loved.
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, it’s clear to Detective Jonah Sheens and his team that she is their prime suspect – though they soon find 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?
Lie Beside Me is book number 3 in the DCI Jonah Sheen series and is the first one I have read but I will definitely be going back to read the others. Whilst this is part of a series I did feel it was standalone and can still be enjoyed for the solid crime thriller that it is!
The story splits between the narrative of the police unit as they investigate the crime and the suspect Louise as she writes a letter directly to her husband detailing moments that have happened in the past and how she got to this point. With her struggle with alcohol the information she gives in these letters will be questioned. I know there were a few times where I was unsure if this account she was giving was entirely the truth.
The team run by DCI Jonah Sheen were all well developed characters that I instantly warmed too, yet the main focus was on DC Hanson who alongside working on this crime is also having to deal with her ex-boyfriend and his manipulative behaviour. There were definitely similarities between both Hanson and Louise, both learning to take some control back.
The story is built around this one crime which has many secrets and layers which are unraveled slowly throughout the book, giving the reader the twists and turns that are fully expected from a good thriller. The author leads you into a false sense of security and just as you think it has all been resolved she shocks you with a final twist that was perfectly executed!
Overall this was a great police procedural, multi-layered crime thriller with an interesting plot and plenty of twists. I would definitely recommend to those who are a fan of this genre!