On a scorching July night in 1983, a group of teenagers goes camping in the forest. Bright and brilliant, they are destined for great things, and the youngest of the group—Aurora Jackson—is delighted to be allowed to tag along. The evening starts like any other—they drink, they dance, they fight, they kiss. Some of them slip off into the woods in pairs, others are left jealous and heartbroken. But by morning, Aurora has disappeared. Her friends claim that she was safe the last time they saw her, right before she went to sleep. An exhaustive investigation is launched, but no trace of the teenager is ever found.
Thirty years later, Aurora’s body is unearthed in a hideaway that only the six friends knew about, and Jonah Sheens is put in charge of solving the long-cold case. Back in 1983, as a young cop in their small town, he had known the teenagers—including Aurora—personally, even before taking part in the search. Now he’s determined to finally get to the truth of what happened that night. Sheens’s investigation brings the members of the camping party back to the forest, where they will be confronted once again with the events that left one of them dead, and all of them profoundly changed forever.
My Thoughts: In the beginning of She Lies in Wait, a young girl, camping with her family, stumbles upon a concave hideout and discovers a skeleton. The subsequent investigation reveals a thirty-year cold case and the body of a missing teenage girl, Aurora Jackson.
The story spotlights the present and back in 1983, zeroing in on the seven teenagers who were partying with drugs while camping out. The dynamics of the group added information for the investigators.
The constables probe into the past once again, while discovering new suspects in the present.
I liked how multiple perspectives of the detectives and the adult versions of those six remaining teens kept the story moving along, leading ever so slowly toward a resolution of the crime. I liked Jonah the most, and also felt an affinity for the newbie constable, Juliette Hanson, who struggles to do everything correctly, but who is also sometimes quick to judgment.