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Watching from the Dark

(DCI Jonah Sheens #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  62 reviews
One crime. One witness. One question . . . Why didn’t he call the police?

When a vibrant young woman is murdered while on a video chat, a small-town detective wades into a circle of friends and lovers with dangerous secrets—in the new novel from the acclaimed author of the “enjoyably chilling”* She Lies in Wait.

*The New York Times Book Review

Aidan Poole logs on to his
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2020 by Penguin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, it’s another fast and intriguing reading burned a lot of my grey cells. (Dunking my head in icy bucket to put down the fire) I have to admit I had a great time ( Even though my grey cells packed their bags and want to abandon my head forever)

The book is starting fast. We’re quickly introduced (actually we are not! Correction: We just see a random guy name Aidan who sits in front of his computer and we are not sure if he is pervert or a normal human being! He may be soul twin of Joe
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This the sequel to Gytha Lodge's DCI Jonah Sheens of the Hampshire Constabulary series, a sequel I was really keen to read after enjoying She Lies In Wait. This is a multilayered blend of psychological thriller and police procedural, and it has a intriguing and fabulous beginning. Aidan Poole is a lecturer, on his laptop late at night, on skype to his girlfriend, Zoe Swardadine, only she has made her way to have a bath. He is waiting, looking at her flat, when he hears someone enter the flat, go ...more
So imagine this. You’re on the computer late one night, waiting for your girlfriend to appear on your Skype feed. You can see her empty living room & it sounds like she’s in the bath. Suddenly, in the corner of the screen, you see the edge of her front door slowly open. Soft foot steps echo down the hallway. The next thing you hear is the sound of splashing water. Minutes later, you watch in horror as the front door quietly closes. Silence.

Aidan Poole doesn’t have to imagine it. He’s left
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars. Gytha Lodge previously wrote She Lies In Wait, a meticulous police procedural which was one of my favourite books in 2019. I was thrilled to learn that there was a second book featuring the same team of police detectives. Watching From the Dark proves that her first intricately plotted, complex novel which detailed the work necessary in solving crimes was not beginners' luck and places her among the top authors of slow-burning British police procedural/ psychological thrillers.


Yayee! I am so happy and blessed to have this book!!!

I need a moment...

I really enjoyed She Lies in Wait earlier this year and was psyched to hear we were getting another DCI Jonah Sheens book so soon.

Thank you, Random House, for my ARC!!!
Amy Imogene Reads
I enjoyed Gytha Lodge's debut, She Lies in Wait, and this second novel sounds like it has the potential to be even better! Excited to find out.

Thank you to Random House for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Decent enough read and very good in parts. Full review nearer publication
Liz Barnsley
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Gytha Lodge's first novel and her second is just as compelling - we have the same detective team but as with the last book the story is mostly driven by the group dynamic of the characters caught up in a murder...

Zoe dies, watched in part from afar by someone with a lot to lose should he report it - from then on in we have a beautifully plotted and presented mystery with insightful twists and turns, an eclectic and absorbing set of darkly intriguing suspects leading towards an
Watching From the Dark, despite the bright colorful science-fiction-like cover, is a British police procedural. The investigation follows after an online video chat reveals what appears to be a murder in the background. Aidan thinks he’ll chat with Zoe, but he hears her in the bath, then the sound of someone quickly attacking her. Or at least he thinks she does.

It probably would have been more interesting if Aidan didn’t know Zoe in real life. Because then you’d have him trying to prove it was
Janice Lombardo
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb! Zoe, an artist, is murdered in her bath. Aiden had been on-line waiting to face chat with Zoe. Instead, he witnesses a person coming in quietly and Zoe in distress. When Zoe is quiet, Aiden sees the person leave .but nothing to identify him/her. Aiden is afraid to alert the police - EVERYTHING would "come out" if he did. He calls the police about an hour later, reporting to the police yet not leaving his name. The following day his guilt at not reporting what he had heard and seen on his ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Watching from the Dark has a great opening concept: a man witnessing - or rather, overhearing - the murder of his girlfriend via Skype. But why is Aidan Poole so reluctant to report his concerns about Zoe to the police? He’s clearly hiding something. But he’s not the only one...

Jonah Sheens and his team, previously seen in the excellent She Lies in Wait, find there’s a lot to unravel in the investigation of what happened to art student Zoe Swardadine. Her on-off relationship with Aidan, her
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent police procedural and although I hadn’t read the first book in the series it in no way spoilt this one and in fact it can be read as a stand-alone in my opinion. The team of detectives led by DCI Jonah Sheens are plunged into a murder made to look like a suicide and from then on there are plenty twists and turns as the team struggle to find out who the perpetrator may be. I have to say it fooled me right to the end even though I read a lot of mystery thrillers.
The writing
Tracy Wood
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley-2020
It should have been the perfect murder; a quiet street late at night, a victim living alone, a perpetrator no one realised had a key, able to slip in and out unnoticed ... or were they? A laptop open on Zoe's desk meant her boyfriend, Aiden, already waiting for her on Skype while she took a bath, sees nothing but hears everything, what will he do?

DCI Jonah Sheens has a team he trusts, a workload which includes a complex blackmail case and a message about a murder which might or might not have
Crystal Hiatt
When I requested this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series.
I haven't read the first DCI Jonah Sheens mystery. However, this is a good standalone novel.

The premise intrigued me: A murder witnessed via Skype. The murder itself was a short-lived affair that takes place off screen in the bathroom and lacked the drama I would personally have liked from a murder scene. That being said, the investigation into the 'who' and 'why' had an interesting setup and lead to a very satisfying ending
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I enjoyed She Lies in Wait when I read it earlier this year so I was quite excited to get my hand on this, the second in the series. I wasn't disappointed either as I pretty much read start to finish in just a couple of sittings only breaking for food and being as it was Christmas Day, there was much of that to be had!
We start with Aidan video-chatting his girlfriend Zoe but what he sees shocks him to the core. There is someone in the flat with her, someone who looks like they mean her
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable police procedural mystery which kept me guessing until the last few pages.
It is the second book in the Jonah Sheens Detective series but even though I hadn’t read the first one I didn’t have any problems getting up to speed with the characters and their backgrounds.
In this book Jonah’s team are investigating the murder of art student, Zoe and their are many possible suspects!
Zoe’s boyfriend Aiden Poole is Skyping her and hears her being attacked although he cannot see anything. He
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, twisty, psychological thriller! It started off with a bang, lagged in the middle, then finished strong. The lag in the middle was a bummer, I was not invested and not keen to pick it up and continue reading. I’m glad I did, as the conclusion was a fun and fast paced ride! I wish the author had filled in more backstory from book one, it was merely a mention. I enjoyed both books in this series and will look forward to the series continuing! 3.5 Thank you to the publisher for the advance ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We start the book with a murder seen via a Skype connection by the victim's boyfriend, Aidan, but there's obviously something not quite right as he doesn't want to report what he has seen, nor does he rush round to help. He debates for a while before reporting the crime anonymously. Unfortunately this is discarded as a false report as some of the information was taken down incorrectly. He keeps an eye on the news, but not hearing anything, he reports it again. Luckily the report comes to the ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
DCI Jonah Sheens is back with his team on the case of a young art student killed in her flat. Told as a now and then POV, Jonah and the team are attempting to solve the case with lots of curve balls thrown in!
This was a brilliant read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
This was an excellent read: I enjoyed it even more than the first in the series (about which I can now remember only bits and pieces - story of my life!) Adrian watches what he believes to be the murder of his girlfriend Zoe over Skype, but is only willing to report this to the police anonymously...

There were chapters detailing Zoe and Adrian's relationship over the previous 18 months interspersed with the present day police procedural chapters. I liked police officers Juliette and Ben (I see
Clare Didcock
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and quirky book. I sort of guessed who the murderer was but don’t let that distract you from a very good read. #NetGalley#WatchingfromtheDark
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Christine Revely
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all a huge thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for an advanced copy of this book. I absolutely loved it and was gripped from the first page. A woman called Zoe died but was it suicide or murder. If murder, then was her married ex-boyfriend responsible or one of her circle of friends/acquaintances . Liked the dynamics among the team of detectives investigating the death, led by DCI Jonah Sheens. Clever twist at the end although I had sort of sussed it out In the last few chapters.
Trina Murdock
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A creepy start that caught my imagination, a victim you really feel for, lots of suspects to choose from, all with motives that seem very real and believable. The police are engaging and interesting too. When's the next in the series? I can't wait!!!
sarah lerigo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gytha Lodge as done it again
Written another book that absolutely holds your attention
You are so absorbed in the story you are unaware of what is going off around you
loads of twists and turns, full of suspense, its chilling and gripping

Watching in the dark is a must read & if you haven't read she lies in wait then read that too

Thank you Gytha Lodge, netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for allowing me to read and review this book.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So when I read the description of Watching From The Dark I was immediately drawn in and couldn’t wait to read it. I did not realize at the time that it was the second in the DCI Sheen series. I found myself easily pulled in to the story and to the team of characters without having to have read She Lies in Wait. Although now I will definitely go back and read it! I do hope that this not the last of this series. I thoroughly enjoyed this police procedural novel. And look forward to what lies ahead ...more
Jen LaRowe
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was hooked on Gytha Lodge when I read She Lies in Wait. The second installment of the DCI Sheens saga Watching from the Dark is even better than the first. Lodge's ability to weave the split timeline and the current status of her characters so seamlessly is a gift. It creates a flow that makes it so easy to sit down and read her writing for hours. I highly recommend Watching from the Dark. If you haven't read She Lies in Wait, I strongly recommend that as well.

I received an advance copy from
Aileen  (Ailz) Grist
Nice to have a murder story where each person on the DCI's team each has their own strengths, rather than combining them into one person - usually of the opposite sex. It makes for a much more evenhanded and believable story. All these people have their strengths - and weaknesses - that mesh very well together. It's this team work that helps to sort out the murder and find the killer.

Brilliant book - I look forward to the next.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, I read a free advance review
Morgan Schulman
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reader-s-copy
I received an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Generally not a police procedural series kinda gal but I loved this one even more than the first one, which was phenomenal. You can really get caught up in all the characters as well as the twists and I tore through it. Easy five
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Gytha Lodge is a multi-award-winning playwright, novelist and writer for video games and screen. She is also a single parent who blogs about the ridiculousness of bringing up a mega-nerd small boy.

She has a profound addiction to tea, crosswords and awful puns. When not writing, she heads up a copywriting team at a global translation firm, where she generally tries to keep all the video-game

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