June 23, 2021

Lie Beside Me

Lie Beside Me

by Gytha Lodge

Published June 22, 2021
by Random House Publishing Group

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Police Procedural

FROM THE PUBLISHER

He’s lying next to you. He’s not breathing. . . . And the killer might have been you.

Louise wakes up. Her head aches, her mouth is dry, her memory is fuzzy—but she suspects she’s done something bad.

She rolls over toward her husband, Niall. The man who, until recently, made her feel loved.

But it’s not Niall lying beside her. In fact, she’s never seen this man before.

And he’s not breathing. . . .

MY THOUGHTS

Holy bunch of suspects!

This is a police procedural with lots of suspects, lots of police (the British equivalent), and a lot of secrets. The story is told in not quite alternating chapters, wherein Louise is writing a letter to her husband to explain her actions and feelings before and since finding a bloodied, and decidedly dead, man in her bed. The other chapters cover a lot of ground, playing out multiple storylines that include the police (mainly Juliette Hansen), Louise, and her best friend, April. It turns out Louise isn’t the only one with big troubles; however, she is the only one through most of the book that spends some time in jail!

It doesn’t help Louise’s case that she gets blackout drunk often and has huge lapses in memory, particularly on the night in question. Nor does it help when almost everyone involved with the dead man are acting suspiciously, each for their own reason.

Despite this being the third book in a series, I read it as a stand-alone and the characters were well developed. There was a bit of confusion as sometimes first and/or last names were used (e.g., Juliette/Hansen, Jonah/Sheens and it would have been good to have some dividers or extra spaces to indicate when the author was hopping to a new scene within a chapter, but it was a fun, intricately plotted read, so I am rounding up to 4 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an advanced reader’s copy for review.

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