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Watching from the Dark

(DCI Jonah Sheens #2)

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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.

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. Aidan can o
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Random House
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Gytha Lodge Sorry for the delay in replying :) It definitely should be, though readers are obviously much better placed to answer objectively! I was conscious of …moreSorry for the delay in replying :) It definitely should be, though readers are obviously much better placed to answer objectively! I was conscious of wanting to make sure the series could be picked up at any point, so I wrote it as a book you could read entirely by itself.

The police team have their own stories that are threaded through but I've tried to ensure you can pick these up easily too. (less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Goldber
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megs_bookrack
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up **

Watching From the Dark was everything I was hoping for. Gytha Lodge, you have made me a very happy girl.



Signing on to his standard, late night Skype date with his girlfriend, Zoe, Aidan Poole can tell right away something is off.

For one, Zoe isn't in front of the camera. He observes her moving through her apartment, but then she goes into the bathroom and starts running a bath.

Anticipating something kinky may be in the works, he sits back, watches and waits.



Things take
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Paromjit
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
Liz
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second in the Jonah Sheens series. I really enjoyed the first book, but it took me slightly longer to engage with this one. Aidan Poole is attempting to Skype with his girlfriend when he sees someone entering her apartment and then it’s apparent something violent happens off screen. He reports the incident but for some reason, doesn’t give his name or contact info. Sure enough, she’s been murdered. Will the police believe him? And why the hesitancy about giving his name?

Part of my i
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Sandy
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 stari
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MarilynW
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watching from the Dark (DCI Jonah Sheens #2) by Gytha Lodge (Author), John Hopkins (Narrator), Vinette Robinson (Narrator)

When Aidan Poole sits down for his late night session with his girlfriend, Zoe, he's miffed that she's late, again. Her Skype has started and he's staring at her empty chair while hearing her run a bath. Then he thinks he sees the front door open and the shadow of a figure, the sound of Zoe being surprised when someone enters the bathroom and then sounds of a struggle. Then n
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Luvtoread
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, Eerie And Suspenseful!

Late in the evening Aiden Poole is on Skype impatiently waiting for his girlfriend to arrive when he hears her splashing in the bathtub and wonders why is she teasing him this way and then he sees a shadow across the room and a door quietly open yet still hears his girl in the bathroom. What's going on? Does she know she is not alone or did she invite a friend over to chat, or? It's very dark on the screen but now Aiden is hearing struggling sounds and the hairs on
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MissBecka Gee
Well that was delightful.
Loving this series and loving Gytha Lodge's style.
I am eager for more cases with these detectives!
Much love to NetGalley & Random House Publishing Group - Random House for my DRC.
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Carolyn Walsh
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.

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The be
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Bridgett
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I didn't realize, upon requesting this ARC, that it was the second in a series of books.

I wish I had. Although I suppose you could consider this a stand-alone, the characters (those in the police force) weren't fleshed out at all. As I was reading, it felt as though I should know who all these people were, and their back stories; but I didn't. It was this big, huge hole that I couldn't fill because I hadn't read book one.

Beyond that, the writing had a quality which I found...floundering. The st
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Luvtoread
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creepy, Eerie And Suspenseful!

Late in the evening Aiden Poole is on Skype impatiently waiting for his girlfriend to arrive when he hears her splashing in the bathtub and wonders why is she teasing him this way and then he sees a shadow across the room and a door quietly open yet still hears his girl in the bathroom. What's going on? Does she know she is not alone or did she invite a friend over to chat, or? It's very dark on the screen but now Aiden is hearing struggling sounds and the hairs on
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Darinda
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aidan is on Skype with his girlfriend Zoe when he hears the sounds of a struggle. He's concerned about Zoe, but his call to the police is cryptic. The police investigate and find Zoe has been killed. Their investigation leads to a unique group of people each connected to Zoe.

This is the second book in the DCI Jonah Sheens series, but Watching from the Dark can be read as a standalone. I've read the first book, and found this second book to be a little better. Both are good reads for fans of Brit
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Amy Imogene Reads
3.5 stars

A man waits for his girlfriend to pick up his Skype call. Waiting for her on the webcam, he sees something in her apartment that he wasn't expecting to see—her murder.

Concept: ★★★★ 1/2
Characters: ★★★
Mystery(s)/Reveal(s): ★★★

Watching from the Dark comes out on February 25, 2020.

Watching From the Dark is the second novel in the British detective series centered on DCI Jonah Sheens and his police team, Hanson, Lightman, and O'Malley.

Aidan Poole is waiting for Zoe on Skype one night, and
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Faith
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aidan Poole is online waiting for a video chat to begin with his girlfriend Zoe when he hears sounds of a struggle in her apartment, but he doesn’t call the police immediately. He does eventually point them to her apartment where they find her dead. The book alternates between the current police investigation and a description of Zoe’s relationships with Aidan and her other friends, family and acquaintances (all of them whiny and dependent), many of whom are suspects in the case.

This is the sec
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Linda Strong
Aiden Poole is sitting with his laptop waiting to Skype with his sort-of girlfriend, Zoe. He's waiting for her to get out of the shower, when he's horrified to see that someone is in her apartment. Did she have company? Or is this an intruder?

He hears fighting coming from the bathroom ... and then there's silence ... utter silence. . He is desperate to find out if Zoe is okay. But then why is he so hesitant to call the police?

DCI Jonah Sheens and his team take the case. The phone call they recei
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 unpredicta
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Nigel
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In brief - Decent enough read and very good in parts.

In full
I read and enjoyed Gytha Lodge's first book. While I wasn't blown away by it it was a decent crime read and I did like a couple of the characters in it. One them was DCI Jonah Sheens and this book finds him involved in another puzzling case. Aidan is on his computer late at night to call his girlfriend Zoe on Skye. He realises that there seems to be someone else in her flat and then hears a violent struggle taking place. It all goes qui
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Mara
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - For whatever reason, I was not expecting this to be a police procedural, but I was very happy to discover not only that it was but that it's one with a squad very much to my taste in that subgenre! The ultimate solution to the mystery soured this for me a bit (happened to include a trope/motive that I hate), but I will definitely look forward to going back to the first book to see how the crew gets started ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
A great police procedural full of red herrings and twists. Looking forward to book 3 later this year
Sarah
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* I enjoyed this second instalment in Gytha Lodge's DCI Jonah Sheens series. Like its predecessor, She Lies in Wait (Jonah Sheens #1), which I read and reviewed last year, this was a slow-burning character-based psychological mystery, only entering thriller territory in the final denouement. It also shares the plot device of alternating timelines, with chapters switching between those describing the present day investigation by Sheens' team and those told from the perspective of the victim ov ...more
Brenda
I felt about this second book as I did the first. Not sure I'll read the next, if there is one. ...more
Dave
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
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Tasha
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts with a bang as we watch Aidan witness what he thinks is his girlfriend Zoe being murdered across a Skype conversation. But why does he delay contacting the police? And then is deliberately vague when he does? As the police team start investigating and looking into Zoe’s social circle you soon realise that this is a book where everyone has something to hide and it’s hard to spot the clues amongst the red herrings.


This is actually the second book in the DCI Jonah Sheen series altho
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Janice Lombardo
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Dana
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
I was a fan of She Lies In Wait so HAD to get my hands on Watching From The Dark ...

Unfortunately I figured out the killer very early on in the story so the shock value just wasn't there for me. Regardless, I very much enjoyed this police procedural, the characters and the plot. I felt like everything wrapped up really well.

Huge thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for my review copy.
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Sheri
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

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 frie
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Shannon Dyer
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, arc, 2020
Review to come at AAR.
Helen Callaghan
Watching from the Dark is the follow up to She Lies In Wait featuring DCI Jonah Sheens. I loved She Lies In Wait and Watching From The Dark does not disappoint!

In this book, Zoe, a promising young art student, turns up dead in her flat. Her secret boyfriend appears to have heard her being murdered via an open Skype channel. This leads Jonah and his team down a series of pathways that eventually result in a nailbiting showdown with the real killer.

There's a lovely immediacy and authenticity in th
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Goodreader
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: readinoregon, xx2020
It was fine at best. The detectives all took this MURDER case incredibly casually. Regularly taking time off to go drinking or keep up with their social lives. The murdered girl was not given enough redeemable backstory to empathize with. She's a cheater who got caught and a girl who drank a lot and was sometimes nice to her friends. Side characters weird. Saw the murderer coming from a million miles away. Total cliche. ...more
peggy
A really gripping start but unfortunately for me it never progressed. Her first book was a fantastic 5 star read and I was hoping for more of the same. For me there was too much back story and the police were incompetent and needed to be retrained and learn how to be proper detectives. This book did not grab me or hold my attention. Saying that I am sure other readers will enjoy it more just not for me. Just over 3 stars.
Thanks to Penguin UK and Michael Joseph and Netgalley for the ARC.
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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 writi
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