Goodness me, I love getting to be part of blog tours for my favourite authors. Gytha Lodge is quite a new ‘favourite author’ of mine – I was on the blog tour for her debut She Lies in Wait last March and it was definitely one of my favourite books of 2019. With my grounded love for Gytha Lodge Watching From the Dark is definitely one I’ve been looking forward to and added it to my ‘to read’ list on Goodreads as soon as I learned of its publication – lucky for me, the fabulous Ella from Michael Joseph at Penguin Random House got in touch to offer me a place on the blog tour and needless to say, I snapped up the opportunity to get my hands on this one before publication.
Watching From the Dark by Gytha Lodge | Book Review
Published by Penguin Michael Joseph on 6th February 2020 in hardback and ebook
To say I had high expectations for this one is actually underestimating things. I find the entire character of Jonah Sheens oddly endearing and can’t wait to see how his personal story develops in later books. I also absolutely love Juliet Hanson and her intriguing back story, some of which was explored in She Lies in Wait. Watching from the Dark focuses on the seeming murder of a man called Adam who calls the police claiming to have witnessed his girlfriend being murdered – by video feed. His story doesn’t seem to add up at all and he can’t provide them with any information as to where she lives or who could have killed her. In spite of this, the team look into it and discover that it is indeed the case that Zoe is dead – suspected suicide. Knowing that suicides can be made to look so, the team investigate and question all of Zoe’s close friends and family members, knowing that one of them is most likely to have killed her.
The characters, barring the investigation team of course, weren’t particularly likeable, but that made the story all the more fascinating if I’m honest. Zoe’s friends were all problematic in their own ways and each had reason enough to kill her – Zoe herself didn’t seem like all that nice a person, all things considered, and needless to say, all of her friends were considered suspects at one point in the tale. I didn’t guess who was the actual perpetrator until the last moments before the reveal and I was really impressed with the way in which the story unraveled slowly but surely, until at last we were handed the final piece of the jigsaw.
I must admit that I did prefer She lies in Wait in terms of the thrill and action involved, as this one was a bit of a slow burner but it was incredibly descriptive and I still enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. I’d definitely recommend giving this one a go if you’re a fan of crime fiction and fancy gaining a new literary crush in Jonah Sheens.