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Watching From the Dark by Gytha Lodge @ellamwatkins @thegyth @MichaelJBooks #Watchingfromthedark #BlogTour #BookReview

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Michael Joseph 6th February 2020 (Hardback)

Book Description

Aidan Poole logs on to his laptop late at night to Skype his girlfriend, Zoe.  To his horror, he realizes that there is someone else in her flat, and Aidan can only listen to the sounds of a violent struggle – and then the chilling sound of silence.

Aidan is desperate to find out if Zoe is OK.  So why doesn’t he call the police?

When his messages finally reach them, DCI Jonah Sheens and his team take the case – and discover the body.  They soon find that no one had a bad word to say about Zoe, a big-hearted young woman at the centre of a curious web of waifs and strays, everyone relying on her for support.

Each of these so-called friends is hiding dark secrets and buried resentments: has one of them been driven to do something unspeakable?

Or night Aidan have the biggest secret of them all?

My Thoughts

Firstly huge thanks to Ella at Michael Joseph Books for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a proof copy of the book.  I read and liked Gytha Lodge’s debut novel, She Lies in Wait, so I was delighted to be involved in this.

With a chilling and contemporary premise I am pleased to say this book met expectations!  The notion of Zoe’s boyfriend witnessing her murder via Skype reeled me right in, how sinister is that? – the thought of knowing something is happening, because you are there, but not physically there so unable to intervene and stop it!  Wow!

But onto the book… written in a then and now format, the book begins with Aidan witnessing the murder, an investigation begins and this is the now part.  But we also skip back 18 months to when  Zoe and Aidan met, not only do we meet her motley crue of friends but we accompany Zoe as her relationship with Aidan develops, right up to the day she is killed.

A particular strength of this book was that every character had an interesting story, from the detectives investigating to those involved with Zoe.  This meant that both parts of the story were equally strong and kept my attention.  I enjoyed the writing format and the story maintained pace throughout.  There were twists aplenty and everybody was hiding something, so true to form I didn’t work it out – there were moments when I was certain that I had but I realise now that, that was just the author leading me down a blind alley!

Overall a very good piece of crime fiction and I believe the start of a new detective series featuring DCI Sheens – an interesting and likable lead investigator who I look forward to learning some more about.  Recommended reading from me for all you crime fiction fans out there.

About the Author

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge.  After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards, and developed a large online following with over five million reads accrued on platform, Wattpad.  Watching From the Dark is her second novel.

This is a blog tour in honour of the hardback publication date later this week.  Do check out the rest of the tour to see what others are saying about this gripping piece of crime fiction.

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