Posted in Blog Tours, Thriller

Watching from the Dark – Gytha Lodge

14th February 2020

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 has 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 might Aidan have the biggest secret of them all?


The whole idea of this book fascinated me especially in this digital age where anyone can watch you in the comfort of your own home! I was intrigued to find out why her boyfriend didn’t just call and report it as a normal crime, I knew there was obviously something else going on but I could not figure out what.

The dual timeline also worked really well for me as you got a real sense of the victim and her character and what had lead up to the event.

I did figure out the twist early out but there were so many well thought out plot twists that I was doubting myself up to the very end and so none of the enjoyment was lost for me.

This is the second book by Gytha Lodge with these detectives but can 100% read as a stand alone (but once you read this you will want to read more of her work!). I really enjoy Gytha’s work and look forward to the next instalment in this brilliant police procedural.

Thanks to Penguin Random House/ Michael Joseph

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 for her young adult and children’s writing, with over five million reads accrued on platform Wattpad. She Lies in Wait is her debut novel.


A working mum who just loves to read!

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