Little Sister by Gytha Lodge Publication Day review #littlesister @thegyth

It’s publication day for one of my favourite authors Gytha Lodge! Little Sister is out today in ebook and hardback and is book number 4 in the Jonah Sheens series. This series has been brilliant but Little Sister raises it to OUTSTANDING! It’s the best book in the series so far (but could also be read as a stand-alone mystery too) and is already on my Best Books of 2022 list. Here’s my review…

A teenage girl wanders out of the woods.

She’s striking, with flame-red hair and a pale complexion. She’s also covered in blood.

Detective Jonah Sheens quickly discovers that Keely and her sister, Nina, disappeared from a children’s home a week ago. Now, Keely is here – but Nina’s still missing.

Keely knows where her sister is – but before she tells, she wants Jonah’s full attention . . .

Is she killer, witness, or victim?

And will Jonah find out what Keely’s hiding, in time to save Nina?

I love this series and I adore the character of Jonah Sheens! If you’ve not read this series before then you can read this as a stand-alone novel but to get the most of a brilliant storyline you might be better to read them all-go on, treat yourself but you will absolutely love these books! And I have to say that Little Sister is actually the best book so far! Gytha Lodge has delivered a cleverly written storyline with a unique twist that grabs you from the first moment a girl covered in blood walks out of the woodland into the path of Jonah Sheens…

This is a difficult read at times due to the subject matter but due to the twists and turns you are never quite sure whether why Keely is playing with the police. She wants to tell them a story and she wants to deliver in her own time, her way. But Jonah is up against the clock if he wants to find out where Nina is and Keely isn’t making it easy for him! I loved the way the narrative was split between Keely telling her tale and the police work going on behind the scenes. It was lovely to meet familiar characters again and see how they have been since the reader last met them. Jonah’s life especially has changed dramatically and I think his new role made him see this mysterious disappearance in a whole new way which gave a different perspective of his own character.

This is probably one of my favourite books of the year so far! I’ve struggled with my reading this year and books I’ve been excited about haven’t hit the spot for me at times. But Little Sister grabbed me from the first page and I just couldn’t put it down. It’s empathetic, intelligent and compelling storyline felt authentic at all times and Gytha Lodge made me care about every single character whether I liked them or not! A fabulous 5 stars from me!

Gytha Lodge is a Sunday Times bestselling 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 seven million reads accrued on platform Wattpad.

She Lies in Wait, her debut novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club Pick. With nail-biting cases that hook you in, and heart that keeps you coming back for more, Lodge’s highly-acclaimed Jonah Sheens series – which also includes Watching from the Dark and Lie Beside Me – has kept readers gripped from beginning to end, and Lodge has been acclaimed as ‘a gifted writer’ by Daily Mail.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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