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Little Sister: Is she witness, victim or killer? A nail-biting thriller with twists you'll never see coming

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The story is told from the point of Jonah and a few of his colleagues, but we also hear from Keely, who tells a terrible story about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her foster carers. Through Lodge’s careful story crafting, we are led to believe that perhaps Keely is not at all what she seems, and there is enough suspicion with the young, troubled, Keely, that the story she tells could be completely fabricated. It is not until the final chapters when we discover the truth, and all of the plot lines are tied up in little bows, leaving no questions unanswered.

Overall, I’d recommend this as a good instalment in a great series. I don’t think it is the strongest of the four novels so far, but I certainly found it compelling and engaging. Thank you so much to the publisher, Random House, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.But instead of acting traumatized or desperate to locate her sister, Keely begins telling a story about how she and her sister were abused while in foster care, only dropping hints, and leaving clues as to where her sister might be or if she’s okay or not. We get Keely's recollections, we get the present perspective investigation, as well as a bit into Jonah and his team's personal lives. Yet again, however, my all-time favorite aspect of this book (as well as the entire series), were the characterizations. But this time around, the sisters at the heart of the story were just as gripping as the police team behind the investigation. I do have to say, though, that a few of the detectives were so deftly drawn that they came to life before my eyes. With real world hurts and flaws, they were justifiably imperfect which made them all the more genuine.

I had no clue who was responsible for the crime. Lodge does a great job of keeping multiple suspects a real possibility. The story opens with Jonah having a quiet drink in a pub garden when his peace is interrupted by the arrival of a teenage girl, Keely, covered in blood. She tells a story about her sister, Nina, who is missing. Jonah and his team scramble to find Nina, but Keely isn’t in any hurry to give up any clues. Instead, she relates the sisters’ story very much in her own time – and it is up to Jonah and the police team to work out whether Keely is a killer or a victim.Little Sister, the fourth in the DCI Jonah Sheens series, is an eerie story, combining a psychological thriller with the standard police procedural. Jonah is out with his infant son when a young woman comes into the pub garden, covered in blood. She is one cool customer. He comes to find out she’s one of two sisters who have gone missing from their care home. But she refuses to say where her sister is. Instead, she insists on telling him her story on her own terms. She tells them there were three men that messed up her life. Once we get further into the story, things just get more confusing and complex. Keely holds the key but time is running out. This is another fascinating entry into a really good series. Now I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. The story is truly surprising and there are so many unexpected, definitely you’ve never see it coming twists! DCI Jonah is relaxing at a bar while pondering his domestic problems. A young woman with blazing red hair stumbles out of the woods drenched with blood. She deliberately approaches the bar. Jonah is concerned, but she is not forthcoming in her answers. He learns that she is 16-year-old Keely Lennox and that she and her younger sister, Nina left an abusive care home five days earlier. She says she is alright, but the missing Nina should concern him. Whose blood is it? Is it Nina's? Did Keely injure or kill someone? The reader is frustrated along with the police team as they try to figure things out and figure out where her sister is before it is too late.

Her story, one of a series of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse while in foster care, is repellant and heartbreaking. It becomes evident that she is resentful of her sister. Jonah and his team are no closer to finding Nina's whereabouts, even if she is still alive. Is Keely stalling for time to keep them from rescuing her sister? She tells the detectives that she has inserted clues in her story to help them find Nina, if only they were clever enough to find and interpret them. I’ve long been a fan of Gytha Lodge’s crime series featuring DCI Jonah Sheens so awaited the latest instalment with enthusiasm. First of all: I admire Gytha Lodge’s extra ordinary story telling skills and her brilliant efforts to create this moving series!But instead of finding answers, she comes face to face with Detective Jonah Sheens. Aisling's DNA is a match for a recent crime scene - the latest in a string of murders by a dangerous serial killer, known as 'the bonfire killer'. And the police have three lead suspects: her father, or one of her two sons... Little Sister is the 4th-book in Gytha Lodge's DCI Jonah Sheens series, which is a Crime Thriller series with strong police procedural aspects.

Overall, the characterizations of the main characters need a little work, but other than that, this is a solid start to the series. I liked it well enough to give the second installment a try. Very clever, and full of twists. Nothing is as it seems and the story twists until your head is spinning' 5***** Reader Review

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Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens is on the trail in this “riveting” ( Publishers Weekly) crime novel from the acclaimed author of She Lies in Wait, Watching from the Dark, and Lie Beside Me One thing I have always loved about this series is the detective team. They work so well together and each of them is interesting, bringing something unique to the table. I love the dynamic among them. It works so well. This is my fourth book by Gytha Lodge and so far, we are four for four. I thought the plot here was imaginative. The story employs a sort of Scheherazade style format. Keely takes charge of the narrative, in segments, and Jonah tries to dissect the hints she drops, while the rest of his team is out in the field following up on Keely’s clues. It’s genius in a way and is absolutely riveting!

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