Reviews

  • An engaging tale of lust, rivalry and murder

    Sunday Times
  • This enjoyably chilling suspense tale conveys both the thrills and the dangers of being a teenager on the brink of adult independence... The obvious questions of how she died and at whose hand are properly dealt with. But the fascination of this story is in the character studies of the surviving children, all grown up now and participants in a dark mystery that they all wish had never seen the light of day

    New York Times
  • A gripping, atmospheric thriller and hugely promising debut

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  • This twisty-turny read is a cut above the rest because of the brilliant writing. 5 *****

    Sun
  • With a punchy hook, this is the perfect read for a book club

    Cambridge Edition
  • Gytha Lodge is an incredibly talented writer and this is an haunting, assured debut that will stay with the reader long after they've finished the last page.

    Jessica Barry, author of Freefall
  • An atmospheric debut... Lodge smoothly intercuts the present-day police probe by whip-sharp recent transfer Det. Constable Juliette Hanson and other team members with flashbacks to the last day of Aurora's life as seen through her eyes... This psychological thriller marks a promising start to a planned series

    Publishers Weekly
  • Sheens and his team are compassionate, clever, and likeable... The mystery intrigues and twists, offering enough red herrings and moments of police procedural to please fans of the genre. There are already two more DCI Sheens novels in the works - hooray!

    Kirkus (starred review)
  • Masterful and immersive, told with pace and nuance - totally gripping. The tension wracks up page after page. A fantastic book, a sure-fire bestseller

    Chris Hammer, No.1 Bestselling author of Scrublands
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it - a great evocation of being a teenager, and a tense meshing of time lines. I'm very glad it's the start of a series

    Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange