Published By: Penguin Michael Joseph
Released On: 28/04/2022
Two sisters went missing. Only one of them came back…
Detective Jonah Sheens is enjoying a moment of peace and quiet, when a teenage girl wanders out of the woods. She’s striking, with flame-red hair and a pale complexion. She’s also covered in blood.
Jonah quickly discovered that Kelly and her sister, Nina, disappeared from a children’s home a week ago. Now, Keely is here – but Nina’s still missing.
Keely likes to play games. She knows where her sister is – but before she tells, she wants Jonah’s full attention.
Is she killer, witness, or victim?
And will Jonah find out what Keely’s hiding, in time to save Nina?
Thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an early proof of this title in return for an honest review and a place on the book tour.
I was waiting for my copy to drop through my letterbox ever since I heard of the book tour, and as soon as it arrived, I settled down to get lost in it, and get lost in it I did. I couldn’t put it down before I finished it which meant a very light night indeed, but it was totally worth it.
This is my first Gytha Lodge book, but it most certainly won’t be my last. It’s interesting to see that this book is number four in a series. I think it shows a good writer who can make a series interconnect but ensure each book can be read as a standalone piece. But it does mean I will have to read all the previous books in the series and any more to come without delay.
The wide range of characters were brilliantly written. Some made me so angry it was like I was experiencing them directly and not via a fictional character; some were manipulative and some gullible; some fierce and strong and some weaker; some was nasty pieces of work; but overall, they were all so well-rounded and perfectly complemented the others.
It is full of twists and turns at every corner, and just when you think you’re figuring things out, it flips itself on its head and you’re back to square one. It is utterly gripping and if you’re like me, you’ll be hooked from page one.
All the characters and stories are connected in one way or another and everything is multi-layered and so complex that you start to question who it is you’re meant to believe. I admit, I was quite impressed with myself as my first inklings were proved to be true (I obviously won’t say what they were), but it clearly means I could make it as a detective.
The problem with hyped-up books is that they very rarely live up the expectations, but if anything, this far exceeded it.